Trainee corner: Emma’s highlights
I joined GA Solicitors as a trainee solicitor just over a year ago and my training experience has not been disappointing.
I chose to train at GA Solicitors due to the long standing reputation of the firm within the South West, its fast rise in legal directory rankings and impressive accolades recognised locally and nationally across the legal sector.
My first two seats were combined across the private client department and the general litigation department, although the majority of my work towards the end of my second seat tended to be with the contentious trusts and probate team (a branch of general litigation) due to the quickly evolving nature of a couple of large cases that I had become comprehensively involved with.
One of the cases ended up with a decisive win at the Bristol High Court regarding the removal of executors who had acted badly, and it was a real pleasure to attend the final trial with my supervisor and listen to the judges’ decision after all my hard work leading up to it.
Obviously, when dealing with some of the larger cases with strict court deadlines, there were certain time demands, but my supervisor and head of department took care to balance this with a relaxed atmosphere in the open plan office, and were quick to acknowledge and praise anyone going above and beyond a normal day’s work. I was glad to discover that the firm strongly believes in having a sensible work life balance, and actively seeks to find ways to promote this ethos with their staff.
With its amazing views over Plymouth and the proximity to the town centre and sea, the office is a wonderful place to work. One of the best things about working at GA Solicitors is the fact that you are one of four trainees in the office. This means that you are able to share your experience with the other trainees and forge excellent working relationships with a multitude of other colleagues at different levels in the firm.
I am looking forward to my next seat in property litigation with a view to qualifying in August.
Emma Sheridan, trainee solicitor