Firstly, welcome to my new blog which I hope will give you a genuine insight into the life of a trainee solicitor. I am not one for long introductions, so I will simply say that my name is Zoe White and just this week I started at a law firm I have long since admired, Stowe Family Law, as their new Trainee Solicitor.
Freshly off my LPC course and straight in to the office, I walked in on my first day this September more than apprehensive, but happy in the knowledge that I had finally made it. Well, made it into a law firm, and one of a very high standing.
After meeting my Trainee Supervisor, I was whisked around the office on a whistle stop tour and introduced to every member of staff, or at least those in the Harrogate office that day. I was then shown to my temporary desk and had forgotten virtually every name within seconds of sitting down. Not a great start but the week got better. Settling in was fairly easy, everyone at Stowe Family Law is welcoming and the days go very quickly. This is not only because I am quickly becoming very busy, but also because the office is full of friendly characters who help the day run smoothly. Stowe Family Law really is a family, may be not your conventional family, but a family all the same.
As the days passed, my desk began to fill with more interesting tasks and cases covering vast areas of family law. They say your Legal Practice Course will prepare you for life in practice and in some senses it does, but nothing can really reflect the reality of working on actual cases, meeting clients, and drafting those all important documents you struggled to memorise for your exams.
I was never under the impression that finishing my LPC and securing my training contract was the end of my story. But now I realise it is only the beginning of, hopefully, a long story, which I have the pleasure of sharing with you. So if you’re sitting comfortably I will begin.