First Year Trainee Update


First Years

(From left to right: Sarah Cunningham, Lee Thomson, Fraser Tait and Ellen Andrew)

Now that our first year trainee solicitors have been with the firm for a few months, I decided to catch up with them in order to find out how their first seats have been going.  

Sarah Cunningham is our trainee in the employment law team which is headed up by Partner Robert Holland.  She commented: -

"I am now two months into my seat in the Employment Department and no two days have been the same. I have been included and involved at all stages of an employment action: from the point of telephoning a prospective client and meeting them at an initial consultation, all the way up to advising them on whether to accept a settlement offer or proceed to an Employment Tribunal. The relatively short timeframe in which a case must be raised means this is all set at an accelerated pace.

Moreover, I have come at a very interesting time for employment law, with ‘Brexit’ and the abolition of Tribunal fees leaving everything up in the air and untested. This has made the field ripe for research and writing articles, and I have found employment law an enjoyable blend of both practice and academia". 

Lee Thomson is our trainee in commercial property working beside Associate Stephanie McLaren.  Lee said: -

"It has truly been a fast start to life as a trainee at Balfour+Manson. Academia is a thing of the past as I have been immediately involved in the day-to-day practice of our busy Commercial Department and the many transactions that are handled here. I have been given the direct responsibility and client contact that you always hope for before starting a traineeship and I have my own large and varied caseload.  I hope to continue to add something to the team before my seat here ends and would recommend the level of training given by the Commercial Team to anyone who thrives in an inspirational and constructive learning environment".

Ellen Andrews is our trainee solicitor working in the private client team under Partner and Head of Department Shona Brown.  Ellen said that: -

"My first few months with Balfour+Manson’s Private Client team have been excellent. I have been given a wide range of task such as drafting wills and powers of attorney. I have had the opportunity to be involved in setting up a trust; with the trusts that we already manage and the guardianship applications we are currently progressing. Recently I have also been able to get more involved with the executry work carried out within the department. Everyone has been so helpful and welcoming and I am come across something new every day, because every day is a school day after all!"

And last but certainly not least, I heard from Fraser Tait who is our trainee solicitor in residential property.  He commented: -

"My first few months as a Trainee with Balfour+Manson have been excellent as I was made to feel very welcome straight from the outset. With the full support of our friendly and approachable Property Team, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my colleagues in a wide variety of tasks including buying, selling and remortgaging properties.

I have relished the opportunity to meet with clients and continue to enjoy the responsibility of managing my own cases. Recently, I made my first court appearance on behalf of the firm and although the prospect of appearing in court for the first time seemed daunting at first, I found it to be an extremely rewarding and invaluable experience.’

It really does sound like our new trainees are an exceptional fit for the firm and have been very much enjoying the start of their traineeship which will lead them on to becoming qualified solicitors in 2019. 

Well done team! 

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