I grew up in Edinburgh but completed the undergraduate LLB and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow. I moved back to the capital city last year and joined Balfour+Manson as a trainee solicitor in August 2018.
After completing my Diploma, I worked at STV in Glasgow within their in-house legal team for nine months where I assisted with the management of their contracts system, administrative work for the Scottish Children’s Lottery and supported the preparation of the business for the GDPR. During University, I volunteered at the Scottish Child Law Centre where I had the responsibility of taking phone calls from the general public about family and child law issues at the first instance and reporting back relevant information to solicitors so they could provide tailored legal advice. I also volunteered at Promoting Positive Contact, a contact centre which gave me a greater insight into how court ordered contact works in practice and the process of writing up Child Welfare Reports.
In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, training in Taekwondo and travelling. I am also a member of Amnesty International as I am passionate about human rights and campaigning against injustice and inequality in the world.
I have now commenced my second year as a trainee solicitor, and work in the Employment Department headed by Robert Holland. I assist the team with variety of employment cases, including a mixture of contentious and non-contentious work, for which we represent both employers and employees. I am particularly interested in this field of law due to its ‘human face’ and continually evolving legislation which makes it a fascinating area to practice in.
In my second seat, I assisted Julia Cryan in the Residential Property team. I carried out client work in a wide range of matters in conveyancing, including the purchase and sale of property, transfers of title and discharge of mortgages. I enjoyed the daily level of client contact which this role involved and contributing to the successful process of milestone transactions for our clients.
I spent the first six months of my traineeship in the firm’s Family Law department where I assisted Shona Smith (Partner and Head of Family Law) and the rest of the team with a variety of family actions in the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts. I enjoyed the challenge of working in litigation and found practising in family law particularly rewarding as it involves supporting individuals who are facing a difficult time in their life.