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February 2023

February marks the end of my time in the Property department and I cannot believe that my first 6 months at Rollits are already over. This month I have spent a lot of my time drafting, which is a useful skill for any trainee. I have been drafting Engagement Letters, Licence’s, Leases as well as lots of different Land Registry forms.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Property, it is a busy, fast paced department with a wonderful team and I will be sad to leave. However, I am also excited to move on to the Private Capital department in York to continue my legal education and broaden my practical knowledge.

January 2023

It has been a very busy month in the Property department this January. The New Year has brought with it a wave of new business that has kept us all on our toes.

Many of my tasks this month have centered around title investigations; determining who has the benefit of certain rights and who is burdened. I have also done a lot of research around the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 which is a key statute for any Property solicitor.

As I am coming to the end of my time in the Property department, I have been reflecting on how much I have learned in this time - as well as how many friends I have made in the team. I will be sad to leave but also excited for whichever department awaits me next.

December 2022

The festive season is now upon us but things are just as busy as ever for us here at Rollits. This last month I have had lots of exciting opportunities to try new things within the Property Department. I handled my very first completion, drafted some interesting documents, including a Licence for Alterations and a Facility Agreement and conducted a number of title investigations.

It has also been an eventful month outside the Property Department as well, as my fellow trainee, Molly Bloom, and I organised a firm-wide food drive for Hull food bank which was a tremendous success- so much so, we are hoping to make it an annual firm tradition.

November 2022

November has been an eventful month for me. I was delighted to graduate from my LPC LLM at the Barbican at the start of the month which was fabulous.

The Property department has been keeping me busy as always, this month I was able to witness my first completion. This was particularly rewarding for me as it was a matter I had worked on since my first week at the firm.

The Partners have kindly organised a number of interesting Webinars this month, these have centered on the drafting of conditional sale agreements and other planning matters.

I am excited to see what the next month will bring as we head into the festive season.

October 2022

It has been another whirlwind month for me in the Property department here at Rollits. I feel that I am starting to find my feet and slowly building my confidence with the help of the excellent team around me.

This month I have managed a number of different Land Registry applications, including a first registration. This was most interesting for me as it meant trawling through deed packets dating back to the 1800s, it was truly amazing to see how our local area has changed over the last few centuries.

I have also had the opportunity this month to see a few matters through to their completion and this is always a particularly rewarding part of the job- seeing the hard work pay off.

September 2022

It has been a busy month for me in the Property department so far, having just joined the firm there has been a lot to learn in a short space of time. Everyone has been really helpful and given me the opportunity to learn to manage my own workload.
This workload has consisted of making applications to the Land Registry, drafting the forms to accompany these applications and carrying out research tasks. It is exciting getting to put things I have learned in theory into practice, surrounded by a supportive team. I am looking forward to what my next month in the Property department will bring!

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