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October 2023

As October comes to an end, I have had another great month here in the Property department. I am beginning to feel my confidence grow as my understanding of issues increases.

My workload has been very engaging and varied! I have had the opportunity to help assist on preparing a lease report and an application for adverse possession of unregistered land for one of our larger clients. The support from my colleagues has really helped converting my academic knowledge into achieving good practical outcomes for our clients.

I have managed to experience firsthand the firms secure banking procedures when dealing with money, these standards are fundamental to protecting our clients and limiting the firm’s risk of fraud and cybercrime. It is reassuring to have full training in this area and to feel confident of the procedures used by Rollits.

I have also dealt with a voluntary application for a first registration, this was really exciting as I could search through the original deeds and find various details about the property.

September 2023

My first month at Rollits in the Property department has been really insightful! It has been a busy start to life as a trainee at the firm, but the team has been really supportive and welcoming. I have been given the opportunity to manage my own workloads and undertake a variety of new tasks.

I have prepared a large amount of legal research to help assist my colleagues on different matters. This research has been primarily focused on the process of purchasing property from registered overseas entities, neighbouring land, boundary agreements and the enlargement process for converting a property from leasehold to freehold.

My time has also been spent calculating and drafting SDLT returns, creating heads of terms for leases and contacting the Land Registry for updates and clarification on different issues. I also assisted my colleagues in a large portfolio purchase which gave me the chance to draft a statutory declaration and a number of different completion statements.

Alongside this, I am grateful to have supported the firm in the launch of the Heritage Open Day as well as attending my first Hull Young Professionals event. I am excited to see what the next month in the Property department brings!

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