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November 2022

This month I have assisted with various research tasks and one of them being on Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE). TUPE regulations protect employees’ rights when the business they are employed by changes owner. In particular, I had to look at the transferee’s and transferor’s legal obligations under a TUPE transfer and also determine whether any exceptions apply to the transfer.

I have also prepared a couple of articles for the website. One which provided an overview of the first set of changes introduced by the Charities Act 2022 and another which looked at the National minimum wage increases announced for April 2023.

This month I have also completed my last Professional Skills Course (PSC) module, which was an “Introduction to Commercial Conveyancing”. This course focused on many difficult issues that arise in commercial conveyancing. At the end of the course, I had a much better understanding of the relevant statutory provisions as well as better understanding on how to tackle some of the issues that arise in commercial property transactions. Trainee solicitors are required to complete all of the PSC training in order to qualify, I am therefore, a step closer to qualifying in March!

October 2022

October has been a very busy month within the employment team. This month I have assisted on several different research tasks such as; whistleblower protection.  An employee is a whistleblower if they report certain type of wrongdoing. The wrongdoing disclosed by the employee must be in the public interest.  As a whistleblower an employee is protected by law - they should not be treated unfairly or lose your job because they ‘blew the whistle’. Whether a whistleblower qualifies for protection depends on satisfying a test and it was my task to determine whether the employee satisfied the test.  In addition, I also did some research on defamation claims, maternity leave and pay as well as discrimination.

I am really enjoying my time within the employment team, as no two days are the same!

September 2022

September marks my first month within the employment team.  This month I carried out research on various different topics such as; Disability discrimination and reasonable adjustments, mobility clauses, director’s duties, direct and indirect discrimination as well as harassment.  I have also drafted a letter of advice to a client advising them on how to conduct a right to work check and the specific action an employer can take to prevent liability for a civil penalty.  I have also been lucky enough to attend a tribunal hearing this month. This experience gave me valuable insight into the court process and familiarise myself with the court setting. My role was to take detailed notes of the hearing, support the client and assist the counsel where necessary.

August 2022

August marks my last month in the Dispute Resolution department, which means that I am about to start my fourth and final ‘seat’ of my training contract. I am very excited but also a little nervous to go in to my last ever ‘seat’.

This month I have assisted with a lot of family law related matters. As we have a hearing coming up in early September, I was tasked with preparing a hearing index, bundling documents and corresponding with the courts as well as the counsel. I also carried out research on enforcing consent orders.

This month I also attended the Hull Young Professionals networking event. I try to attend networking events as often as possible as they are a great way to build connections and develop relationships with likeminded people.

Overall, the last six months in the Dispute Resolution department have been challenging at times but also very rewarding. I am looking forward to getting stuck into my final seat and qualifying in March 2023!

June 2022

June has flown by in the Dispute Resolution department and it has been another great month.

This month I have attended a couple of client meetings, which is an aspect of the role that I really enjoy. Observing client meetings are an invaluable way for a trainee solicitor to learn key skills such as client interviewing, tailoring advice and communicating to each client.

This month Rollits has also welcomed some Vacation Scheme students. Vacation Schemes are very important for aspiring lawyers as they provide an insight into what working for a particular firm is like.

I have really enjoyed speaking to the students and offering them advice on how to secure a Training Contract.

May 2022

May marks the half-way point of my time in the Dispute Resolution department; I cannot believe how quickly it has flown by. It has been a busy last few weeks and I have had the opportunity to learn many valuable skills.

This month I carried out research on various different topics such as; Education Act, The Non-contentious Probate Rules, Possession and Injunction claims as well as the Equality Act.

I also had the opportunity to further improve my drafting skills by drafting a Letter Before Action, Statement of costs as well as a witness statement.

I am enjoying my time in the Dispute Resolution department and I look forward to gaining more skills with the weeks to come.

April 2022

April has been a busy month in the Dispute Resolution department.

This month I carried out research on various different topics such as; Education Act, injunction against person’s unknown, TOLATA claims as well as enforcement of costs in family proceedings.

I also drafted several documents such as; Statement of costs, order for possession, witness statement as well as a Form E. Additionally, I prepared a couple of court hearing bundles.

This month the Employee Forum has also organised an Easter themed Elevenses during which we did chocolate tasting!

March 2022

The end of March marks my first full month in the Dispute Resolution department. It has been a busy first month and I have had the opportunity to be involved in a variety of different tasks.

This month I have attended several family-related client meetings. My task during the meetings is to take as much notes as possible and later produce an accurate and detailed file note of the meeting. I have, therefore, had a lot of face to face client contact which is an aspect of the role that I really enjoy.

I have also drafted several documents such as Family Order form, change of name deed and a statement of costs.

I am really enjoying this seat as no two days are ever the same.

February 2022

February marks my last month in the Property department which means that I am now half way through my Training Contract!

I have drafted several different documents this month such as an RX1 which is an application to enter a restriction on the title as well as several different Stamp Duty Land Tax returns. I have also attended a couple of client meetings. My role at client meetings is to take detailed notes and prepare an accurate attendance note from the meeting.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Property department. I feel like I have developed both professional and personally. It has been challenging at times, but very rewarding. I am now looking forward to joining the Dispute Resolution Team and seeing what the next six months bring!

January 2022

January has flown by in the Property department and it has been another busy month. This month I have carried out various different research tasks namely, research on mooring agreements, Almshouse agreements as well as looking into the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) linked transaction relief and looking at ways to calculate the tax due on leases.

I have also drafted several different documents such as Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement, SDLT returns, RX4 form which is a form used to remove a restriction from the title register and several transfer (TR1) forms and application to change the register (AP1) forms.

February will be my last month in the Property department so I am going to use this as an opportunity to take in as much knowledge as I possibly can.

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