Work Experience Blog: Amy Buttrick

Amy Buttrick

I was very excited to start my two-week vacation scheme at Rollits, having previously spent a few days at the firm in 2012 on work experience, which I loved.  Having the opportunity to return for another placement but with more legal knowledge and experience this time round was therefore a fantastic prospect.  Now at the end of the placement I can happily say Rollits surpassed all expectations once again and is a firm I greatly admire. The vacation scheme provided a unique opportunity to experience a 'mini training contract' during which I spent three days in each of the firm's core departments.

I was based at the Hull Office and upon arrival on my first morning I felt very nervous. However after meeting my work experience colleague and being introduced to the firm's trainees, I began to feel settled. After the introductory session we were given a guided tour of the office by Hollie Burnett (a current trainee) who made us feel very welcome and introduced us to each department. I was then taken to my first seat - dispute resolution.  I was very excited to spend time in this department, as it is an area of law that interests me a lot.  The whole of the dispute team made me feel very welcome. Throughout the three days I was given a variety of work from conducting research for new cases that had just come in to drafting letters and putting together a particular of claim. Hollie was always on hand to answer questions, offer friendly advice and ensure I felt part of the team during the short time I was in the department!

On the second day of the vacation scheme the work experience student based at the York Office travelled to Hull. We were introduced after lunch and in the afternoon took some time out of our first seats to attend three informal presentations.  I found each one very informative as they showed Rollits is a business as well as a law firm. I learnt that there are other roles as well as the fee earners within a law firm that are crucial to ensure success.

On the fourth day of the placement after my first seat in disputes it was time for my work experience colleague and I to visit the York Office for the day. When we arrived we were given a tour of the office which although small was a fantastic place and, due to it's location by the canal, was rather picturesque.  We then received a very interesting marketing talk that again showed Rollits really is more then just a law firm. Lunch at Masons was lovely and a great opportunity to socialise outside of the office. We finished the day by presenting ideas we had for the marketing of Rollits. Our points seemed to be valued and the whole day was a real success!

On the Friday of the first week I began my second seat in the property and private capital department. After studying a couple of modules linked to this area of law recently, I was interested to see the practical side to it as I often found the academic side to be dry. Dealing with real life matters, however, turned out to be different and I thoroughly enjoyed all the work I was given. During this seat I was able to conduct more research, draft a detailed planning permission objection letter and assist Ewan (a trainee) in any work he was given.

My final seat was in the company and commercial department, I was excited about this as I have elected for modules in my final year that heavily focus on these areas of law. I was very busy with real life work right from my first morning. John Flanagan (a partner) involved me over the three days in work he was conducting. I helped with the drafting of a business guarantee, attended a meeting with clients to take notes and afterwards write up the file note and on my final day dealt with stock transfers and the drafting and sending of a letter. I loved the time I spent in the company and commercial department and the opportunity I had to carry out real life work, a very rewarding experience.

At the end of the week the other work experience students and I delivered our chosen presentations. I found this to be really enjoyable and a great way to end my time at the firm. All in all, my time at Rollits was invaluable! I cannot recommend it highly enough to any aspiring solicitor!

Amy Buttrick, 2nd year Law, University of Liverpool

Posted on: 27/07/2015

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