Work Experience Blog - Robert Craven

Robert Craven

I applied to Rollits with the intention of gaining an insight into the work of a large regional, commercial firm and this proved to be an incredibly valuable experience. I was a little nervous about starting the placement, mainly due to not being familiar with the city of Hull. However, after the two weeks work experience, I had become familiar with a new city plus my confidence had doubled and my desire to work in the legal sector was stronger than ever.

Upon arrival, we were given our timetables for the two weeks and it was announced that I would be spending the first 3 days in the Property department, an area which I will be studying in my final year at Lancaster University. I was actively involved in the firm right from the beginning,  as I was expected to research content for important cases and draft letters to be sent to clients. I was also given some old deeds to look through which proved to be a very interesting read. In addition, I assisted one of the trainees in the Private Capital department, gaining a unique insight into inheritance tax, wills and probate. In addition to the property work, we were also given talks on key areas of the business: finance, administration and IT, which highlighted the commercial nature of Rollits.

The next three days were spent in Dispute Resolution, which initially seemed an intimidating department to work in due to the wide-ranging nature of the service. My first instinct proved to be correct with many of the lawyers saying that no day is ever the same. It was apparent that cases are very diverse, sometimes dealing with a breach of contract and other times with a breach of tort. I was again given important research to conduct for the trainee and also introduced to a letter of claim of action in which I was asked to draft. Rollits 'open door policy' is engrained in the firm's ethos, the staff promote a positive, friendly and helping environment, making it a welcoming and comforting place for a nervous work experience student. It seemed that all employees have a genuine mutual respect and trust in each other.

On the Monday of week two, the three other work experience students and I were taken to visit Rollits' York office and whist there were treated to a lunch with the organiser of the work experience programme. Before lunch we were given a marketing talk focused on the nature of marketing within the firm. We were then asked to discuss potential marketing strategies for Rollits to attract future trainees. We would present back after lunch.

We were taken to Masons for lunch, clearly a favourite of the firm and this was evident with the quality of food! The fish and chips were absolutely fantastic! This was much appreciated and really made us feel part of the team on a social level and not just business. In the afternoon we presented back our discussions on marketing and this went very well. It seemed we were a valuable source of information and our contributions were appreciated.

The final 3 days were based in the Company and Commercial department, where I was placed with the Employment team. This was an useful experience as I was able to look at the new rules regarding employment tribunals whilst reading and drafting important documents to assist the lawyers. This experience ignited a new interest in employment law, which I now intend to study further in my final year at university.

Finally we were asked to prepare a presentation at the end of the two weeks, in which we would present to our fellow work experience students and any interested employees on the final day of the experience. Initially, this seemed quite a daunting prospect. However, after spending two weeks at the firm, I felt comfortable that the staff would be supportive regardless of the outcome. We were asked to pick a topic from a set of sample questions and I chose the question regarding Hull City's recent promotion, which asked, 'Is it possible for newly promoted teams to compete in the Premier League?'  The opportunity definitely increased my confidence in public speaking and I will now be confident to do any further presentations if required.

Overall, the two weeks provided an valuable insight into a large regional commercial firm and I genuinely looked forward to every day of the experience. The fact that the placement was organised in a similar format to a training contract made me even more determined to try and gain a training contract with Rollits. The values of the firm were clearly practiced and the responsibility and importance of the trainees would make Rollits a unique and special place to work. I am grateful for the opportunity this experience offered and would encourage any students to apply to the Rollits work experience programme. It would be a privilege to embark upon a legal career at Rollits.

July 2013

Posted on: 26/07/2013

This article is for general guidance only. It provides useful information in a concise form. Action should not be taken without obtaining specific legal advice.

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