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Abbie Bielby

Abbie is a first year trainee at Rollits. Her current seat is in the Property department.

November 2020 - As November draws to a close I can’t quite believe that I am half way through my seat in the Property department.

November has been a busy month in residential conveyancing with a combination of people trying to beat the Christmas rush to be in their new home for the big day, and the on set of a second lockdown.

I have also been busy drafting shared ownership leases and dealing with plot sales of shared ownership units on new build developments.

In addition to conveyancing and social housing work, this month I have been able to improve my drafting skills, drafting a lease for a charitable organisation. Tailoring the lease to our clients specific needs and negotiating the terms of the lease has been a great experience for me. I have also started work on a variation agreement to a Section 106 Agreement. Both of these pieces of work have brought a new and interesting challenge. The really valuable part of the drafting process has been going the documents I have drafted with a colleague and discussing how to strengthen my drafting.

This month I have been tasked with putting an agreement together to record the use of some unregistered land, with a view to applying for first registration of the land in the future. It has been great to try my hand at something new and really interesting to see how varied the work of a property lawyer can be.

I look forward to what next month will bring!

October 2020 - It has been another busy month in the Property department with lots of sales and purchases completing!

No two purchases are the same and it has been rewarding to see my knowledge grow on a range of matters, from the law surrounding septic tanks to Stamp Duty Land Tax.

This month I have been involved in drafting several transfers of part, and it has been beneficial to build upon my drafting skills. A valuable part of this process has been going through documents I have drafted with colleagues and gaining their insight.

I have also been involved in work for registered social housing providers, working on shared ownership leases, and sales under the statutory right to buy. Through this work I have built on my knowledge of the law surrounding social housing and seen how it works in practice.  

This month saw the firm move to a new practice management system, which we have all been adapting to. It has been challenging getting to grips with the new system but I can already see the benefits the new system will bring to my role.  

I look forward to the challenges that my next month in the Property department will bring!

September 2020 - My first month as a trainee has flown by!

Throughout September I have been involved in a variety of property matters, from the purchase of agricultural property to social housing and re-mortgages.  I have had the opportunity to advise client’s on a range of  matters, from restrictive covenants to chancel repair liability. The variety of work has allowed me to gain knowledge in lots of areas of property law.

Residential property has been especially busy, and it is rewarding giving client’s the call to let them know the keys to their new home are ready to collect.  This month I have also submitted an application for first registration to the Land Registry. It has been great to gain confidence working with unregistered titles. The broad range of matters I have been involved with means I have been able to develop new skills and build on my knowledge. I have also carried out research into the current Stamp Duty holiday. Although the legislation surrounding Stamp Duty is complex, it was interesting to see how the law works in practice.

As a staged return to work starts, it has been great to have discussions and go thorough documents in person with my supervisor. This has been beneficial and has allowed me to build on my knowledge and understand the law behind the transactions I have been working on.

I am looking forward to what my next month in the Property department brings!


After completing two years of work as a paralegal at Rollits I am excited to start my Period of Recognised Training with the firm and eager to see what new challenges it will bring.

I spent the latter part of my time as a paralegal working from home due to Covid 19 social distancing requirements, and I am happy to be back in the office adapting to the new normal surrounded by familiar faces (albeit from a  distance) as I begin my new role!

My first seat is in the Property department and I have been able to hit the ground running dealing with all aspects residential sales and purchases. Given the current Stamp Duty holiday, my six months in the department will no doubt be busy as people make the most of the duty relief, and I am looking forward to the challenges this will bring and the new skills I will develop along the way.

I have also being assisting our Registered Social Landlord client’s with the grant of shared ownership leases as well as Right to Buy sales. I have been able to look at Section 106 Agreements on paper and see how their mechanisms to provide social housing work in reality.

I have also been working on applications to the Land Registry for the first registration of unregistered properties -  it is always rewarding when these applications complete.

The variation of work means that everyday is different and an opportunity to learn something new and I am excited to see what the next six months will bring!

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