Amy is a first year trainee at Rollits in Hull. Her current seat is in the Company & Commercial department. Below is Amy's blog about what it is like to be a trainee at Rollits!
July 2018 - I cannot believe I am at the end of another month here in the Company and Commercial Department. It has been another fantastic month and has gone so quickly. I have been able to get involved in even more matters which has been great.
The majority of my work this month has been Corporate focussed and I have had the opportunity to be involved in areas of corporate law I have not yet experienced, which has been a brilliant opportunity to continue to expand my knowledge in this area of law. I have done the majority of work on a finance deal this month which has involved me drafting a loan agreement and all of the relevant supporting documents for this, which I have really enjoyed. I have now been given an opportunity to carry out the majority of work on another finance deal that is just starting up, which will be great, as it will allow me to put into practice what I have already learnt.
I continue to be involved in acquisition work we currently have going on as a department. This month this has included carrying out further due diligence work and also assisting in putting together a disclosure letter. It has been great to continue to be involved in these matters as the experience I am gaining adds further to my understanding of the process involved and the skills needed in these deals.
All in all, July has been a great month and a chance to continue to be more independent within the department. August is my last month with the Company and Commercial Department and I am looking forward to both getting involved in more matters and finishing off some of the matters I am currently involved in.
June 2018 - I cannot believe I am at the end of another month here in the Company and Commercial Department. It has been another great month and has gone so quickly. I have been able to get involved in even more matters which has been great.
This month a large amount of my work has been to do with a number of acquisitions we are currently working on. It has been great to be involved in these matters as there is a real element of team work involved and I am gaining a more full picture of the full process with the work I am doing. It was particularly great to attend a Due Diligence meeting for one of the acquisitions and then draft the replies after the meeting.
I have also spent three days out of the office this month in Leeds on one of my Professional Skills Courses relating to Business and Finance which I enjoyed. Though it was an intense three days, I felt it was very beneficial, particularly with my current work being very corporate focused.
This week we have welcomed the first intake of summer work experience students. It has been great meeting new people and also having them around to assist with various matters. The programme will run for the next four weeks so I am sure it will be an exciting and busy few weeks.
All in all, it has been another great month in the Company Commercial Department and I am looking forward to the next and involving myself in more work.
May 2018 - The end of May means I am now halfway through my time in the Corporate & Commercial department!
This month has been another busy month and the majority of my work has been for the corporate team! One of my jobs this month has been in relation to the share reorganisation of a company. This has been a great experience as I have drafted all of the documents for this, from board minutes, to bespoke articles, to a call option agreement, supporting letters and the relevant Companies House forms. I always really enjoy being able to draft all of the documents for these types of company reorganisations/restructures as it allows me to understand the process involved in full.
As well as this, I have continued to be involved some due diligence work for a proposed acquisition, draft various ancillary documents, look at setting up a company limited guarantee and draft the bespoke articles for this company and attend some client meetings for ongoing matters that continue to progress, all adding to my corporate experience!
All in all it has been a great month here in the corporate department and I look forward to the next!
April 2018 - Another month has passed in the Company Commercial department! Now that I have had some time to settle into this seat I have been able to get more heavily involved in different matters, the majority of which have been corporate related.
One of my main jobs this month has been in relation to a Demerger. This has been a great experience as I have drafted all of the documents for this, from board minutes, to bespoke articles, to a share for share exchange agreement, to the relevant Companies House forms and the Demerger agreement itself. I have really enjoyed being a part of this as it has provided me with a great opportunity to improve my drafting skills and understanding of key areas of corporate law.
As well as this, I have been involved in some due diligence work for a proposed acquisition, set up two new companies, drafted various ancillary documents and attended some client meetings and telephone conference calls. All of these adding to my corporate experience.
I have also spent three days out of the office this month in Leeds on one of my Professional Skills Courses relating to Advocacy and Communication Skills which I enjoyed. All in all, it has been another great month in the Company Commercial Department and I am looking forward to the next and involving myself in more work.
March 2018 - My first month in the Company Commercial department has passed by very quickly and the whole team has made me feel very welcomed!
Already this month I have been involved in a number of different matters for both the corporate team and commercial team individually.
The 25th of May will see the new GDPR laws come into force and therefore our commercial team are incredibly busy in the run up to this helping various clients in meeting the new requirements. This has been great for me as it as has allowed me to assist them with checking and amending various contracts to ensure they are GDPR friendly.
The majority of my time this month has been spent helping the Corporate team on various matters, which I have really enjoyed as this aspect of law is something I am very interested in. I have drawn up various board minutes, written resolutions and other ancillary documents for different transactions and already seen a matter from start to finish which involved reducing a company’s capital and I was able to draft all of the relevant documents for this.
I have also attended quite a few completion meetings which has also been a great experience for I’ve been able to see what the end result often looks like for a corporate transaction/deal.
Overall it has been a very enjoyable month and I am looking forward to seeing what April brings!
February 2018 - February has been the final month of my first seat and time with the Commercial Property department and it has passed by quickly! This month quite a few of the matters I have been working on have completed. It has been great to both do these completions and have seen some of these matters from start to finish.
Throughout the month my work has continued to be varied allowing me to continue to experience different areas of property law. I have continued to be involved in a lot of the banking and finance side of Property and securing finance and have completed quite a few deals I have been working on since the new year. This side of Property is something I have really enjoyed as it has allowed me to also gain some corporate experience both looking at company structures and dealing with charges. This has been a great experience for me as I will be joining the corporate department for my next seat.
This month I have also spent some time out of the office at career events representing the firm. These are always great to attend as I enjoy discussing and giving advice to students aspiring to be lawyers.
Overall, it has been another great month with the Commercial Property team. It will be sad to leave the department but I am also really excited for my next seat in Corporate.
January 2018 - Following the Christmas break, January has been a very busy month for the Commercial Property team! Throughout the month I have been involved in areas of property law I have not yet had much experience in and been given more and more independence in running various matters. All of this has been both interesting and a great experience.
A lot of my work this month has been in relation to the banking and finance side to commercial property and what work is involved in acting for the bank in a transaction. I have really enjoyed being involved in this side of property law as it has allowed me to gain some corporate experience as well.
I have also been involved in completing a charge and saw the transaction from start to finish. This provided great experience and a chance to develop some key skills such as drafting, negotiating, meeting with a client to carrying out the completion process.
All in all, January has been a great month and a chance to continue to be more independent within the department. February is my last month with the Commercial Property team and I am looking forward to both getting involved in more matters and finishing off some of the matters I am currently involved in.
December 2017 - December has been a very busy month for the commercial property team at Rollits with lots of matters completing before the Christmas period! It has been a great experience to be a part of a wide range of matters all moving at a fast pace.
This month I have been involved in a great deal of lease work which I have really enjoyed. It has been great to gain experience in a part of property law I have not yet done a great deal of. This month I have also been involved in a lot of report on title work for various matters. This involves collating large amounts of information relating to land/property being bought/sold and producing a report on the information found. This has allowed me to develop a lot of key skills such as research, drafting and identifying relevant information from various documents and searches.
Over the course of the month there have been a lot of social events within Rollits in the run up to the festive period which I have really enjoyed. I have also enjoyed some annual leave where I went spent some time down in London with family. Overall, December has been another exciting and interesting month here at Rollits and I am looking forward to the new year here at the firm!
November 2017 - It is now the end of November which means I am half way through my first seat! I cannot believe how fast it has gone so far! I have really enjoyed the first half of my seat with the commercial property team and I am looking forward to the second half.
This month I have been involved in a wide range of work. A lot of my work has centred around the first registration of two large portfolios of properties and as a result drafting the transfers for each. I have also had the chance to draft other documents such as stat decs, transfers, sale contracts and a report on title. All of this has given me a great opportunity to develop my drafting skills!
This month has also given me the opportunity to be involved in some of our departments planning and development work which has allowed me to experience a new aspect of commercial property. Further, I have also been involved in property work relating to our firms education sector, again offering an opportunity to see property work in a new light to what I have experienced in my previous two months in the department. All of this has been a great experience.
This month I have also had a few days out of the office, I have attended a careers fair at Northumbria University in Newcastle and my first Professional skills course in Leeds. The careers fair was a great opportunity to speak to students wanting to go into law and offer advice!
I am looking forward to December and all of the social events planned within the firm leading up to Christmas. I’m sure it will be a very busy month but also very exciting!
October 2017 - My second month at Rollits has flown by! I cannot believe I have already done two months in the commercial property department. I have enjoyed the second month of my seat a lot and continue to feel very welcomed by everyone at Rollits.
Over the past month I have been able to get involved in a large variety of work, including drafting sale contracts and statutory declarations, reviewing a rent review clause and also attending client meetings for matters I have been involved in since joining the firm. It has been great to already see matters I am involved in progress and some even being close to completion. I have learnt a lot this month from both the work I have completed and those within the property team - it has been very rewarding.
I have also been able to attend a couple of webinars this month which have been really interesting. One was looking at commercial leases, which was particularly helpful for me currently being in the property seat as I am now starting to be involved in some lease work.
I am looking forward to my next month in the department and continuing to complete a variety of work. There are also a few social events going on within the firm which will be a great way to continue to get to know my colleagues!
September 2017 - Before starting my training contract with Rollits, I graduated with a Law degree from the University of Liverpool and completed my LPC at the University of Law in Leeds.
I am a local girl, ‘born and bred’ in the Hull area so it was an exciting prospect coming back home and joining the team at Rollits. I have felt very welcomed both by the firm as a whole and by the Commercial Property department specifically, where I am based for my first seat.
My first month in the property department has flown by and I have enjoyed it greatly! My first week was filled with lots of inductions and welcome meetings, which was a great way into the firm. Following this, I have been able to involve myself in a wide variety of work. This including, drafting various forms for the Land Registry and letters to clients, researching various points of Law and also being able to attend some client meetings. Everyone in the property department has welcomed me in really well and involved me in their work. It has been great to gain knowledge from each of them. Alongside all of this, I have attended some webinars; one being a property focussed one on Rent Review, which was very useful being that it relates to my first seat!
All in all, my first month at Rollits has been fantastic. I am looking forward to my next month and some social events coming up, including the Law Society Ball.