Casper is a first year trainee at Rollits in Hull. His current seat is in the property department.
March 2019 - March has been my first month in the property department here at Rollits. It’s been great to settle into the new team and meet more of my colleagues - who have all made me feel very welcome!
I have been tasked with various interesting tasks such as exchanging contracts, drafting Reports on Title and making various Land Registry applications. It has been great to put into practice much of what is taught in law school and I am enjoying the responsibility which Rollits gives its trainees in the property department.
I have also attended various events outside of the office including a fantastic breakfast event organised by the Humber Institute of Directors and the Bondholders at which Andy Haldane from the Bank of England gave his perspective on Brexit and the global economy.
February 2019 - February marks the end of my first seat as a trainee at Rollits. The Company and Commercial department has been incredibly welcoming and have given me a lot of support in the transition from law student to lawyer - which can be quite a steep learning curve at times! I been able to grow into taking on more responsibility throughout my seat but have never felt unsupported which really is testament to the quality of the training here.
The past six months have allowed me to develop a number of skills imperative to being a good lawyer, such as drafting, legal research, advising clients, commercial awareness and time management. The CoCo department has given me a good variety of work. For the corporate team I have worked on transactions including selling businesses (both share sales and asset sales), shareholders agreements and option agreements. I have also worked on some commercial transactions such as drafting contracts for the supply of services and responding to GDPR subject access requests. I have really enjoyed working with the employment team in particular, where no two days are the same! On this side of things I’ve acted closely advising clients on various business immigration matters, advised on disciplinary/ termination cases and researched numerous pay and holiday related queries.
I am really looking forward to starting my next six months in the Commercial Property department, getting to know more of my colleagues and working on more matters!
January 2019 - Despite having a good amount of time off over the festive period January has been hectic! Arriving back into the office I was thrust into the midst of an Employment Tribunal due to be heard the following week. This involved a lot of proof reading, preparing bundles, instructing counsel and helping prepare witness statements. On the employment side of things I have also been tasked with a number of research tasks for our larger clients on topics such as maternity pay, contractual benefits and various visa related issues.
On the corporate side of things I prepared a number of documents for a management buy-out (MBO) which we are acting on. This required a suite of board minutes from various companies, written resolutions and forms to be filed at Companies House. I also drafted an asset purchase agreement for the sale of a local business, which was very interesting as the transaction had various unusual elements. It was a tricky task but put my drafting skills to the test which is always a good learning opportunity.
Outside the office I attended the Finance and Business Skills PSC course as part of my ongoing professional development. This was an intense couple of days in which I learned a lot about various investment products and the extent to which lawyers are able to act. I also moved house earlier this month, which has been very exciting and a great start to 2019.
December 2018 - The run up to the Christmas break has been hectic in the Company Commercial department, with various matters needing wrapping up before the new year. This month I have taken on more responsibility, including doing a lot of the leg work on smaller matters for the corporate team. I enjoyed drafting a suite of documents for a share buy back and drafted further banking documents. I have also continued to be involved in a lot of employment work, and have had interesting research tasks such as when the Tribunal will strike out claims due to the claimants vexatious behaviour.
It has also been good fun around the office, with our floor’s secret Santa and our Christmas meal. After a busy start to my training contract it was also very nice to spend some time at home with my family, eating good food, and riding my bike!
November 2018 - I am now halfway through my first seat at Rollits and it’s great to be settling into the firm.
Most of my work this month has been for the corporate team. As I have been at Rollits for three months now I have been able to take on some more responsibility. This meant more client contact, more complex tasks and more matters to work on. The work in corporate has been varied, for example I was involved in the completion of the sale of a business, which meant all hands on deck to ensure that all of the formalities were in place and that our clients were happy. I have also been drafting documents relating to share option agreements, incorporated companies and done various due diligence tasks relating to the sale of various business.
My work outside of the corporate department has been very interesting too. I have researched and given advice on a number of issues for the employment team and have also written various articles on employment law topics. For the commercial team I have been involved in reviewing contract terms and conditions and getting to grips with GDPR subject access requests.
Outside of the office I also joined Team Rollits at The Bridges annual fundraising quiz. Unfortunately Rollits didn’t keep up our winning streak, but a lot of money was made for a fantastic charity and everyone had a great time!
October 2018 - It’s hard to believe that I’ve been at Rollits for two months now! It’s been very interesting to get involved in the various matters that the Corporate & Commercial department have been working on.
The majority of my work has been done for the corporate team, who have had a busy month. I have incorporated a management company for a development of flats, giving me the opportunity to hone my drafting skills. I have also been involved in a number of banking matters as well as the sale of a company, both of which also required a careful eye for detail when drafting a number of ancillary documents and gave me an opportunity to consider some of the commercial issues surrounding corporate transactions.
I was also able to do some work with the employment team, such as drafting witness statements for an Employment Tribunal and doing some research on a complex immigration matter for one of our clients.
In October I was also able to attend the launch of the partnership between C4DI and Barclays Eagle Labs at Hull Minster, which was a great event to mark the next big step forward for the tech sector in Hull.
It has been a great first couple of months here at Rollits and I’m looking forward to the next few months in the Corporate & Commercial department.
My first two weeks at Rollits have absolutely flown by. I arrived at Rollits after completing my Bachelors in Philosophy at the University of Leeds, followed by a Masters in Law and the LPC at the University of Sheffield (achieving a Distinction in both) - so it has been fantastic to finally put what I have learnt into practice.
As a trainee in the Corporate and Commercial department I have hit the ground running, and have gotten my teeth stuck into interesting tasks such as drafting Articles of Association, a Deed of Retirement from a Partnership, as well as various bits of research.
I grew up south of the Humber, and so I am proud to be training at such a highly regarded firm. The team has been great in welcoming me to the department and I can’t wait to see what the next six months have in store.