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Harriet Wheeldon

Harriet is a second year trainee at Rollits in Hull. Her current seat is in the dispute resolution department.

May 2019 - I can’t believe that I am half way through my final seat and there are only three months left until qualification!

I have been involved in a wide range of matters this month which have all been interesting and developed my understanding of the law. I most enjoyed attending court alongside one of the Dispute Resolution Partners. This was in relation to a debt matter but I found it exciting to see a judge’s approach to the issues and how the Partner responded to questions in accordance with the client’s instructions.

Similarly, throughout this month I have continued to assist in debt chasing matters and I feel like my ability to deal with these types of matters has developed significantly.

I have had the opportunity to attend more client meetings as well as drafting instructions to counsel. Whilst I found this task challenging, I enjoyed dealing with this work. Other work I have undertaken has involved arranging counsel to attend a hearing and carrying out a variety of research tasks.

Overall, I have had a busy month in the Dispute Resolution Department. I am looking forward to being involved with more matters over the next few months and learning as much as possible in my final months as a Trainee.

April 2019 - I have really enjoyed my second month in the Dispute Resolution department and I continue to be involved in a variety of work.

This month I have been heavily involved in the disclosure process of a big matter and I have found it extremely interesting to continue to learn about the different stages of litigation. I have also undertaken work in relation to the recovery of care home fees, the restoration of a company for the purposes of selling some property, work involving a determined boundary and a number of research tasks for the Education Team.

I have continued to attend webinars relating to all of the departments at Rollits which I have found useful in helping me with the broad range of matters which the Dispute Resolution department encounters and these have been beneficial in keeping me up to date with legal developments. In the same way, I have had the opportunity to assist with the events that Rollits hold such as the Employment Law Annual Update which was a great occasion to network.

Overall, I am looking forward to the next few months of my seat and getting involved with more matters.

March 2019 - My first month in the Dispute Resolution department has passed extremely quickly!

I have been able to get involved in a broad range of work. In particular, I have assisted in a without prejudice meeting, the disclosure process for a certain matter and undertaken a number of research tasks. The team has been very supportive in helping me understand the different stages of litigation and it has been interesting to get some experience in a contentious area of law.

I have also attended some networking events. One of these events was the Smailes Goldie Big Fat Quiz of the Year earlier in the month. I thoroughly enjoyed this event as it was a great opportunity to be part of a quiz team that was made up of my colleagues and get to know the people I work with better.

This month I have been able to represent the firm at the Hull College Careers Fest where I was able to meet the students and discuss their career aspirations with them. It was an excellent opportunity to let the students know about the process in becoming a solicitor and discuss the opportunities that Rollits has to offer.

Overall it has been an exciting month at Rollits and I am looking forward to seeing what April has to bring

February 2019 - I can’t believe that I am at the end of the Company-Commercial seat and I am moving into my final seat.

It has been an exciting month and I was able to take part in a firm wide quiz. This was an excellent opportunity to get know other people in the firm who I don’t usually work with. I have also been able to attend a number of the Hull Young Professionals events which has included the first quarterly social of the year and the HullBID Business Network Event. These have been really good opportunities to meet and understand the work of others in the area who are also junior in their role.

I have been involved in a variety of work throughout this seat and I have also been able to learn by osmosis by working in such a busy department on a day-today basis. In particular, I have recently helped the Commercial team which has included drafting a sponsorship agreement and assisting in liaising with the intellectual property office in relation to a trademark application for a client; these are both tasks that I have enjoyed. I have also been able to get involved with some work for the Charities team where I have completed a number of research tasks and assisted in the set up of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

The Company-Commercial department have been incredibly helpful in supporting me throughout my time in the department and I am looking forward to completing my final six months as a Trainee Solicitor.

January 2019 - January has been another enjoyable month in the Company-Commercial department. I have had a heavy focus on commercial matters this month which has given me the opportunity to expand my knowledge of this area of law. I have been given more responsibility and been able to get involved in drafting a number of documents. In particular, I drafted a data sharing agreement which was something completely outside of my experience. I thoroughly enjoyed this work and I am looking forward to completing more of this work in the last month of this seat.

I have also undertaken a number of tasks in relation to corporate matters and been able to draft a number of corporate documents. I feel like I am becoming more confident with this type of work and have learnt a lot since starting my seat. In addition, I have carried out a number of research tasks for the employment team which has been extremely interesting; one task in particular required an understanding of the impact Brexit might have on a certain issue.

Overall, this month has been very exciting and I am looking forward to my next month in the department.

December 2018 - December has been a very busy month for the Company and Commercial department at Rollits with lots of matters completing before the Christmas period. I have enjoyed working on these matters which have been moving at a quick pace and being presented with the challenge of completing work within an fast approaching deadline has been exciting.

The work I have been involved with this month has included re-registering a plc as a private company, assisting in drafting an agreement for the purchase of goods and services as well as helping the Employment team by researching an equal pay claim. I am feeling more confident with the work I am completing and am looking forward to the next two months of my seat.

Throughout December there have also been a number of social events and festivities at Rollits such as Christmas jumper day, office decorations, Secret Santa and the Christmas party. It has been really good to get involved with these events and I am excited to start the new year at Rollits.

November 2018 - I can’t believe that I am half way through my Company and Commercial seat. November has been a very busy month in this department. I had the opportunity to assist the Commercial team with more GDPR related work. In particular, I was involved in a GDPR audit at two schools which involved assessing how the schools process personal data and what actions the schools take in order to be GDPR compliant. I thoroughly enjoyed being involved with this work as I was able to put the requirements of the GDPR into greater perspective.

I have also been able to attend further client meetings outside the office and assist in advising a client in relation to a personal guarantee and indemnity. Having had a similar opportunity in the past, I feel more confident when engaging in this type of work.

I have also been able to broaden my experience of corporate transactions and draft a number of board minutes, stock transfer forms and Person with Significant Control forms. I am looking forward to being involved in more corporate deals in the next few months.

October 2018 - I have really enjoyed my second month in the Company-Commercial department and I have been able to get involved with many more matters.

In particular, I have been able to assist the Commercial team and I have gained experience in reviewing various contracts to ensure our clients, who are seeking to enter into agreements with suppliers, are compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”). Similarly, I was able to support the team with further GDPR queries raised by our client’s over telephone and also in relation to a subject access request. This work was something completely outside my experience and I have enjoyed my first introduction to GDPR work.

I have also been involved with some intellectual property matters and had the opportunity to carry out some research in relation to trade marks in order to advise on the different classes of marks. I found this research interesting and I look forward to being involved with more matters like these throughout this seat.

This month I have also been able to attend my first Professional Skills Course elective having completed all three of my core modules last year. I chose to attend the Will Writing Workshop as I continue to have an interest in Private Capital work. I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and it was good to revisit that area of law.

Overall it has been a busy month and I have learnt a lot from everyone in the team. I am looking forward to the next few months and getting involved with more matters.

September 2018 - I have really enjoyed my first month in the Company and Commercial department. Everyone in the department has been very welcoming and given me lots of help when needed.

I have been involved in a variety of different work and it has been exciting to undertake work in relation to Corporate, Employment and Commercial matters as well as being able to understand how those areas of law all link together.

So far, I have already been able to complete a number of employment tasks and have been able to attend two tribunals. This is something that was completely outside of my experience and it has been interesting to assist in a contentious area of law. In particular, I was given the opportunity to be more heavily involved with one of the tribunals and I assisted in drafting witness statements, instructions to counsel and other work in preparation of the tribunal. I learnt a lot from this experience and look forward to being involved with more employment matters in the future.

Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed my first month in the department and I am also looking forward to attending the Law Society Annual Ball at the end of this month.

August 2018 - August has been my last month in the Property department and is the end of the first year of my training contract. The last six months in the Property department have passed incredibly quickly but I am also excited to start my new seat in the Company and Commercial department. In addition to the seat change, I am also looking forward to welcoming the new trainees in September!

This month has been extremely busy in the Property department and I have been finishing off the work I have been involved with over the last six months. During my Property seat, I have been involved in an extremely wide range of matters including sales and purchases, first registrations, SDLT issues and title review matters. Overall, I feel like I have had an opportunity to get involved in all aspects of Property law which has enhanced my Training Contract experience.

Furthermore, all members of the Property department have been willing to help me with unfamiliar of aspects of transactions and complex legal issues and I now feel more confident with these issues.

I am looking forward to the second year of my training contract.

July 2018 - I can’t believe that I only have one more month in the Property department! I feel like the time I have spent in my second seat has flown by. This last month has involved me working closely with the second group of work experience students which has been really enjoyable. It has been a good experience to answer their questions about training contracts at Rollits and give them an insight into the work that a trainee undertakes. I have also been able to accompany the Planning team on a planning inquiry which was an exciting opportunity for me to experience something completely new. I have also been very busy this month with a number of first registration matters in relation to both commercial and residential property in addition to assisting in the process of sales and purchases. I have been able to undertake some work in relation to secured lending and I feel like my experience of the Property department has broadened over the last month. I am looking forward to my final month in this department and gaining even more experience before I move seats.

June 2018 - June has been an exciting month in my training contract. It has been Business Week and I was able to be involved with hosting an event at Rollits as well as attending other events taking place in the area. In particular, I attended a finance seminar which I found extremely useful in refreshing my knowledge of company accounts. This will be helpful when acting for corporate clients and will assist me with understanding their financial structure. I also attended a Humber Routes seminar. This was another interesting event and I found it inspirational being introduced to local businesses which were established and grown in the area.

Furthermore, this month at Rollits we have welcome the first group of work experience students. I have enjoyed being able to talk to the students about life as a trainee solicitor at Rollits and provide guidance in relation to the tasks they have been set. I am looking forward to welcoming the second group of students in two weeks time.

May 2018 - I can’t believe that I am half way through my second seat. Throughout May, I have been able enhance my knowledge of commercial property. I have continued to attend webinars covering all areas of law covered by the firm and I have been involved in more drafting work as well as completing various Land Registry applications. Furthermore, I have been able to assist the Planning Team in more planning matters and I was given the opportunity to complete a purchase. I enjoyed having this experience as it gave me the chance take on more responsibility.

I am looking forward to developing my skills and knowledge during the second half of my seat as well as meeting and working with the work experience students who are due to attend Rollits over the summer. I will enjoy being able to answer questions about my recent legal studies as well as life as a Trainee Solicitor at Rollits.

April 2018 April has been a busy month in the Commercial Property department. I have been involved in a wide range of work which has included drafting various different documents such as Contracts of Sale, Transfers and Lease Reports. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to engage with new types of work and broaden my understanding of property law. I have also been able to expand my knowledge of Stamp Duty Land Tax by a variety of research tasks and preparing SDLT Returns. I also attended a workshop on SDLT which I found extremely helpful in understanding the rules and reliefs relating to SDLT.

In addition to those tasks, I assisted the Planning and Development team when I attended a site visit in which we investigated the extent of a development site which is something I found very interesting and I enjoyed being able to see the Land in question.

I am looking forward to the next few months of my Property seat.

March 2018 - My first month in the Property Department has been an exciting change in my training contract!

I have been involved in a wide variety of work since beginning in the Property Department. Although it was strange starting in a completely new area of law, I have enjoyed being presented with new challenges and expanding my knowledge of the law even further.

So far I have been involved in client meetings, completions as well as drafting a number of Land Registry application forms. Furthermore, I have recently completed my first SDLT Return which I found an interesting process having had the opportunity to research the rules in relation to SDLT first. I have also had the opportunity to complete a first registration to register a lease where the freehold title is unregistered.

Everyone in the Property Department has been very welcoming and I have thoroughly enjoyed my first month in my second seat. I am looking forward to getting involved with more matters throughout the next few months.

February 2018 - I cannot believe that my first six months at Rollits has come to an end and it is time to move into my next seat. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first seat and I am so grateful to everyone who has welcomed me into the firm. Furthermore, it has been a pleasure to experience the York office and immerse myself in a broad range of work. The Private Capital department have also been extremely helpful and have encouraged my progression as a Trainee Solicitor. I have learnt so much from everyone in the department who have always taken the time to give me guidance whenever it was needed. Moreover, I have had the opportunity to gain experience in running matters under the supervision of a solicitor which has been invaluable in giving me a true understanding of what it is like to be a qualified Private Capital Solicitor.

Despite having to leave the Private Capital Department, I am looking forward to commencing my next seat in the Property department in the Hull office as I believe this is February 2018a crucial area of law which will be useful throughout my training contract.

January 2018 - Since returning to Rollits after a nice Christmas break, I have had an extremely busy month! I have been heavily involved in a wide range of matters and have attended more client meetings. It has been very exciting to see the progression of matters from start to finish. Furthermore, I have had the continued opportunity to draft a variety of different documents relating to wills and probate as well as other applications to the Court of Protection. Overall, I feel like I have had a broad experience in the Private Capital department with the ability to focus on particular specialist areas of law.

My experience of the law has also expanded as I have been able to attend a webinar in relation to property law which I found very interesting. In addition, this month I have completed another PSC module in Advocacy and Communication Skills which I really enjoyed.

I am looking forward to my final month in my Private Capital seat but I am excited to move into a new department to have the opportunity to be involved in a new area of law.

December 2017 - Throughout December I have become increasingly involved with more matters and my responsibility continues to grow. I have enjoyed being able to spot difficulties in certain matters, research the legal and practical solutions, report back to the supervising solicitor and then, with their approval, execute the necessary course of action. This has given me an insight as to what it is like to be a newly qualified solicitor.

Consequently, with a heavier involvement, this month I have had the opportunity of increased client contact. Whilst I have liked the drafting and research elements of my Private Capital seat, further client contact has put me on “front line” of matters and I have gained more experience in attending clients, taking telephone calls and completing written client correspondence.

December also has been a very exciting month as it has seen lots of Christmas festivities. This has involved Christmas parties, a Christmas jumper day and a Christmas themed charity bake sale as well as lots of other things! I am looking forward to a Christmas break and returning to Rollits in the new year.

November 2017 - I am now half way through my first seat as a trainee solicitor. I am really enjoying drafting wills and codicils as well as assisting in the probate and estate planning processes. Every will I have drafted has presented new and interesting challenges and I have liked being able to research and apply my knowledge of the law in order to achieve documents that are in accordance with the client’s instructions. Furthermore, I feel like every day I am given more responsibility and the opportunity to engage with more complex yet interesting matters. This is something which I am very excited about as I feel like am a valued member of the Private Capital department.

November has also seen me attend more careers fairs and I was able to attend the University of Hull and the University of Law, Leeds careers fairs. I was very pleased I was able to go to these events as they are the institutions where I studied and it was really good to be able to return and talk to students about Rollits as well as life as a trainee solicitor.

I also have lots of social events during the approach to Christmas and I expect that December will be a very exciting month.

October 2017 - I can’t believe that I have completed my second month at Rollits! The last month has passed extremely quickly and I feel like I am now fully settled into the York office.

Over the past month, I have been able to immerse myself into a broad range of tasks in the Private Capital department. These have included drafting a number of wills and codicils as well as completing the probate papers for certain matters. Each document I have drafted has been unique and has presented new challenges. I have enjoyed being able to learn from these challenges and in particular, be involved in every aspect of the department. The Private Capital department have also been incredibly supportive of my work, providing me with feedback on every piece of work I have undertaken in order for me to produce the best quality work possible. This is something I have really appreciated as it has allowed me to learn and improve as a trainee solicitor. Furthermore, I have undertaken research into Charitable Trusts which has allowed me to understand their structure, governance and the legislation that affects them most which is something I have found extremely interesting

Additionally, in October I was involved in a careers fair with Caroline Hardcastle which was an excellent opportunity for me to speak to pupils aspiring to be solicitors. I thoroughly enjoyed this event and it was great to be able to talk to pupils and parents about Rollits and the route to becoming a trainee solicitor.

September 2017 - I joined Rollits one month ago and cannot believe how quickly the time has gone. I am really enjoying my first seat in the Private Capital department in the York office and feel like I have learnt so much already.

In my first couple of weeks I completed a number of induction training sessions to understand how Rollits works as a firm and I was also able to take part in Hull’s Heritage Open Day weekend in which the Hull office was opened to the public to showcase its history as a law firm. After completing my induction training, I was given the opportunity to start some probate work which was really useful in helping me understand the legal process that occurs after a death. Furthermore, alongside the supervision of a partner, I have had the opportunity to meet with a number of clients and draft certain documents following these meetings. I found this exciting and I am looking forward to meeting with more clients in the future.

I have also been able to attend a seminar on rent review which I found particularly interesting and it has been really beneficial to keep up to date with property law whilst completing my seat in the Private Capital department.

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my first month at Rollits and I look forward to further expanding my knowledge of the law throughout my training contract.

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