Lucy is a first year trainee at Rollits in Hull. Her current seat is in the property department.
January 2019 - January has been an interesting month with plenty to get involved with. I have been able to attend more meetings this month which has allowed me to meet a wide variety of clients and put faces to the names that I have been working for.
I have also been dealing with unregistered land this month. This involved tracing the ownership of land back to our client when deeds have been lost over the years. It was interesting to learn that East Yorkshire is one of the few places in the country which holds a central register of deeds, making it easier to locate any missing documents.
I am now becoming more confident in undertaking completions without direct supervision. I was able to complete a number of transactions that I have been working on and undertake the necessary follow up steps such as completing the SDLT returns and dealing with the accounts process.
Next month will be the final month of my first seat, so I will be making the most of my remaining time in the property department.
December 2018 - I have thoroughly enjoyed my first Christmas at Rollits. There were many festive activities such as a Christmas jumper day, a department Christmas meal and a Secret Santa. It was also nice to have a short break to recharge before the new year!
This month I moved desks from the Planning side of the property floor to the Commercial side. This has allowed me to work alongside partners who I hadn’t had the chance to work with before and to take on a wider variety of work. I have also been able to undertake more independent work involving working on property transactions from engagement to completion, whilst still having the help available when needed.
I attended my first Hull Young Professionals event and it was interesting to meet people my age working in similar professions in the local area. It also gives a great opportunity for networking.
I am looking forward to getting more involved with the commercial property transactions in the New Year!
November 2018 - I cannot believe I am almost halfway through my first seat as a trainee at Rollits!
This month has been very busy and I have undertaken a greater variety of work including drafting contracts and agreements, completing two first registrations and dealing with a lease extension. I also attended the Northumbria University Careers Fair where I was able to pass on advice to students about applying for training contracts and working in a law firm. The set up of the event meant that I was able to meet a lot of interesting people from a variety of professions.
I have been more involved with residential matters this month which I found particularly interesting as it meant dealing with individuals purchasing their family homes rather than large companies buying development land.
I am able to work more independently on matters now that I am settled in the department and more confident in the work I am doing. This has allowed me to take on more responsibility and made me feel more integrated within the firm.
There are lots of events planned for the next month and I am looking forward to the upcoming festive period!
October 2018 - My second month at Rollits has gone extremely quickly! Everyone in the property department has been extremely welcoming and they do not hesitate in offering assistance with any problems I encounter.
I have been able to undertake a wider range of tasks this month such as drafting lease reports, completing SDLT returns and the voluntary first registration of a property. I feel like I have learnt a lot this month and I no longer have to ask as many questions when completing pieces of work.
I have also had exciting opportunities outside of the office. I was able to attend networking events which allowed me to meet a variety of interesting people from many different industries and I also had the opportunity to go back to my old school for a careers convention and talk to sixth formers about life as a trainee solicitor.
I was able to attend a site visit with the planning department and see a completed development. I thoroughly enjoyed this as I was able to see the finished result after only previously seeing plans and drawings.
I am looking forward to my next month in the property department and all of the exciting events that are coming up in the calendar.
I’ve just completed my first two weeks as a trainee at Rollits. Before starting at Rollits I studied law at Newcastle University and completed my LPC at the University of Law in Leeds.
In my first week there were lots of inductions and online courses to complete, however by my second week I felt fully integrated into the Property Department.
I have undertaken tasks such as obtaining land and company searches, completing land registry forms and even going on a development site visit.
Everyone has been incredibly welcoming and I am looking forward to the next six months in this department.
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