Nilu is a first year trainee at Rollits in Hull. Her current seat is in the Company & Commercial department. Below is Nilu's blog about what it is like to be a trainee at Rollits!
May 2018 - May has been a busy month for me at the Corporate and Commercial department.
Furthermore, I have been involved in drafting a facility agreement where various entities are involved and have learnt to appreciate the nature and complexity of some of these agreements.
As I am now half way through my second seat, on reflection, I am really enjoying my time in this department and look forward to exploring and learning more about the corporate side of my seat as this is an area of law I am keen to explore and to gain further invaluable experience in.
April 2018 - This has been an interesting month of varied work and has passed so quickly.
Over the course of this month I have had the opportunity to be involved in more corporate and commercial matters. I have helped drafting various Privacy and Data Protection Policies as well as attending client meetings with the Commercial team to review various policies and procedures in light of the new GDPR requirements.
On the corporate side, I have drafted further ancillary documents on a matter where a different class of shares had to be created and distributed to new shareholders and the Articles of Association had to be re-drafted. I have also had the opportunity to review and comment on a Shareholders Agreement where this was drafted by another firm. I also carried out the completion searches on a corporate transaction.
In addition, I have also worked on some Employment Tribunal matters with the employment team and have reviewed and researched various points of law as well as advising on some immigration matters.
March 2018 - My first month at the Company Commercial department has flown by! Everyone at my new department has welcomed me warmly and I have already been given a variety of work from drafting different Privacy Policies and Terms and Conditions, to a range of ancillary documents for corporate transactions and attending meetings with clients. I have assisted in ensuring various statements and policies are in line with the GDPR due to come into effect on 25 May and have had the opportunity to draft a Deed of retirement from a Partnership and further assist on the corporate side of a property transaction. In addition, I managed to incorporate a subsidiary company and have undertaken a number of company searches.
Overall, my first month at the Company Commercial department has been very productive and I look forward to getting involved with more corporate transactions and various other works.
February 2018: This has been my last month in the Dispute Resolution department. Although I am sad to be leaving an exciting department, with a fantastic group of people behind, I am also grateful to everyone at DR for teaching me so much and for welcoming me to Rollits so warmly. Not only have I thoroughly enjoyed my time at DR, but I also have developed greatly as a trainee solicitor and have gained an insight into working in Dispute Resolution on a day to day basis. I have witnessed and was involved with some matters from their inception to closure, whereas I am also leaving with some matters still ongoing.
During these first six months, I was exposed to and experienced a great deal of work, from appearing before a Legal Advisor to drafting numerous letters and emails to various parties and clients.
Everyone has been approachable, supportive and great to work with. At times, I found some tasks challenging but rewarding and I was never left to feel alone or unsupported.
I am looking forward to spending the next six months of my training at the Company and Commercial department and getting to know the members of my new team!
January 2018 - January seems to have flown by! This month I attended an Advocacy and Communication Skills Course at Leeds as part of my Period of Recognised Training which took place over the period of three days. After learning about different aspects of advocacy and identifying and addressing the key issues within a case, on the third day, I was given the opportunity to make a mock interim application in front of a District Judge and learned how to carry out Examination-in-Chief and Cross-Examination of witnesses. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and learnt some invaluable skills on how to improve my advocacy and communication skills.
As the weeks and months have rolled by, I have further enhanced my legal skills and feel I have a much better grasp of litigation and its different stages. This month I attended a re-possession hearing and observed my supervisor addressing the District Judge’s concerns and questions in relation to the validity of the service on persons unknown. I have also attended further client meetings and drafted various documents, letters and emails of correspondence to clients and other solicitors. Every day is different at this department and I have thoroughly enjoyed the varied and contentious nature of the work.
I look forward to spending another productive month at Dispute Resolution before the end of my first seat!
December 2017 - December has been an exciting month, with Christmas festivities, office decorations, the inevitable Christmas jumper day, Christmas Parties and so on. It has certainly been a fun month to be working at Dispute Resolution as they have their own Christmas ‘traditions’ every Friday during the month of December. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first Christmas at Rollits.
However, I have also been working hard, with growing responsibility and dealing with more matters. I have started to get a taste of what being a newly qualified solicitor at Dispute Resolution could be like. The supervision does not cease to exist, even as a qualified solicitor, which is reassuring to know that there is always someone more senior around to support and assist you.
This month, I also attended one of my PSC electives, ‘Civil Litigation Overview’. This one day course gave me more of an insight into the Civil Procedure Rules, as well as a more rounded overview of the different stages within civil litigation and all the different types of interim applications
Furthermore, with Christina’s departure from the firm, I was assigned to a different mentor within the department, Jennifer Sewell, who has already been really supportive.
I look forward to having some time off work and starting the New Year in January, when I suspect DR will be very busy!
November 2017 - My third month in Dispute Resolution has gone really fast. This month I had the opportunity to be involved with some Family matters and the highlight of my training so far has to be when I was asked by the Head of the Department, Sheridan Ball, to attend the Hull Family Court by myself and to represent our Client during a FHDRA Directions Hearing. I initially didn’t feel equipped enough to attend by myself, however as I undertook further research on the area and after having several extremely helpful conversations with Sheridan I felt confident and prepared enough to attend the Hearing. I was later told that I managed the Hearing well, given the fact we had not received some of the appropriate paperwork by another Organisation involved in the proceedings. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience as it really helped my advocacy skills and gave me a brief insight into some of the Family matters.
This month I have also had the chance to be further involved in more matters and have attended more telephone conferences and have been responsible to correspond with the clients and various other parties and to update the respective parties on each case. I am looking forward to attending a Civil Litigation Overview course in December as one of my PSC electives. I am keen to learn more about the litigation process and to further enhance my drafting skills in litigious matters.
At the end of this month we also said goodbye to Christina, my mentor, as she pursues her legal career elsewhere. She will be greatly missed but I’m sure my new mentor will be just as friendly and approachable, as well as everyone else within the DR team.
October 2017 - Throughout this month I have begun to become more involved in some high profile cases. I feel extremely privileged to learn from some of the best lawyers in their fields, and so far have learnt some invaluable lessons within the world of Dispute Resolution. I have been trusted with many tasks, this including, drafting various letters to clients, Instructions to Counsel, researching several points of Law and also being able to attend some client meetings. I am becoming more familiar with the procedures and practices of the department and have started to grasp some of the key elements within this area of Law, such as Limitation and Pre-Action Protocols.
I really enjoy the diverse nature of my work as it covers many different areas of Law. A dispute may arise between partners within a partnership or between property developers and their architects. This has enabled me to learn about different aspects of each area of Law concerned and has hugely broadened my general legal knowledge.
I have also had the opportunity to attend a further Injunction hearing at Hull County Court, which was conducted at a completely different setting to the previous one I attended. I thoroughly admired my supervisor on the day, as she was well prepared and secured the Injunction Order.
I look forward to press on and learn more about Dispute Resolution as it’s such a thrilling and fast-paces area of Law.
September 2017 - My first month as a trainee at Rollits has been thoroughly interesting and challenging. I feel like I have already learnt so much and have met so many wonderful people. Everyone has welcomed me into the firm and into the Dispute Resolution department. I have found my team to be friendly and helpful in answering my questions, in particular my mentor has been approachable and supportive. I have already attended a few client meetings and the Hull Combined Court Centre to observe an ex-parte Injunction Order hearing and to drop off and pick up documents on a daily basis. I have been given the opportunity to get involved with highly interesting matters that are intricate in nature and require a high level of excellence and attention. I am looking forward to learning more and to be involved with more cases.