Steve is a second year trainee at Rollits in Hull. His current seat is in the Dispute Resolution department. Below is his blog about what it is like to be a trainee at Rollits!
July 2018 - July has been another busy month, with a lot of time being taken up by preparing for a trial which taking place at the beginning of August. As the case was ongoing when I started my seat in the Dispute Resolution department, it has been very interesting to see how a case progresses through the various stages of court proceedings and helpful to put various pieces of work that I have undertaken in context. Alongside this, over the course of the month I have also assisted with numerous research tasks and disclosure exercises, along with analysing evidence to be used as part of a witness statement.
It was also great to have the vacation scheme students in over the past 4 weeks. It was good to meet people with different backgrounds and they were all very helpful in assisting with the workload!
The end of July also brings an end to the penultimate month of my training contract and I have very much enjoyed working at Rollits over the last two years. Being able to work closely with such knowledgeable lawyers has been invaluable to my training and everyone in the firm has always been very welcoming and friendly. I would definitely recommend Rollits’ training contract to anyone considering applying!
June 2018 - Over the course of the month I have again had the opportunity to experience new elements of Dispute Resolution related work.
As well as being able to prepare for and attend a possession hearing, I have carried out interesting research tasks such as how to recover cash that has passed bona vacantia due to a company being dissolved and identifying an appropriate expert to give evidence on a very specific point for one of our ongoing matters. We have also had an interesting webinar on defamation as well as a general update on commercial property law.
June also sees the first group of summer vacation scheme students come into the office. It is always nice to meet new people and give them an insight into what being a trainee solicitor entails. It is also helpful to have more people around to help with work!
May 2018 - May has been another busy month in the Dispute Resolution department!
I have continued to receive a good variety of work, including research on various specific topics such as Green Deal Regulations and third party costs applications. I have also undertaken tasks such as drafting a statement of costs and certificates of service and assisted with preparing instructions to Counsel and witness statements. Having exposure to such a range of tasks has helped develop my understanding of the different routes that matters can take and the work that is done in this department.
Aside from work, I was able to take some annual leave at the beginning of the month and I also completed my final PSC module, meaning I am almost ready for qualification in September!
April 2017 - April has been another month full of varied work.
This month I had the opportunity to assist with the preparation of a planning inquiry, which I was also able to attend. It was very interesting to see how the inquiry process works and it has made me appreciate the importance of good preparation in order to assist Counsel as much as possible. I have also continued to assist with disclosure exercises and I have attended multiple client meetings on a diverse range of matters.
Aside from work I have completed two more PSC modules during April in preparation for qualification in September and attended numerous webinars, all of which have been very interesting.
I am very much enjoying my time in this department and I am sure May will continue on the same trend!
March 2018 It is hard to believe the first month of this seat is already coming to an end!
I have been very warmly welcomed into the Dispute Resolution department and everyone has been very friendly and helpful. As always with a change of department there has been quite a lot to get used to, but it has been an enjoyable start.
I have already been able to get involved in multiple matters, carrying out various tasks related to disclosure and costs statements and attending numerous meetings with clients. I have also conducted research into interesting topics such as trademark and procedural issues, which has shown the wide variety of work and sectors that are covered throughout the department.
After having a short break in Jersey over Easter, I am looking forward to what I am sure will be another month full of variety and interesting work in April.
February 2018 - The end of February means I have come to the end of my seat in the Company Commercial department and the last six months absolutely flown by!
Even during my final month I have continued to receive a very wide variety of work, which has included drafting documents, such as disclosure letters, for the first time as well as carrying out some interesting corporate and employment law based research tasks. I have also assisted with the preparation of Data Protection Statements in anticipation of the introduction of GDPR in May and drafted ancillary documents for the reorganisation of a group of companies.
I was also able to use the demarcation between seats to take some annual leave to go back to Jersey for a long weekend and it was great to catch up with family and friends before getting stuck into my next and final seat!
I have very much enjoyed my time in the Company Commercial department and it has been a really good opportunity to work with and learn from some great people. My final seat will be in the Dispute Resolution department, which I am really looking forward to!
January 2018 - January has been another month of interesting work and has passed as quickly as ever.
Over the course of the month I have been able to carry on working on existing matters whilst also having the opportunity to do other pieces of work for the first time. I have continued drafting partnership agreements and shareholders agreements, which have now been finalised and it has been great to be able to see these matters through from start to finish. I have also been able to get involved with the transfer of loan notes from one company to another, for which I drafted the necessary documents to transfer the notes as well as carrying out research and completing various other pieces work on a number of other corporate and employment related matters.
Overall, it has been a month full of variety and wI am looking forward to seeing what my last month in the department will bring!
December 2017 - December has been another great month and has flown by!
I have had the opportunity to draft more partnership and shareholders’ agreements and although their contents differ depending on the requirements of the clients, they are becoming more familiar and my understanding of them is increasing. I also attended a redundancy appeal as a note taker, which gave me a good insight into some of the issues that businesses have to deal with and the processes that must be followed when making certain decisions.
I was able to take some annual leave over the festive period, during which I spent a week in Mauritius followed by week in Jersey. It was great to catch up with family and friends and have a bit of good weather! After a refreshing break I am now looking forward to what is sure to be another busy month ahead.
November 2017 - The end of November means I am already halfway through my third seat!
After taking some annual leave at the beginning of the month, I came back to a varied workload that included drafting various documents such as Share Purchase Agreements, Shareholders’ Agreements and a Deed of Guarantee. It has been good to be able to draft the same type of agreements multiple times to see how they can be amended depending on the different circumstances of each matter as well as to gain further experience by drafting other documents for the first time.
I also attended a law careers fair at the University of York, which brought back some good memories and gave me the chance to speak to members of staff and students that I know from my time studying there. It was also a good opportunity to speak to current students about my positive experience of training at Rollits and inform them of the day to day job as a trainee solicitor.
With the festive period coming up December is looking like it is going to be a busy month both in terms of work and with social events, which I am sure will all be very enjoyable!
October 2017 - Another month has already passed and I am really enjoying my time 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, which has led to me being given a lot more work this month. I have drafted numerous different documents, including shareholders agreements, share purchase agreements and a loan agreement and I have carried out extensive research in both corporate and employment matters, which has been very interesting. I have also been to various meetings, including a redundancy consultancy meeting where I took notes for a client who was leading the meeting.
I also attended the annual Law Society Ball as part of a group from Rollits, which was a good opportunity to meet some new people in the legal profession in the area as well as being a fun event to socialise with other people from within the firm.
September 2017 - My first month in the Company Commercial department has passed very quickly! Having been in Commercial Property since I started my training contract, it has been great to get a bit of variety in work and to see how things operate in a different department.
The seat move came at a good time as one of the property matters I was working on had a corporate element to it, so I was also able to work on both aspects and see the matter through to completion. I have also been involved in other matters by drafting board minutes and resolutions, as well as replies to a due diligence questionnaire. During September I was also able to take part in a golf afternoon with clients, which was a good opportunity to meet some different people as well as to get to know some of the members of my new department a bit better.
Overall it has been a very enjoyable month and I am looking forward to seeing what October brings!
August 2017 - The end of August marks the end of my seat in Commercial Property. This month has largely been taken up by completing my matters and handing others over, although I have continued to draft various different documents for other matters. I have also done some residential conveyancing due to absences within the department, which produced some good variety and gave me different work that I haven’t done before.
My two seats in Commercial Property have been full of variety in work and everyone within the department has been great to work with. In September I will be moving to the Company Commercial department, which I am very much looking forward to in order to get some experience in a completely different area of law. We also have various events lined up outside of work, so September is sure to be a busy month!
July 2017 - July has flown by! I have again had a good variety of work and I have been able to get involved in some different areas of commercial property. I have drafted various contracts and transfers and completed numerous matters which I have been working on.
We have also had the vacation scheme students in over the course of the month. It has been great meeting so many new people and very useful having them around to help with the workload! They all had a positive attitude and were very keen to help out where they could. I have also completed another PSC module in Advocacy and Communications Skills, which I am sure will be useful in the future.
With August being my last month in the department before I change seats I am sure it will be another busy month to try to complete all of the matters I have been working on!
June 2017 - June has been another busy month with a number of matters I have been working on nearing completion. It has been great to be able to see them through from start to finish, which has enhanced my understanding of the processes involved. I have also been able to get involved in some areas I haven't experienced yet, which has included doing some residential conveyancing work.
Aside from work I attended numerous Biz Week events and it was very interesting to get an insight into some of the projects that are going on in the city at the moment.
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 the workload!
May 2017 - After a busy month in May I am now already halfway through my second seat! I have been able to get involved in some new and varied work, which has included drafting a contract for sale of land and an assured shorthold tenancy. I have also had a number of matters complete over the last month and it has been great to be able to see them through from start to finish.
I have also had the opportunity to get involved in some networking events, such as taking part in a charity golf day organised by Santander where I played for a team entered by Rollits as well as going on an agriculture practical training day at Bishop Burton College, which were both very enjoyable. I have also done my first core PSC module in Financial and Business Skills, which despite being fairly intense was also quite interesting.
April 2017 - April has been another enjoyable month in the commercial property department, with a wide variety of work. I have drafted various documents for the first time, including a Licence to Occupy and a Rent Deposit Deed and I have attended various webinars and internal seminars conducted by some of the partners in the department, which were very interesting. I have also attended a client meeting for a matter I have been involved in for some time and I went on a site visit to look into a highway-related issue.
Away from work I went back to Jersey over Easter, which was great to have a bit of a break and to see family and friends. Having come back refreshed I'm now looking forward to being able to get involved in more matters, which I am sure will continue to produce interesting work.
March 2017 - During March I have started my second seat and I am now back at Rollits full time in the commercial property department. I have finished by secondment at Hull 2017, which was a great experience with very interesting work but I am looking forward to getting properly stuck into the commercial property work.
I have continued working on some of the matters I was previously working on in my first seat and I have also already been involved in new matters, so I have a very wide variety of work at the moment.
I have also taken some annual leave this month during which I went to Vietnam, which was amazing and now that I've had a bit of a break I'm ready for what is sure to be another busy month.
February 2017 - This has been the final month of my first seat and the time has passed extremely quickly! A lot of the matters I have been working on are coming up to completion and it has been great to see some of them through from start to finish. The workload has been very varied during February, which has given me the opportunity to get involved in some new aspects of property law.
I am now approaching the last few weeks on my secondment, but my time at Hull 2017 has continued to be very busy. Most of the work I have done recently has been related to drafting and checking contracts, but I have also attended various internal and external meetings regarding some of the big events coming up.
January 2017 - Following a nice break back home in Jersey over Christmas, it has been another busy month! During my two days per week at Rollits I have continued to be involved in matters relating to first registration of land, but I have also had the chance to experience some new pieces of work, such as drafting a transfer and filing an SDLT return.
It has also been a really exciting month working on my secondment at Hull 2017. As the City of Culture events have now started I have been very busy with a wide variety of work. As well as helping with preparations for the opening of the Humber Street Gallery, I was involved in getting the necessary agreements signed in time for the announcement of BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend. Alongside this I have helped out with some internal matters, such as policy drafting and research and I continue to be involved in drafting contracts for various artists and consultants.
With February being my last month in Commercial Property I'm looking forward to both getting involved in new pieces of work and finishing off some of the matters I am currently involved in.
December 2016 - December has been another busy month. A lot of my time at Rollits has been spent on first registration applications, but I have also had the opportunity to attend client meetings and draft various documents such as reports on title which has been very interesting!
I am really enjoying my secondment at Hull 2017. As well as attending numerous meetings for the exciting events that are being planned during 2017, I have also spent a lot of time drafting various contracts. These contracts have been for artists who are performing in the City of Culture programme, for consultants to produce some of the events and some of the contracts have been funding agreements. There is a very large variety of work and with 2017 just around the corner it is a very exciting place to be!
Over the course of the month there have been a lot of social events both with Rollits and Hull 2017. As well as being good fun they have also been a great way of getting to know people better outside of the work. With all the events planned for January and beyond, I am really looking forward to the new year.
November 2016 - The end of November means I am half way through my seat in commercial property, and it has flown by!
At the start of this month I had the exciting opportunity to go on a secondment for three days a week at Hull 2017 to assist their in-house lawyer with the various events and other issues relating to the City of Culture 2017. Since starting there I have assisted with a wide variety of work, including contract drafting, looking at employment, corporate and charity issues and helping out with brand protection. I have also attended meetings relating to some of the events planned for next year, which have been very interesting!
My two remaining days each week at Rollits have also been busy, with a lot of work relating to the first registration of land and I have also been involved in preparing an adverse possession application.
With a lot of social events planned in the lead up to Christmas, December is sure to be a busy, but exciting month!
October 2016 - This month has passed by as quickly as the first! Having had such a friendly welcome into the firm I feel settled in at Rollits and I am well into the routine of full time work.
Over the past month I have had a large variety of work, including drafting Land Registry forms and a license to assign. However, my biggest job has been related to the first registration of various pieces of land, which has involved tracking down deeds from the East Riding Archives, and preparing the application forms. I have also attended some client meetings as well as a Professional Networking Lunch, which were all very interesting.
I am looking forward to the next month in the department, where I hope to continue having a variety of work and experience some new elements of the job.
September 2016 - Before starting my training contract with Rollits, I completed an LPC MSc in Law Business and Management at the University of Law in Leeds, before which I studied Law at the University of York.
Being from Jersey, I was a little apprehensive about moving to a new area and starting full time work. However, following a friendly welcome from everyone at the firm it has been enjoyable getting back into a good routine. My first seat is in Commercial Property and after a week of inductions and training in IT and accounts amongst other things, I have had the opportunity to get stuck in with a wide variety of work including drafting various Land Registry forms and a deed of release of covenant, as well as communications with various clients. I have also attended a few webinars, a presentation on inheritance tax and a client meeting which was particularly interesting. It has already proved beneficial being sat close to very knowledgeable partners and everyone has been very helpful in answering any questions I've had, making Rollits a great place to train.
I have really enjoyed my first month here, which has flown by and I'm looking forward to getting involved in the various social events which are lined up in the coming months.