Name: Briony Worthing
Degree and university: University of Manchester, Law
Title: Trainee Solicitor, Lovells LLP
What do you actually do?
I am halfway through a two-year training contract with Lovells LLP, an international business law firm. Completing the two years will enable me to qualify as a solicitor. To date I have spent time in the Real Estate, Financial Institutions and Litigation departments, and the work has varied considerably between them. However, typical trainee tasks include undertaking legal and financial research, attending and taking notes at client meetings and producing first drafts of advice letters and legal documents.
Why did you decide to go into law?
At school I enjoyed logical subjects involving problem solving and the law seemed a natural choice.
How did you find out about your course?
I reviewed various league tables and the Manchester law school had an excellent reputation. I was particularly impressed by the wide range of legal modules available to students.
Would you undertake further training to enhance your career?
Yes, if it fitted in with my career progression. I have already undertaken the Legal Practice Course following my degree. All prospective solicitors are required to complete this to receive training in some of the more practical skills required.
What do you like most about what you do and are there any downsides?
I like working on high profile matters as part of a large supportive team. But life as a trainee does occasionally involve low level tasks such as proof reading and photocopying.
What skills do you need to succeed at what you do?
You need the ability to constantly re-prioritise work and you have to pay attention to detail. Good skills to have are the ability to remain calm and focused under pressure.
What advice would you give graduates coming into the sector?
Undertake as much work experience as possible within different areas of the legal sector to get an idea of which you will be best suited to – I did two mini pupillages before deciding that the Bar was not for me.