Trainee solicitor calls on students to complete work experience

June 13, 2019

A trainee solicitor at a Warrington law firm is urging law students to carry out work experience in order to help them get their first step on the career ladder.

Lauren Singh secured a coveted trainee solicitor role in July 2018 and has spent the first half of her two-year training programme at Watsons Solicitors in the family department. Prospective lawyers complete a two-year professional training programme at a firm of solicitors, which includes gaining practical experience in at least three areas of the law, in order to become qualified.

Lauren believes her time on work experience at Watsons in 2016 played a crucial part in being offered the trainee solicitor position.

“I’m not sure I would have been aware of the opportunity had I not completed work experience at Watsons,” she said.

“Law students should seek placements at as many law firms as possible because you never know where your first step on the career ladder is going to come from.

“In addition, I was also able to use my work experience to help me during the interview process. For example, I could demonstrate that I was already aware of how Watsons worked and that I could hit the ground running.

“Trainee solicitor roles are hard to come by, but that one week played a crucial part in joining the firm.”

Lauren graduated with a degree in Psychology from Salford University before studying for a Graduate Diploma in Law at Manchester Metropolitan University. She then completed the Legal Practice Course, graduating with a high commendation in 2016.

She has previously worked at Slater and Gordon as a fee earner in the industrial disease department as well as at JMW Solicitors as a paralegal working in the business crime department on the Hillsborough disaster.

Now 12 months into life as a trainee solicitor, Lauren is looking forward to completing her programme and becoming fully qualified.

She added: “The team at Watsons have been brilliant. They are always happy to help and I have the confidence I can approach anyone with a query and they will do everything they can to support me.

“I’ve always been very interested in family law and employment law, and I am very fortunate to spend time in both during my two years.

“I am close to completing 12 months in the family department and I’ve loved every minute.

“It’s a cliché, but no two days are the same. My tasks have included taking initial instructions, attending court hearings, liaising with clients, and attending meetings with local authorities and social workers.

“I will be with the wills and probate team for the first half of my final 12 months, and it’s an area of law I’ve not worked in before so I’m looking forward to learning new skills and exploring how this department operates.

“My background is in employment law, so I am naturally excited to join the employment team for my final six months.”

Watsons Solicitors, which has been established for more than 60 years, specialises in family lawemployment lawwills and probate, and conveyancing.

Its experienced solicitors each hold accreditations and memberships of professional bodies relevant to their expertise, while the firm’s partners oversee all areas of work.

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Watsons Solicitors on 01925 571 212.

Contact Us

If you are interested or require any information on any of our services then please get in touch for an appointment on:

 01925 571 212
Mon-Fri: 9am - 5pm

Latest News

Cheshire family law solicitors hit the 'gold standard'

A leading Warrington law firm’s family department has secured two further additions to the “gold standard” of practice. Gill Lacey and Amy Jones of Watsons Solicitors have received accreditation to sit on the Law Society Children Law Panel after demonstrating required level of competence and knowledge in representing clients in Children Law proceedings. In doing […]

You’ve appointed your conveyancing solicitor – now what?

You’ve found your dream home and your mortgage offer has been accepted, but there’s still some crucial steps before you get the keys. Appointing a conveyancing solicitor is a vital milestone in the house buying or selling journey – but what activity follows this? We’ve created a checklist to help prepare you and ensure you […]

Double joy for Lauren as she joins leading Warrington law firm permanently

A newly-qualified solicitor has secured a permanent role at a growing Cheshire law firm. Lauren Singh joins Watsons Solicitors after completing her two-year training contract with the Warrington-based company and will split her time between the employment law and family law departments. Her appointment further bolsters the firm’s ever-growing team of young solicitors as it […]

Warrington wills solicitor’s concerns about video-link risks

A Warrington-based wills and probate solicitor has expressed concern over imminent changes to allow wills to be executed via video link. The change in the law due in September, which will be backdated to 31 January 2020, is part of the government’s response to making it possible for the signing of wills to be witnessed […]

Watsons Solicitors
Children Law Accredited
Conveyancing Quality
Criminal Litigation
Family Law Advanced
Personal Injury

Watsons Solicitors is a trading name of Watsons Solicitors Warrington LLP a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England and Wales registered number OC386012 whose registered office is 13 Bold Street, Warrington, WA1 1DJ.

Watsons Solicitors Warrington LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority number 598547.

Watsons Solicitors
Warrington
Cheshire
WA1 1DJ

01925 444 323
Website managed by Outwrite PR, an online reputation management agency
envelope-oclock-ophonefax linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram