Ellie Clements is currently one of the Trainee Solicitor at Archers Law and in the final seat of her 2 year training contract. As we are currently recruiting for the September intake of the trainees, we caught up with Ellie to find out a bit more about her journey working towards becoming a qualified solicitor. #TeamArcher #TeamTrainee
q: When did you join Archers Law?
a: I finished my degree in June 2016, and started working with Archers Law as temporary secretarial support within the Commercial Litigation team, in November 2016.
q: What course/ qualification did you complete prior to your training contract?
a: After completing my A-Levels I went straight to Teesside University to study Law LLB Hons. Once I had completed this I went straight on to complete my Legal Practice Course (LPC) year at Leeds University. I then spent a year working at Archers Law, before starting my training contract in September 2018.
q: Can you explain a bit about your time leading up to your training contract with Archers Law?
a: During my time at Teesside University, I worked as a customer service advisor with Ladbrokes, alongside gaining work experience with firms in the local area. I started working at Archers Law on a temporary contact, whilst studying my LPC full time. I was delighted to be offered a full time job with the firm, the following November 2017. In January 2018 I was promoted to Legal Assistant within the Commercial Litigation Team. Following 6 months as a full time fee earner, I was offered a training contract, which began in September 2018.
q: Which team is your current seat in and which previous teams have you been part of during your training contract.
a: I am currently within the Wills, Probate and Trusts team, having already sat in Commercial Litigation, Corporate and Commercial and Commercial Property.
q: Why did you apply to work at Archers Law?
a: I was advised throughout my studies that gaining practical experience in a working environment would give me valuable experience alongside my studies. With this in mind, and as such I considered that working within a law firm and having that experience in practice, secretarial or otherwise, would stand me in good stead when it came to making training contract applications.
q: What is your favourite thing about working at Archers Law
a: For me, the people make the firm such a lovely place to work. Everybody has time to discuss any concerns or queries, and nothing is too much trouble. Archers Law also has a brilliant reputation in the local and wider area.
q: What skills have you developed/ do you hope to develop during your training contract with Archers Law?
a: I have gained so much confidence during my training contract with Archers Law, in each area that I have experienced. I feel I can now easily adapt to the range of clients we service as a firm, both business and personal clients, and the ways to address each individual client and matter. I have also gained invaluable experience in practice areas that may be useful the future once I qualify into my chosen area.
q: What activities/ hobbies do you enjoy outside of work?
a: I enjoy socialising with friends and family, and will try to get myself to a music festival every year if I can.
More details on applying for a training contract at Archers Law can be found here.