CALLUM O’DOHERTY Newly Qualified Solicitor, Transactional Real Estate
Regardless of whether or not trainees undertake a seat in a different office, trainees often work with colleagues across all of the Firm’s offices and are provided with a wide range of high quality and interesting work. During my training contract I had conduct of a number of matters, was regularly involved in client meetings, and had the opportunity to attend hearings in the Royal Courts of Justice and employment tribunals. I spent the majority of the final seat of my training contract working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Firm has been really proactive in ensuring that trainees continue to receive the support they need whilst working from home, from arranging IT equipment to organising regular trainee catch-ups over video conference. Supervisors are always available to answer any questions or to have a general catch-up over video conference or telephone, meaning you always feel supported.
A training contract at Michelmores offers a variety of different opportunities. One example is the opportunity to undertake seats in each of the Firm’s main offices (Exeter, Bristol and London). Although my training contract was predominantly based in the Exeter office, I chose my second seat in the Corporate team in the London office. This provided me with a fantastic opportunity to experience working and living in London and to undertake a variety of international work. This included assisting on cross border transactions, such as the largest commercial property deal in Bucharest in 2019, and the sale of a stake in an Indian venture capital firm. Outside of work the London office had plenty of regular social events to offer - I particularly enjoyed taking part in a Dragon Boat Race in aid of our charity of the year.
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