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A Trainee's Diary - Seat Two

Following my first seat with the Litigation, Commercial and Personal Injury Department, I moved to the hectic Property Department in January 2019.
I have found this area incredibly interesting, particularly Commercial Property, and important to my continual development as a Trainee Solicitor. 

I have spent much of my time under the supervision of Andrew Rannie, as the Head of Department, and he has provided me with an array of opportunities including but not limited to:-

  • Leases;
  • Option Agreements;
  • Sale and Purchase of a Business;
  • Varying a right of way;
  • The Classic Property Transactions;
  • Colouring plans!

The 6/7 months have flown-by, and I like to think that is due to the wonderful time that I have had. During this seat, I have been lucky enough to have the support of a dedicated and hard-working department that have made the experience increasingly enjoyable. I have considered this seat a massive learning curve in my training due to the greater responsibilities given to me, most notably, having my own case load under Andrew’s careful supervision. I have found this particular experience extremely rewarding as I have been involved in matters from start to finish which has allowed me to build a rapport with clients.

As my time in the Property Department draws to an end, I remember some of the early advice that Andrew provided me. It related to lease that we were reviewing at the time for a client. He told me that naturally the law in a lease is vital. But it is equally vital for the lease to look right. In his words, “if the lease does not look right then it tends not to be right” and I have concluded that this is absolutely true. It is something that I have followed throughout my experiences here and I shall continue to abide to for the reminder of my career.

Two seats down, two more to go…