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Becoming a trainee solicitor during a global pandemic

Well, I didn’t see that one coming. When I was offered the training contract at Dawson Hart in the winter of 2019, I had all these ideas in my head of what my first day as trainee was going to be like such as, where in the office I was going to sit, what I was going to wear and who I was going to chat to in the kitchen about how my first day was going. Instead, I found myself sat at a desk in my spare room, wearing jogging bottoms and slippers on yet another Microsoft Teams meeting where someone was being reminded that they were on mute. The joys of lockdown working.


My first seat as trainee has been with the Property Department supervised by Andrew Rannie. Most of my work has been in relation to commercial property transactions but I was also involved in a number of residential conveyances. It is safe to say that six months has felt more like six seconds. I have been fortunate enough to be part of the department during a particularly busy time which has meant I have been involved in a huge variety of matters including lease extensions, option agreements, sale and purchase agreements, rapid changes in legislation as well as general residential sales and purchases.


For my first seat, property law has been a baptism of fire and a complete change of pace from my previous experience in private client. To try and condense everything I have learnt over the last six months into a few sentences would be far too difficult. However, some keys things I will take away with me are Andrew’s advice of “if it doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t”, taking stock at the end of each day, whether that is updating your to-do list or organising your in-tray, will help prepare you more efficiently for the day to follow and always take pride in your work.


Next up, matrimonial!