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What our past and present Trainee Solicitors say about us

Isabel Harper – Personal Injury and Medical Negligence Solicitor

“During my training contract with Barcan+Kirby, I developed my knowledge of different practice areas due to the varied tasks and level of responsibility I was given. At times, the work was challenging but Barcan+Kirby provided a supportive learning environment, and no question was too much trouble for any colleague. The one to one sessions with my supervisors were helpful and they were always happy to make time to answer my queries. From day one, I felt an important part of the team and wider firm. Everyone wants to see you succeed I qualified in 2019 and now work in the personal and medical injury department.”

Helen Young – Second year trainee

“I found the trainee recruitment process really enjoyable and varied, enabling me to utilise my research, writing and presentation skills. I also really enjoyed my interview, Anna and Jim were really friendly, which put me at ease and confirmed Barcan+Kirby was the best fit for me.

The induction was great and provided me with a solid overview of the inner workings of the firm. I was introduced to all of the friendly faces of Queen Square and given training on how to use the firm’s case management system. Whilst all this new information can seem overwhelming on your first day, everyone at the firm was very supportive and reassuring. I was also provided with a trainee solicitor pack, which contained important information relating to my training contract presented to me in a clear and concise way. Further, the training record system has not only been an invaluable way for me to measure my growth and progress as a trainee, but it has also documented the wide range of cases and work that I was exposed to throughout my first seat.

I have felt thoroughly supported every step of the way, with regular supervisory meetings with partners and constructive feedback on my work from my colleagues. I would highly recommend a training contract at Barcan+Kirby to anyone in search of a hands-on, diverse and enjoyable trainee experience.”

Victoria Williams – Private client solicitor

“I felt very supported throughout my training contract, always being placed with a partner or senior associate with exceptional knowledge and expertise in each department. Now having qualified, I am fortunate to be working closely with a partner, and head of technical, in the Wills and Probate department. I feel that I have been given a lot of trust and responsibility, even taking on higher value matters, which I am able to do because of the close supervision and support of my supervisor and the wider team.

My training needs are regularly discussed in one to one meetings with the head of department, and at department meetings. I’m encouraged to find courses and seminars, or online training when a training need arises. For smaller training needs, I have found that my colleagues have been helpful and willing to assist in explaining technical issues, or have been able to point me in the direction of a relevant book which we have access to through the firms’ various subscriptions.”

Helena Bond – Private client solicitor

“From the moment I was offered a Training Contract at Barcan+Kirby, I felt supported by my colleagues, offering guidance and assistance whenever I needed it. The support given not only allowed me to expand on my legal knowledge, but also develop the skills which are invaluable in providing our clients with the service they deserve.

The experiences and opportunities given to me by my colleagues throughout my training contract gave me a true insight into the reality of practising as a solicitor. When I reached qualification, I was able to step into the role with a solid grounding in my practice area; confident in my abilities and skills as a solicitor.”

 

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