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What our past and present Trainee Solicitors say about us

Helen Young – First year trainee

I found the trainee recruitment process really enjoyable and varied, enabling me to utilise my research, writing and presentation skills.The half day 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 have felt thoroughly supported every step of the way, with regular supervisory meetings with partners and constructive feedback on my work from my colleagues.

Isabel Harper – Second year trainee

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

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 practicing 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.

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.”


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