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Top tips for prospective applicants

Gabrielle Artess is a conveyancing solicitor and former trainee, qualifying in 2014. Here are Gabby’s top tips for anyone thinking about applying for a training contract with Barcan+Kirby.

What’s your background?

I wanted to be a solicitor for as long as I can remember. I was always captivated by the legal process and as a teenager I would go to the Crown Court to watch criminal trials.

I started at Barcan Woodward (now Barcan+Kirby) in 2011 as a family paralegal and began my training contract in 2012. I found family law fascinating but during my training I realised it simply wasn’t for me, and that I preferred the transactional nature of property law.

And your career since your training?

I work in residential property dealing with all aspects from sale and purchases to remortgages and auctions. I chose this area because it’s fast-paced and keeps you on your toes.

I also love helping people buy their first homes or move house because it’s such an exciting milestone in life.

What was it like being a trainee?

It was great moving around the firm and meeting people from different departments. It was hard starting a new area from scratch each time, but I worked with some really inspiring supervisors who were always happy to answer my questions.

What are your three tips for prospective applicants?

  • Think carefully about what makes you stand out. Can you demonstrate a passion for a particular area of law or what work experience do you have? Use your application to provide an insight into your personality. Don’t give generic responses.
  • Give practical examples of why you want to be a solicitor.
  • Do your research on us and say why you want to work for Barcan+Kirby in particular.

Why should someone apply to Barcan+Kirby?

The training doesn’t end when you qualify. Progression is a key value of the firm and you’re actively encouraged to develop skills in management and business development by taking on new tasks.

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