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Trainee talk… Nerys Clement
Nerys Clement, trainee solicitor, is in the final seat of her training contract. She talks us through a typical working week in her conveyancing seat.
Tell us about your background
I always knew I wanted to be a solicitor. During my A-Levels I visited a number of courts in London, saw cases being argued first-hand and realised this was the career for me.
I went on to study law at Swansea University, followed by the LPC. I then worked as a paralegal for just over five years before securing a training contract.
What’s a typical day for you?
There isn’t really a ‘typical’ day as a trainee as I’m constantly being given new tasks and learning new procedures. By the time you get comfortable in your role, it’s usually time to move to the next seat.
What matters are you dealing with currently?
I’ve just started my conveyancing seat, so I’m dealing with property sales, purchases and re-mortgages (both residential and commercial). I’m working on a range of things, from setting up files to completion and registration.
How much interaction do you have with clients?
Most of my client contact is over the phone, but it can be quite demanding! Buying and selling property can be a stressful process so it’s important to have regular contact with clients to keep them up-to-date.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
That I’m always learning! Being a trainee also gives you a rare opportunity to see how the business functions across departments and means you get to know colleagues you might not get to meet otherwise.
What’s the toughest part of your job?
Again, it’s probably that I’m always learning. After spending five years working as a paralegal in one area of law, it’s been quite a challenge to do something completely different every six months.
I’m regularly given tasks that I’ve never done before and I’m continually learning new procedures. It keeps things interesting, but it can also be challenging at times.
Favourite thing about working for the firm?
There’s so much support amongst my colleagues. Since starting my training contract I’ve spent time in five different offices, across five different departments. No matter where I’ve worked, settling in has been really easy.
I also like how supportive all the trainees are of each other. We’re based in different offices but usually meet up at least every seat rotation to compare experiences and give each other advice.