So far, my career at Walker Morris has been both enjoyable and rewarding. I completed my training contract in 2012 and qualified in to the Real Estate department. It's hard work, of course, but packed with social opportunities and great client contact.
Busy social diary
There can be no doubt, Walker Morris is an incredibly sociable firm. From departmental days out and firm wide events, to just grabbing a few drinks after work, there's always an excuse to catch up with colleagues outside of the office.
Direct client contact begins from day one of the training contract, whether it's attending a meeting with a client, or just talking issues through on the phone. I think being given this responsibility as a trainee proved invaluable in preparing for life as a qualified solicitor.
One of the best things about the firm is the single site in Leeds, meaning your colleagues in another team are always close by to offer support, rather than being spread out across the country. This is particularly beneficial when working on large transactions involving a number of different departments, and also provides great opportunities to build close working relationships with everyone from junior lawyers to the partners across the firm.
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My advice to potential trainees is to do your homework. Find a firm that is right for you, then focus your attention on that firm, rather than applying for hundreds of dissimilar firms all over the country!