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Interview with a trainee solicitor at Birkett Long

David Feakins
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Where are you with your training contract? David Feakins : I am currently in my second seat with the Dispute Resolution team , I’ve already spent 6 months with the Divorce & Family team. I spent time as a paralegal at Birkett Long, meaning my...

Wonder Woman & Sylvia Pankhurst, the real Superheroes.

Claire Read
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I recently watched Wonder Woman with my daughter. For those that have not seen the latest film, it is set in World War II and accordingly the military aspect of the film is male orientated. However, my daughter was confused by one of the scenes. It...

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Thomas Emmett
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I felt both excited and perhaps understandably, slightly nervous on the morning of my first day as a trainee solicitor.  Happily, I can report that my nerves quickly subsided; I was made to feel very welcome from the moment I arrived. What was striking...

My first month at Birkett Long

Sian Taylor
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If I told you I wasn't nervous on my first day as a trainee solicitor I would be lying. The last four years of my life had been leading up to this point and on my journey to the office that first morning I felt quite overwhelmed. But I was also...

Kerri-Anne P - Work Experience Student 2012

Liz O'Mahony
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During my week at Birkett Long Solicitors, I was given a truly practical perspective of what training at the firm would be like. I spent a week in the Employment department of their Basildon office and on my first day was immediately given the responsibility...

Kirsty B - Work Experience Student 2012

Liz O'Mahony
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I applied for work experience with Birkett Long LLP in order to gain the experience of working in a fast paced and long-standing specialist firm. Having just finished a four year Law with American Law degree course at the University of East Anglia, I was...

John C - Work Experience Student 2012

Liz O'Mahony
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For anybody thinking of pursuing a career with one of the fastest growing full-service law firms in Essex, then no look no further than Birkett Long. My recent work experience at the Colchester office of this long-established law firm was one that I cannot...

Leading tomorrow's solicitors down a different path

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As someone that was fortunate enough to be given a training contract, and a job at the end of it, I do not envy those looking to a career in law in what is undeniably a highly contracted job market. Law firms of all sizes are reducing the amount of training...

Trainee moves

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It’s that time of year again! There you are all settled in, well into your seat, and you’re then on the move to your new department. For those of you who don’t know, trainee solicitors move seats, i.e. departments, in line with their...

Trainee Dance Routine

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Time for the bi-annual trainee dance! For those of you not used to trainee solicitor rituals, we move ‘seats’ every 6 months which means that I now move from Colchester to join the Employment Team, supervised by Martin Hopkins at the Chelmsford...

Legal Practice Course Aptitude Tests

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Whilst I agree that something needs to be done to halt the ever-climbing numbers of LPC students, I struggle to see the benefit that aptitude tests will bring. Let’s not lose sight of the fact that the LPC is a vocational course; perhaps the answer is...

Welcome new trainees

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Gosh – It’s been a year! A warm welcome to our new trainees Kayleigh, Calum, Katy and Sarah whose very arrival means that Amira and I have been here a year…which means I now leave PTTP and move on to pastures new. By the time you read this...