10th November 2020
In this article we shine the spotlight on Brigitta Danso, a Trainee Solicitor at Lamb Brooks who has worked at the firm since July 2016.
Brigitta started her legal journey at Lamb Brooks working in the Property Department as a Residential Conveyancing Assistant. She then secured a training contract in November 2019. So far Brigitta has completed a seat within the Family Department and has recently finished her second seat in Private Client. Brigitta is currently working in the Residential Conveyancing department whilst waiting to start her third seat in December.
Brigitta studied Law at A-Level and then went on to do her Law degree at the University of Brighton. After graduating in 2015, Brigitta decided to gain some experience in the legal industry before committing to the profession. Brigitta started her career at a firm in Winchester working in social housing for a year before joining Lamb Brooks. After two years in the industry, Brigitta was sure that she wanted to become a solicitor and started the part time LPC course at the University of Guildford in 2017 to allow her to continue working at Lamb Brooks.
I check my emails and prioritise my workload for the day.
I touch base with my supervisor and reprioritise my workload if need be. We have an initial client meeting in the afternoon, so we discuss the background and I am asked to do some research before the client comes in.
I usually bring my own lunch into the office and then go for a walk / run some errands in town to get the steps in. Sometimes I do treat myself to lunch in town whilst catching up with a colleague.
I sit in on a client meeting with my supervisor and take notes. After the meeting I type up the attendance note and start drafting a follow up letter of advice. I go to check on one of our probate properties to check the property is in order and collect any post.
I touch base with my supervisor and go through work that I have drafted so that I can make any amendments and take onboard feedback. I update my training record with the work I have completed and skills that I have learnt today.
I generally leave the office by 17:30 unless I need to finish something. On a good day I will head to the gym, on a not so good day I will head home and watch Netflix!
Have you known from a young age that you wanted to become a solicitor?
I have been interested in the legal profession from a young age, but I decided that I wanted to become a solicitor in 2017 (two years after finishing my Law degree!)
Do you have an idea of which area of law you would like to qualify into?
Currently, my first choice is the Family Department as I enjoy listening to and helping people, problem solving, and working to deadlines.
How much interaction do you have with clients?
I speak to / see potential and existing clients daily. I like having a high level of interaction with clients.
What is the most challenging aspect about being a trainee solicitor?
Finding the balance between using your initiative and knowing when to stop and ask. Luckily, my training supervisors have been really approachable, and I’ve always felt comfortable to ask questions.
What have you enjoyed the most about your experience so far?
Getting to know colleagues in different departments that I would never usually cross paths with when I was in the residential property department.
What 3 skills do you think are needed to shine as a trainee solicitor?
Flexibility, can-do attitude and a friendly manner.
What advice would you give someone considering a career in law?
Try and get experience before committing to the additional studying. If you know which area you want to practice in, then explore all entry options and decide which route is best for you. I briefly considered doing the CLC when I was in the residential property department. However I decided that I would prefer to do the LPC and training contract as I really enjoyed my family and employment modules at university, so I didn’t want to put all my eggs in the property basket without having experience in other areas.
When are you due to qualify? And what are your immediate plans?
I qualify in May 2021! So not much longer to go! I hope to stay at Lamb Brooks and qualify into the Family Department.
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