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Hannah Stanford - Trainee Solicitor (August 2016 - July 2018)

Trainee Solicitor Hannah Stanford started her training contract with Martin Tolhurst Solicitors in August 2016. Hannah’s first seat with Martin Tolhurst Solicitors was with our Conveyancing team. Hannah is now in her second seat with our Wills and Probate team.

Trainee Solicitor Hannah Stanford is very impressed with the standard of training at Martin Tolhurst Solicitors.

Where and what did you study at University before you were accepted for a Training Contract with Martin Tolhurst Solicitors?

I studied Law at the University of Reading before completing the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in London. I have since been awarded a Masters in Professional Legal Practice and am looking forward to my graduation this April.

What work had you done before you started your training, including work placements and voluntary work? Did your work experience prove useful?

I have worked for various law firms and private legal practioners in and around Kent, gaining an understanding in a range of areas including family law, employment law, conveyancing and private client services. These experiences have been invaluable in my decision to advance my career in the legal sector.

When and why did you decide to become a solicitor with Martin Tolhurst Solicitors?

As well as having an excellent reputation locally, Martin Tolhurst Solicitors has been continuously supportive and encouraging throughout my studies. It is unlikely that I would have received such a high level of backing or training elsewhere and for this reason there was no other firm I would have completed my training with.

How did you get a place at Martin Tolhurst Solicitors and what did you do before?

I began at Martin Tolhurst Solicitors as an Office Administrator, travelling between the offices throughout my time at University. Once I had completed my second year of University I was offered my training contract with the firm.

How long have you been a trainee and what seats have you held?

I have been a trainee for 4 months and am currently in my second seat in the Wills and Probate department. For the first 3 months I worked alongside Jane Williams, Partner, in the Conveyancing department.

What does your typical day as a trainee solicitor look like?

My day begins with a big cup of coffee which I enjoy whilst sorting through any correspondence that I have received. After attending to any urgent matters I begin reviewing the client’s instructions and drafting their Wills accordingly. I respond to client queries throughout the day and reserve the afternoon to finalise and register Client Wills.

What training and support did you receive whilst being a trainee solicitor?

Martin Tolhust Solicitors has been wholly supportive throughout my training contract. By requiring me to complete modules on their online training programme I am able to test my knowledge and understanding of a key legal area. This is also useful for keeping up to date with the latest legal developments. My Supervisor is always on hand to answer any questions that I may have and has been friendly and encouraging throughout.

What are the best bits about being a trainee at Martin Tolhurst Solicitors?

Martin Tolhurst Solicitors has provided me with the knowledge and confidence to develop my legal career. I am encouraged to act independently but I know that there is always support from absolutely everyone in the firm.