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Mignonette Ellis - Trainee Solicitor (01 March 2018 - 31 August 2020)

Previous Trainee Solicitor Mignonette started his/her training contract with Martin Tolhurst Solicitors in March 2018 and  qualified as a solicitor in August 2020. Mignonette discusses why she/he chose to train with 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 at the University of Kent.

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

Previous experience I gained was when I worked for a Patent and Trademark attorneys office, two immigration and asylum firms, the Kent Law Clinic and lastly at the Barristers Chambers.

Work experience was very useful as I undertook activities which gave an insight into the work of solicitors and barristers, confirming my decision to enter the profession.

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

I wanted to learn about the English legal system so I took A level law and really enjoyed it. I decided to study it at university and following my work experience placements decided that I was more suited to the work of a solicitor. During law school I realised I enjoyed commercial claw more than other areas I had experienced up to that point and that a career in commercial property or corporate was what I wanted to pursue.

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

I applied for a commercial property paralegal vacancy after I had finished law school and I was working full time for Ralph Lauren.

As a trainee what seats did you undertake?

I was a trainee for 18 months and I sat seats in commercial property, corporate, lease extensions and litigation.

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

Reviewing and responding to emails, carrying out tasks set by your partner or other fee earner, drafting and amending documents, completing your training contract diary, completing PSC courses.

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

The firm has an open door policy so I am able to discuss matters with the fee earner, I am offered various courses and can request courses I believe will benefit my development.

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

The firm is inclusive and has a friendly culture. We work together as one team.