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Payal Patel

Trainee Solicitor

Payal is currently based in our Sittingbourne branch working within our Family Law Department.

What Payal says:

I joined the firm in July 2017 as a Legal Assistant within the Family Department dealing with Matrimonial and Children matters. Within this role I had the opportunity to work with different people in a variety of different areas, meaning every day you can be doing something completely different. I have learnt that it isn’t enough for solicitors to just know the law- being able to apply your knowledge to your client’s particular situation is crucial to providing the best possible advice. I completed a Degree in Business with Law in which I was awarded a 2:1, after which I completed the GDL and LPC with the University of Law in Bloomsbury. While I was at university I was fortunate enough to gain experience at some law firms, seeing the different roles that they play in providing advice and working towards solutions to legal problems.  I currently work in the Family department, undertaking my first seat supporting one of our Partners, Nameeta Gujral. I am fortunate to be able to do a job that I enjoy and pride myself on being friendly, having a positive attitude, and excellent organisation skills.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, spending time with my two daughters, reading and a newfound favourite is listening to podcasts.

If I were not a lawyer, I would…..

Continue chasing the dream of being a Lawyer, that is all that I have every wanted to be.

If I were stranded on a desert island and could take three pieces of music (or books) with me, they would be…

The Outdoor Survival Handbook by Ray Mears- by the time I’ve come to terms that I am stranded on a desert island, I’ll probably need to buckle down and build a shelter or find a reliable food source. Having a resourceful book with essential survival advice will be key!

Life of Pi- I find this book inspires me and shows me that hope can be found even in the most desperate of situations and to not give up on any chance to survive. (I would need the courage)

Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody- the heart breaking balladry, legendary singalong bridge (yes I’m a Queen’s fan!) would be enough to keep me entertained for days