At Howlett Clarke we strive to encourage growth and development of our staff members, this is why we are proud to have our trainee programme.Whilst being a SME we believe in nurturing talent in the local community and are always looking to engage and encourage local candidates to apply for our trainee programme.
First up we have Daniel Dickson who is now a qualified solicitor in our Litigation department. Daniel initially did work experience with the firm in the Personal Injury team in December 2011 and the Litigation team in August 2012, before joining Howlett Clarke as a paralegal in July 2014. He studied Law with Business at the University of Brighton, graduated in 2013 and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Guildford in 2014. This is what Daniel had to say about why he chose to be a solicitor and why he enjoys it:
“I first decided I wanted to be a Solicitor when I was at College. I was studying both Law and Accountancy at the time and found Law much more varied and interesting. At that stage, there were a lot of laws that I disagreed with and thought that by going into Law I might be able to change some of them!
I decided to study Law at University based upon that, and then spent some time working in the Houses of Parliament to see how new laws were actually made. It was at that point that I decided I would prefer to be in the role of interpreting what the law says and how it applies to people in their everyday lives. Nevertheless, I am still very proud to have been involved in the case that changed the legal position on Taxi Licensing!
One of the things I enjoy most about my role and especially in Dispute Resolution is the amount of contact I have with clients and being able to help them to resolve any problems that they have. It is also nice to receive positive feedback from a client at the end of a matter when you have been able to achieve their aims/goals. I enjoy the fact that no two days are the same, and also working in Dispute Resolution the intensity that comes with meeting Court deadlines etc.”
Ellie Taylor first joined Howlett Clarke in September 2014 as a paralegal. She graduated from the University of Sussex in 2013 with a degree in Law before completing the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Guildford. Ellie has now qualified as a solicitor with the firm and is working in the Private Client department. Here’s what she has to say about qualifying and what inspired her to become a solicitor:
“I first became interested in law when I did my A levels in 1996. I was inspired by a great teacher and knew from that point I wanted to be a solicitor.
I decided to go back to university in 2010 after raising a family and studied Law LLB at the University of Sussex. Being a mature student was challenging but allowed me to develop the skills I needed to become a successful solicitor. I knew law would be a competitive field so I pushed myself to seek out various opportunities and worked hard to achieve high grades.
I left Sussex with a First Class degree and various awards, including winning the Best Achieving Student twice! Following my degree I was awarded a scholarship from the Law Society to undertake the Legal Practice Course, which I did at the University of Law in Guildford and achieved a Distinction.
I began my training contract at Howlett Clarke in January 2015 and undertook seats in Corporate & Commercial, Family, and Private Client. I have recently qualified into the Private Client department assisting clients with their Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Management of Affairs and Probate.
I have always wanted to use my knowledge to assist clients resolve problems and make a difference when clients are experiencing difficulties. It is very rewarding to achieve that objective and to receive such positive feedback from my clients. I enjoy meeting new clients and working with them to organise their affairs.”
On behalf of the firm we would once again like to congratulate both Daniel and Ellie wish them every success as qualified solicitors.