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Our trainees are on the right track

As a small to medium business, 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. At QualitySolicitors Howlett Clarke we offer up to two training contracts per year. We have a minimum requirement of a 2:1 degree (or equivalent), in any degree discipline and be able to demonstrate a strong connection and commitment to the local area as well as a connection to the local area.

Our two newest recruits to our trainee programme, Sophie and Dominic, have recently transitioned from paralegals to trainees. As they have settled in to their new positions we have finally caught up with them about their experience so far, and this is what they had to say.

“I initially became interested in law whilst still at school and intended to qualify as a barrister. I originally studied Modern History at Queens’ University Belfast, however throughout my undergraduate degree I was always tempted by law and completed a number of informal work experience placements. On my return home to Sussex, I began my Graduate Diploma in Law at the University of Brighton and also undertook extensive work experience at a solicitors’ firm. It was at this point that I realised I wanted to go ahead and follow the solicitor route in law rather than go to the Bar. The deciding factors were that I enjoyed the client contact, following a case right though from initial instructions to the finalisation of the matter, and working in a cohesive team. I went on to complete my Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Bloomsbury and attained a Distinction; this was mainly because I genuinely enjoyed what I was learning, which also affirmed that becoming a solicitor was the right path for me.

I started at Howlett Clarke as a paralegal in September 2016 upon finishing my LPC. I have been working in the Family department up to now and I am very much enjoying the work so far. I have been placed in both the Southwick and Brighton offices and they both have lovely working environments. I have especially enjoyed attending client meetings and the more complex pieces of work I have undertaken.

I am looking forward to completing seats in the Private Client and Litigation teams as part of my training contract and building on the skills I have developed. I am particularly excited about the ambitions the firm has for the future and hope I can be a part of this success and drive upon qualification.”

“I decided to study a law module, after researching some Intellectual Property Law at Brighton Library.  I found I was fascinated by the subject – evaluating the nuance of language and loved the accurate, concise and persuasive drafting that was required.  I decided to study and train to become a solicitor.

I took on the LLB with the Open University and then underwent my LPC at the University of Law Bloomsbury, London. I have continued to study at the University of Law to gain my LLM, which I am undertaking in my spare time.

I have previously qualified as a chef and an electrician and studied law on my tea breaks on building sites!

Since beginning work in the legal sector I have found I also enjoy working hard to get the best result for a client, a motivating factor in my previous careers. I am currently working in the Litigation department at the firm and I find the pressure involved in meeting court deadlines exciting and reminiscent of the pressure of service as a chef.

At Howlett Clarke I have found a wealth of experience from which to learn and continue to love every minute of it!”

Jackie, Managing Partner at the firm, was the first person ever to undertake the firm’s training programme. This is what she had to say about Sophie and Dominic’s progress:

"Both Dominic and Sophie have settled in really well and have fully embraced the firm's work ethic, which we love to see from trainees! I am sure they will go on to do very well in their next seats and once they qualify. We are very proud with how far they have come already."

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