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What’s it like being an apprentice in a law firm?

In July 2015, I was lucky enough to become an apprentice within the firm, assisting the very experienced David Burke in the conveyancing department. I went to Xaverian College for one year, until realising that I wanted to be part of a practical and hands-on work place. When people think of an ‘apprentice’ they associate it with coffee making, photocopying and everyone else’s filing they don’t want to do. Although in reality, I got thrown into the deep end on the first day- experiencing a role within David Burke’s footsteps; I was challenged with all things new! Now three months in as a member of the firm, I have gained new knowledge day by day; surrounded by extremely friendly, genuine and welcoming colleagues.

My day differs every day and I genuinely learn something new every day. I undertake tasks on all parts of the conveyancing process from ordering initial searches on a purchase to completing the registration of the property following completion.

Michelle from the ‘Damar’ training company comes in monthly for a couple of hours as she guides me through my exam program. Michelle continuously sets coursework tasks for me to complete and I get given deadlines to work towards. The coursework at times can be challenging, but I get there eventually with the help from my experienced and educated colleagues.

My aspirations for the future would be to succeed with my Level 3 Legal Services examinations (that begin in January- lot’s of exciting revision to do over the Christmas hols). Hopefully, I will then be offered the opportunity within the firm to complete the next stage within my career of being an apprentice at McHale & Co; and work my way up the ladder and achieve above and beyond!

I applied for the position at McHale & Co Solicitor’s through the Manchester Government Website, and it was a privilege to have been offered such an opportunity at such a young age of seventeen. I hope to carry on learning new skills and aim to challenge myself by taking on any difficult tasks that I am faced with along the way.

Before working at McHale & Co, I had very little knowledge in regards to conveyancing and the legal work that went behind it. I have found it very interesting to learn the process that is required throughout the buying and selling of a property; and that it is vital to create a rapport with a client through what can be at sometimes a difficult or long journey.  

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