Rachel, can you tell us about your study/work experience prior to starting your role at Lesley Anderson Law?
Before starting my role as a trainee solicitor with Lesley Anderson Law, I completed an undergraduate law degree at the University of Strathclyde, achieving first-class honours. I then continued at the University of Strathclyde to complete the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. During my time at University, I found a particular interest in the area of family law, studying it at both undergraduate and honours level and taking a family law module during the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.
Alongside studying at University, I was also employed in various customer facing roles which enabled me to develop my communication skills and my ability to work under pressure. I undertook legal work experience with Lesley Anderson Law originally in my third year of University after enjoying the Family Law module. I loved my experience with the firm and continued working with them during holidays. My role involved typing up various different types of documents, organising appointments, and corresponding with clients via email, telephone and in person, when they attended at the office.
Through the firm, I was given the opportunity to broaden my legal experience by shadowing a Criminal Defence Solicitor at a separate firm. Whilst I found this to be interesting, it confirmed to me that my preferred area of practice is Family Law.
What are you most looking forward to within your new role?
Within my new role as a trainee solicitor at Lesley Anderson Law, I am looking forward to working with Ms Anderson as my mentor. Ms Anderson provides an excellent service to her clients and I hope to learn all that I can from her.
The prospect of having more responsibilities, dealing with different types of matters and having direct involvement with clients, is also very exciting to me. Advising clients, particularly in family law actions where they are facing difficult times in their lives, is something that I believe will be rewarding.
What do you believe you can bring to your new role?
I am a determined and conscientious individual who strives to achieve in everything that I do. This will be of great benefit to me as a trainee with the firm, as I will not back down from a challenge and will always aim to have every task completed on time and to a high standard. My main motivation for choosing to study law was to help people and make a difference in their lives. I believe that my experiences and the skills that I have developed from them will aid me in this endeavour and allow me to offer a professional, friendly, and approachable service to clients.