Name: Helen Walton
Position: Trainee solicitor
University: University of Manchester
Hobbies: Horse riding, shoe shopping, family time
Current department: Construction and Engineering
Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 8/4
Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?
I really enjoyed the various work experience placements I undertook before starting the GDL and I felt it would be something I would be good at. My degree course equipped me with many of the skills required to be a successful solicitor, such as time management, analytical skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
What were the biggest challenges you faced when trying to secure a training contract?
Making myself stand out among other exceptional candidates. Essentially, most of the people applying for the same training contracts as you are academically capable, have similar work experience and could easily become competent lawyers. The difficulty is making yourself stand out, demonstrating who you are and what you could offer a firm.
What was the toughest training contract interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer?
Why do you want to be a solicitor? I think this is a difficult question to answer without giving a trite response. Essentially, I answered as above, it felt right!
Tell us a bit about the type of work handled by the department you’re in at the moment…
We do a full range of contentious and non-contentious work from drafting the contractual documents which govern the relationships between the parties before, during and after the project commences to advising on disputes within the construction industry.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?
Working with some exceptional people at all levels of the business. I genuinely respect and enjoy working with my colleagues.
What about your job didn’t you expect before you started?
There is a lot of regulatory/administrative tasks that must be completed which can sometimes hinder your ability to get through the work.
Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about?
Shoeaholics.com outlining their new stock and offers.
Where’s the best place to go to get your office’s gossip?
The drinks machine.
Describe your training partner in three words.
Knowledgeable, commercial, formidable
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).
- I have been on a helicopter through the Grand Canyon and it was snowing.
- I attended a Peter Andre concert aged 18.
- I own over 40 pairs of shoes.
If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in law?
Go for it!