I was drawn to Anthony Collins Solicitors because of a particular area of law I wanted to work in, but the more I discovered about its ethos and the range of clients it attracts, the more I wanted to be involved. The opportunity to support socially-conscious businesses, charities, faith communities and local authorities was a big draw for me. There are usually seats in about eight departments that trainees can choose from and there is always a good spread of contentious and non-contentious work. I completed seats in construction, governance and commercial, and personal injury, which have developed my skills in client engagement, file management, providing legal advice generally and advancing litigation skills. Throughout my training contract I had friendly colleagues around me, but none more than my fellow trainees. I spent a year as a paralegal beforehand in the property department. I have socialised with the trainees since joining the firm, and as my training contract drew nearer, I’ participated in their forums, fundraising events and general social outings. Trainees at Anthony Collins Solicitors are a close-knit bunch and you can see that same bond still existing between qualified solicitors throughout the firm who themselves were once trainees here.

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The colour purple

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