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Harriet Serpis Trainee Solicitor, first year

I wanted to train with a firm that was big enough to provide exciting and varied work for trainees, but at the same time was small enough so that trainees could make a genuine difference to the firm. Being a trainee solicitor at TS&P provides you with the opportunity to do just that.

My first seat has been in the Dispute Resolution department and I have been given a variety of challenging and exciting work. I have attended a number of hearings, including two at the High Court and counsel conferences, drafted documents and have had a lot of contact with clients. I look forward to each seat to build my experience and knowledge.

There is a reason why the TS&P Training Contract is award winning; trainees are supported and nurtured right from the beginning. The open door policy and one on one supervision encourages us to speak up if we need help and say if there is work we would like to be involved in. Everyone in the firm goes out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Trainees are encouraged to become involved socially with the firm - the first year trainees are given the responsibility of organising one of the firm’s biggest social events – a charity quiz night.

I feel very fortunate that I am working for such a well respected and dynamic firm and I know that I made the right choice in applying to TS&P.

Joseph Dean Trainee Solicitor, first year

On arrival for my first day, I knew I had picked the right firm to undertake my training contract.  Everyone was extremely welcoming and the thorough induction process meant that I was fully briefed on what to expect over the course of the next two years.  It was good to know that I was participating in an award winning training scheme, with a firm with an excellent reputation.

The experience I have gained in my first seat in the Corporate and Commercial department has been broad.  I have been involved with various types of work from the very start (my supervisor had cc’d me into emails with specific instructions before I had even opened my first emails) and have been responsible for a number of files. 

Despite the intense nature of a first seat, balancing getting to grips with general skills such as dictation with trying to apply years of study in a practical context, TS&P’s open door policy means that there is always someone willing to spend time with me and provide guidance.  The fact that I sit in the same room as my supervisor (not as scary as it first sounds), means any issues that arise can quickly be addressed. 

So far, TS&P have exceeded my expectations and I am looking forward to what the next 18 months will bring.

Victoria Ward Trainee Solicitor, first year

From the moment I set foot in the door at TS&P I was immediately made to feel welcome and part of the team.

My first day began with a welcome talk from HR, an opportunity to meet with the senior partner and an introduction to my second year ‘buddy’. Each first year trainee has a second year buddy, who is your first point of contact if you have any worries or concerns. This is a fantastic support system and is a great way to make friends within the firm. The rest of the day involved an enjoyable lunch with the second years, an afternoon in my department and a chance to meet my training supervisor and department colleagues; everyone was so warm friendly that I knew instantly that I had chosen the right firm.

The weeks that followed involved a carefully planned and structured induction process. Each department gave a short presentation, which gave us a good understanding of the work undertaken within each department.  We were also given a thorough briefing on the IT system, the firm’s strategy and structure, and a chance to visit the office at Thames Gateway where some of us are headed in our later seats. A drinks evening was held to welcome us to the firm held at Pitcher and Piano, which was the perfect way to meet people across the firm and to end our induction.

I am now 6 months into my training contract at TS&P and feel thoroughly integrated to firm- I am excited to see what the next 18 months will bring.

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