Tips on considering the area of law to qualify into

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Thinking about the area of law that you would like to qualify into can be tricky. Some trainees know exactly what area of law they want to qualify in before they even start their training contract and others have absolutely no idea. Some trainees start their training contracts thinking they know exactly what they want

Life as a Third Seat Trainee

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I am currently in the third seat of my training contract in the Commercial Property department and this will be my second time working as a trainee in the team. I thought it would be good to give an overview of what a Commercial Property trainee does on day-to-day basis, although no two days are

Caring for your Mental Health as a Trainee Solicitor

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It is no secret that the work of a trainee solicitor can be taxing at times. There are deadlines to meet and just as you start to feel comfortable and on top of everything, you are switching seats and starting the whole process again. All this means is that it is especially important to take

Beyond the Training Contract: Committee opportunities

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At Machins we have three committees that welcome and encourage involvement from all members of staff, and I am lucky enough to be a member of all three. The Social Committee is responsible for planning, organising and overseeing social events and activities throughout the year, including our annual Christmas party. We also run a number

The Run up to Qualification

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Normally the return to work in January as a trainee comes as a big shock to the system – you’re often starting in a new department with new colleagues, and have to shake off the brain fog brought on by too much food over the Christmas break. This time around, however, I am staying in

Steps to help you in your first week in a law firm

By Trainee Blog

You’ve made it past the interview stages, accepted the job offer, the initial excitement has passed and now the first day of your new job in a law firm is approaching. The nerves might be starting to settle in. Here are some top tips based on my experience to help ensure that your first job

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