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Training During Lockdown

  • Published: Monday February 8, 2021
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As we all know, Covid-19 has had a considerable and lasting impact on all areas of working life, and the legal profession is no exception. Working environments have changed considerably to facilitate business continuity and we have all had to adjust to home-working and remote access. Whilst this situation has been extremely challenging, it had facilitated innovation into how the ‘traditional’ trainee solicitor completes their training contract.

Trainee Solicitor Sophie Clare on her experience:

Starting my training contract in the midst of a national pandemic in August 2020 and a previous lockdown initially proved a daunting scenario. The challenging economic environment sadly saw a number of firms deferring their intake of trainees or reducing the cohort altogether. It was therefore extremely reassuring to have the backing of a supportive team at Graystons and my mentor who have set me on the path to qualification as a solicitor.

Whilst working from home was initially difficult to adjust to, as I had been so used to an office environment and being able to talk directly with my supervisor in person, the regular morning calls in particular have given me and the team clear direction which has continued to facilitate collaborative working and supervision.

I think in any training contract, you have to accept that it is your role and responsibility to be flexible, understanding, adaptable and committed to learning and personal development, so working from home during a pandemic certainly puts this into practice.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, it is so important more than ever that we all continue to be resilient, focussed and organised to the best of our ability.