Poppi Herald talks about her work and explains what it is like to be an apprentice Legal Assistant with The Law Practice (UK) Ltd.
What made you choose an apprenticeship and what is your current role?
For years I have known law is my destined career. I find the subject so fascinating yet so vast – there are so many different types of sectors within law. This is one of the factors which initially sparked my interest, you can never be bored as there will always be something new to investigate. So, knowing that there is an apprenticeship to get your foot in the door was amazing to me! It makes me so happy knowing that TLP have taken a chance on me. At current, I assist in Commercial Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation which covers a lot of different things!
What’s your typical day like?
My typical day is corresponding with clients, other solicitors etc. I work alongside a senior solicitor who is great at teaching me about the profession. It is a constant learning curve for me!
What is your proudest achievement since joining The Law Practice (UK) Ltd?
Probably finding out that The Law Practice (UK) Ltd wanted to take me on – considering how much I wanted my job! As previously said, I just felt so lucky that there was a firm out there that wanted to give me this opportunity. I am still immensely grateful for the opportunity.
What are the key things you’ve learned since joining?
Probably organisation… I have never been a non-organised person but being at The Law Practice (UK) Ltd has advanced these skills for me – and timekeeping!
Where do you see your career in five years?
Joining The Law Practice (UK) Ltd at an early age ensures I have many years ahead of me to be able to expand my knowledge and become my overall goal, a solicitor. So, in 5 years’ time I hope I will be getting at least a tiny bit closer to becoming one!
What’s your favourite thing about working for TLP?
My favourite thing about working where I do is that everybody is so helpful and on-hand with guidance and support. I am never made to feel that I am annoying anybody by asking as many questions as I do.
In your opinion, what makes law a career that young people should consider?
It is so interesting! No client or case is the same. There is such variation, it is not like a job you go to everyday and it will be the same – I think having different things to focus on is a real positive! And you can manage yourself, and your own time. I find the subject so fascinating yet so vast – there are so many different types of sectors within law. This is one of the factors which initially sparked my interest, you can never be bored as there will always be something new to investigate.
What advice would you give to a candidate interested in a legal apprenticeship?
For anybody considering a career within the industry I strongly advise to go for it! There is nothing to lose but SO much to gain. Lawyers/solicitors are always going to be needed and as previously stated, no case is ever the same.