As part of Learning at Work Week, Apprentice Solicitor Emma Hazelton, shares her learning experience at Ellisons.

Tell us about your role and the department you are in…

I am a second year Apprentice Solicitor working in the Wills, Trusts and Probate Department at Ellisons.

As an apprentice, my day-to-day tasks include drafting documents, communicating with clients, conducting legal research and assisting with compliance and billing.

What, in your opinion, is the best thing about learning while working?

The best thing about learning while working is that I can use the knowledge gained from my studies and implement this into my role in the workplace.  For example, I have recently completed modules on client care and legal research.  This learning has positively impacted on my communication with clients and my research skills on legal matters in the workplace.

What’s the support like for trainees at Ellisons?

There is lots of support available.  All trainees and apprentices are assigned a mentor who they regularly meet with, and they can provide support for any concerns.  Mentors are normally based in another department and so this can enable a private space for trainees and apprentices to discuss their ambitions confidently.

Trainees and apprentices have regular reviews with their supervisors to ensure that they are meeting their goals and that they are set to develop further in the future.

Apprentices have a set study day each week.  This ensures that they have off-the-job time to attend lectures and prepare for upcoming exams and coursework deadlines.

Ellisons also offer refresher courses so that employees can brush up on essential workplace skills.  This includes training on professional writing and system user training etc.

What’s your favourite thing about working and learning at Ellisons?

My favourite thing about working at Ellisons is working with the colleagues within my team.  They are thoroughly supportive and are always happy to offer guidance when needed.

Ellisons have a great attitude towards learning and promoting alternative career pathways.  The firm actively promotes solicitor apprenticeships and CILEX, as well as the traditional route to qualification.  This gives employees the opportunity to progress and have a successful legal career.

What are you looking forward to learning the most in the next year at Ellisons?

I am most looking forward to developing my skills and knowledge further over my next year at Ellisons.  I have recently finished level 4 of my apprenticeship and look forward to starting level 5 to begin the next stage of my legal career.  I am also eager to work more independently and undertake challenging tasks as I progress throughout the rest of my apprenticeship.