Trainees

Want to know more about legal trainee jobs at JB Leitch?

Hear from some of our staff who have undertaken legal training with us.

Katy Devine

Katy Devine

Solicitor

 Why did you choose JB Leitch?

Having left university with a politics degree I completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and then my LPC. I initially gained commercial litigation experience in Manchester before relocating to Liverpool in 2008. JB Leitch offered opportunities to develop expertise in their specialist field preparing me to start my training contract in 2010.

What were your first impressions of the firm when you joined?

When I came for my interview at JB Leitch I immediately got a good feel for the company as the management seemed really approachable and welcoming. It felt really family orientated, no us and them with the senior managers and solicitors, everyone just pulled together.

Tell us about your training journey, what challenges did you face and how were they overcome?

The firm was keen to ensure I received all required training and courses – nothing was ever a problem. The objective was to run my own files and I was quickly given responsibility and the confidence to deal with anything that was given to me. It wasn’t just classroom training, it was real life, and I was able to apply knowledge, learn quickly and gain my own clients and caseload.

What can you say about the support network within the firm?

No one is too busy to help when you need it, they will always make time for you. The support functions really make a difference as well – HR, training, systems team, IT support, everyone is working to the same goal. I couldn’t do my job without this business support.

How are you planning to contribute to the success of JB Leitch in the future?

I want to be a ‘subject matter expert’ in property law. The aim has always been to be able to do that and I’ll be supported every step of the way.

So what do people do for fun in JB Leitch? What’s the social life like?

We’re a sociable bunch – something is always being planned. The firm provides opportunities to make friends and build relationships outside work. You can speak to people in a nonwork environment that you may not get a chance to during work hours – I arranged one of our most successful summer outings at Active Adventures. It was a great success, good team building and a good turnout.

The culture here is like one big family, everyone gets on. There’s an open door policy when you need support and the management team are always happy to help.

Katie Edwards

Katie Edwards

Trainee Solicitor

Tell us how you started with JB Leitch?

I have worked for JB Leitch for just over 4 years now, I was looking for some experience working in a law firm following completion of my law degree at Chester University. I started as a Legal Assistant on one of the Service Charge recovery teams, where I learned a lot dealing with pre-legal cases. This gave me a great grounding in the type of law and work that this firm does for its clients.

Can you tell us about how your journey to become a Trainee Solicitor came about, what challenges did you face?

I left university wanting to gain some experience in a law firm before starting my LPC, this proved to be a good decision as working for JB Leitch made me realise I wanted to become a solicitor. I started my LPC on a part-time basis and while working full time. At the same time I moved over to what is now the Technical and Forfeiture Team and was promoted to Litigation Paralegal. This was a huge challenge and meant that all of my spare time was taken trying to complete the LPC. I was lucky to be supporting qualified solicitors in this new team and this helped me to become determined. Proving that I could achieve completion of the course with a distinction became a passion. Through working hard and pushing myself to use every opportunity to learn, I achieved the distinction I wanted!

What are your thoughts on the culture of JBL?

JB Leitch has a really relaxed atmosphere and you are given the free reign to challenge your abilities with plenty of support around you. Your loyalty is really rewarded with opportunities to advance your career and great staff benefits.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of starting a similar journey?

For me, it’s as simple as working really hard and showing that you can get through whatever is thrown at you. If you can do more, do it and do it at your best. If you can, get as much real experience as you can.

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