Claire Brown Solicitor
Jenna Mistry Solicitor
Andrew Robinson Solicitor
Claire began her career here at Edward Hands and Lewis as a trainee solicitor, after completing her LLB Law Degree at the University of Leicester, where she achieved a 2:1. She was admitted as a Solicitor in May 2015 and currently works within the Private Client Team at our Stoney Stanton branch.
At university Claire made sure she acted on the advice of her personal tutor and got involved with pro bono work and extra-curricular activities such as debating societies. Claire tried to get as much legal experience as possible and worked with various law firms to experience different types of practice. Claire also volunteered and worked with the witness service based at Loughborough Magistrates courts for 2 years.
A short time after graduating from University, Claire decided to do her LPC at The College of Law in Birmingham.
Towards the end of her LPC, Claire applied to EHL and was invited to attend an assessment day. Claire had previously worked at a law firm on a part-time basis during her studies for 5 years and she believes her experience and extra skills obtained made her stand out from the competition. Claire was offered a final interview and commenced a liaison programme with the firm whilst she completed her LPC, meaning she spent a day working at the firm once every month in between studies.
As with all new members of staff, when Claire started at EHL she became part of the ‘Buddy Pro-gramme’ where she was paired up named staff members with whom she could discuss any areas of concern together details of the firm’s practices and procedures. This is a programme developed to manage the sharing of information and ensures staff members are surrounded by friendly faces to approach if needed.
Whilst finishing her LPC, Claire worked at EHL on a full-time basis and initially worked in the Family department and from the start was given a lot of responsibility and client contact. Claire attended court hearings very early on and had her own case load. Claire says she ‘learnt a huge amount in the family department’ and this provided her with a good basis to move into the private client department after one year at EHL.
Claire then went on to secure a training contract at the firm, moving into several seats such as Commercial Law, Litigation. In summer 2014 Claire was given the chance to move to the Stoney Stanton office and work within the Private Client department as her final seat. After qualifying as a fully trained solicitor, Claire was offered a job with the firm and decided to remain within this department.
In November 2011, Jenna was invited back for a week of work experience with Edward Hands & Lewis Solicitors after impressing during her placement in October 2011. Jenna joined the firm for work experience between working in property at another firm.
Again, she greatly impressed whilst on placement with the firm and in December 2011, Paul Stubbs (Director) proposed a position within the Group to Jenna. She attended an interview with Denise Parkinson of Cash Protection Agency (CPA), a debt recovery company within EHL Group and was swiftly offered the job. Whilst she enjoyed working in property, Jenna saw that the great opportunity of working in CPA, recovering debts through the small claims court. Jenna saw this as a great opportunity to help her fulfil her ideal career of becoming a litigator and, in turn, joined the team in January 2012.
In pursuit of progression, Jenna started her LPC part time in September 2012. Working full time and attending college saw her focus home in on the career path to become a solicitor.
Jenna excelled at her role in CPA and her hard work and commitment was recognised by her colleagues and management. She had become a great asset to the company. In true EHL style, Jenna was awarded a training contract for the commitment she had shown and hard work she had put in. The move to Edward Hands & Lewis Solicitors took place in June 2013 with her period of recognised training to commence in August 2013 with Jenna’s first seat to be within the Commercial Property department.
Commercial Property kept hold of Jenna until May 2014, although they kindly loaned her to Residential Property for 1 month, until she was given the opportunity to move to London and assist in the development of EHL (Harrow) Limited. This was a new venture for EHL, moving into the London market with a new office and saw Jenna along with Emma Popat (Director of EHL Harrow) take on a Business Development role with the aim to make their branch successful.
Offering Litigation and Residential Property services this branch grew, going strength to strength and more staff joined their ranks, seeing Jenna move into her third and final seat in December 2014 back in Leicester.
Jenna is due to qualify in May 2015 and was award EHL trainee of the year 2014. Jenna is taking her final seat in Litigation assisting also in Commercial Property. She now has the difficult decision of deciding which department she wants to qualify into. It has been a great learning curve for Jenna and she has found love for many departments other than her original favourite, Litigation.
Jenna took her final seat in Litigation assisting also in Commercial Property and was awarded EHL trainee of the year 2014. Jenna qualified as a solicitor in June 2015 and after a difficult decision, decided she wanted to work in the commercial property department.
Andrew Robinson was a Trainee Solicitor at Edward Hands & Lewis Solicitors and developed a strong interest in Law as a result of his studies at the University of East Anglia, where he completed an LLB in Law. Andrew spent a year of his degree studying Law in Lund, Sweden and during his university life, he applied for vacation schemes and training contracts to ensure he gave himself the best possible footing for a career in the legal profession.
Andrew went on to study his Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Trent University and he completed the same in May 2010. Andrew continued to apply for numerous training contracts and paralegal positions during his LPC in the hope of securing a training contract.
In September 2010, Andrew attended an assessment day at Edward Hands & Lewis Solicitors and as a result was offered the position of a Paralegal in October 2010. Shortly after commencing his employment with EHL, it became clear Andrew was an invaluable member of staff and as a result he was offered a training contract which commenced on 01 April 2011.
During his training contract, Andrew gained experience in a large number of practice areas including Litigation, Employment, Conveyancing, Family and Corporate.
Within a month of commencing his training contract, Andrew attended a Court hearing and was given his own case load within 2 months. Since then, he has developed a full case load and has been a valued member of staff in each department he has trained in. Andrew believes there is a real opportunity to progress through his career based on merit through the experience provided within EHL.
Andrew has taken the time to provide some top tips for securing a training contract:
‘During your second year of university, apply for as many vacation schemes as possible – these schemes impress future employers and give you a great opportunity to apply for a position in the firm you have worked in.
At the same time apply for as many training contracts as possible, but be realistic – the chances of get-ting a training contract at this stage (especially one that pays for your LPC) are in my experience low, so concentrate on vacation schemes as you are much more likely to get them at this stage.
During your third year of university continue to apply for training contracts and consider whether you wish to study the LPC. If you do not have a training contract (and most of the people I knew on the LPC didn’t when we started) then it isn’t the end of the world. The LPC is a massive financial commitment and the decision to study shouldn’t be taken lightly, however, the opportunities to gain paralegal or training contracts increase.
While you are studying the LPC use the careers service and start to apply for paralegal positions as it ensures a job upon completion of LPC and is a great foot in the door to apply for a training contract at the firm you have the paralegal position or elsewhere.
Andrew is an example of what hard work and commitment paired together with the excellent training programme at EHL can create and is completed his training contract in June 2013. With this Andrew has gone on to head up his own department in Employment Law, opening up and Employment Law clinic each week in our Loughborough office making this service more accessible. Working alongside our sister company CoLaw, specializing in HR & Employment support, Andrew has built up his extensive knowledge in this area and will be looking to make a permanent move to CoLaw from May 2015.