We are fortunate to have three new trainees join us this year. We sat down with Alexander Phillips, one of our Lincoln Trainees, to find out more about why he chose Langleys and the challenges he anticipates. His first seat is with our Family team.
Why did you choose to train with Langleys?
After having ties with Langleys coming from York and living in Lincoln. I saw the impact Langleys had on the local community and expertise and skill they brought to businesses. I took part in Langleys mentoring scheme and work experience and I found everyone to be extremely helpful and encouraging which instilled confidence in my studies at university and ambition to become a solicitor. Particularly, Langleys focus on their clients and their experiences had especially resonated with me as I strive to give excellent service and quality to their matters.
What are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to the new skills and competencies to learn and develop while at Langleys and I can’t wait to get stuck in. I am starting my first seat in Family Law and I am excited to get to grips with liaising with clients and building relationships within my team. In a wider context, I am excited for the wide variety of seat options available at Langleys which will give me a chance to experience areas of law I have not studied or had any exposure to before.
What challenges will you face?
Having never worked in a firm before, I think the transition from university life towards office-based learning may throw up some new and unexpected challenges. The volume of work at first may come as bit of a shock to me, but I’m excited to be able to use skills gained in other roles to navigate the fast-paced environment and provide ample support for my team. After being with the Family Law team for a few days now I am reassured they will provide excellent training and advice to help me overcome the new information and tasks.
What are your aspirations for the future?
My aspirations for the near future are qualifying as a solicitor at the end of my training contract with Langleys. I would then enjoy specialising into my chosen field and begin to concrete myself as a knowledgeable and informed member of my team. In the longer term, I would like to embark on a career at Langleys and in turn build up to a prospective leader within the firm. Finally, I would love to be able to pass on the skills I have gained during my training contract and career to other prospective trainees.