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Danielle S - Paralegal

Name: Danielle S

Joined the company: September 2008

Starting position: Office Junior

Current position: Trainee Solicitor

What support have you received to help you develop through the company?

I started working for 2020 Legal Limited as an Office Junior in 2008. A partner of the firm asked me where I wanted to be in ten years time, I knew it was a Solicitor. I was then encouraged to go to university, get my degree and start my career. Whilst I was at university, 2020 Legal Limited allowed me to return over the summer holiday and at Christmas time. I was gaining experience all the time working in all different departments. Once I graduated from university in 2012 I applied for the role of Legal Assistant in the EL/PL department, I joined the EL/PL department in April 2012. This was a brand new role for me and I was learning and gaining experience every day. I made the decision in September 2013 to study the Legal Practice Course.

I was always encouraged to start the Legal Practice Course; I have received a lot of support in doing this. I attend the Legal Practice Course every Wednesday, to enable me to do this my manager agreed that I could attend college every Wednesday and I would work 4 days per week to allow me the time to fit all my college work in. When I saw the advertisement for the Trainee Solicitors role I knew my next step was applying and following the Assessment Centre I was successful. I am now a Trainee Solicitor undertaking my first seat within EL/PL. I have also been seconded ½ day a week into Accounts and Costs so that I also gain invaluable exposure in this side of the business. The support network here from Managers and Solicitors is excellent and inspires me to do well.

Career aspirations:

Trainee Solicitor with 2020 Legal Limited eventually qualifying as a Solicitor.

What do you like most about working for 2020 Legal?

2020 Legal Limited has always been very supportive from the beginning, I feel I am always encouraged to progress and there is always flexibility when it’s required.