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Lauren Cunningham
Our Trainee Solicitor – the story so far ……
By Kayley Wilson

Hello and welcome to Blunts and our lovely new website. I’m Lauren and I am a trainee solicitor here at Blunts.

 

By way of a bit of background I started working for Blunts in July 2013 as a paralegal and was offered my training contract in December 2013 and I am due to qualify at the end of July this year.

 

To take you even further back I actually first worked for Blunts back in 2005 when I took a year out before going to university and was employed as an office junior. I am happy that I have now gone full circle and progressing my career where it all first started! I also happened to share my first day with Tina Phipps from our Private Client department and Lynn Edgeworth our receptionist- both are still here over 10 years later.

 

During my training contract so far I have undertaken seats in residential property, developments and commercial property. I am hoping to gain some more experience in litigation and I will then be qualifying into our commercial property department.

 

I have just completed the core modules of the professional skills course. This took me out of the office for 10 days and my time was spent gaining and practising skills in advocacy and communication, client care and conduct and business and financial and business skills. Over the coming months I will be taking further courses covering commercial leases and the employment aspects of acquisitions and disposals.

…………………………. and then …………………….

 

The end of July marked the end of my training contract and I will be admitted as a solicitor on 17th August.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the 18 months training process at Blunts. Due to the nature of the firm I have been lucky enough that my training has been extremely hands on and incredibly varied, from meeting with Counsel to discuss the Data Protection Act to meeting with land owners in a field in my wellies to discuss boundaries.

 

I am very much looking forward to progressing my career at Blunts as a commercial property solicitor within our commercial/corporate team.

 

Now all that’s left is to eagerly await my practising certificate.

 

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