I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of my training contract with Taylor Walton. Whilst training at the Firm, I had experience in the Employment, Commercial Litigation, Private Client and Corporate & Commercial Departments. I am currently a Newly-qualified Solicitor based in the Employment Department. I felt that I had a great breadth of experience in the type of work I was given and the clients I was dealing with, as well as receiving high quality training from many people throughout the Firm. However, the part that I enjoy the most is the culture at Taylor Walton.
By the time you have worked your way around all four (or three) training seats, you will know almost everybody that works at Taylor Walton. With each new office you move to, you receive a welcoming reception from everybody there. I would also say that each office, and even each department, has its own personality – these experiences has given me fantastic skills enabling me to work with a vast range of people and in different environments.
One thing which I fell Taylor Walton does extremely well is to make sure you, as a Trainee Solicitor, feel no less valued than the more senior members of staff you work with. You interact with Partners all through the day and due to the independence you are given in your training, you are able to provide valuable support to them, as well as them giving you invaluable training.
Private Client - Solicitor
Taylor Walton usually has between five and seven trainees spread over the two year duration of the Training Contract, so it’s easy for the Trainees to get to know each other quickly. As the Trainees are split between the Firm’s three offices, we try to get together every couple of months to catch up, share experiences and exchange tips for each new training seat. The Trainees often get involved in regional social activities which is a great way to get to know young lawyers at other local firms. The Hertfordshire Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) is quite active and we often try to attend their events; the annual charity quiz is popular!
Taylor Walton has a monthly ‘Friday @ 5’ event where everyone is encouraged to knock of early and head down to the pub to unwind. There is also the annual cricket match (although last year it was rained off due to it clashing with the only rainy day in July!), and arguably the highlight of the year, the Christmas Party which for the last few years has been held at a local county house with dinner, dancing and a casino!
The firm is keen to support local charities and this is often used as a good excuse to have some fun with colleagues whilst raising money for a good cause. Entering a team into the ‘Tough Mudder’ challenge has become an annual event, but for those who are slightly less adventurous, the local legal walks are always well attended.
I am currently in my second seat of my training contract with Taylor Walton and from my first day I have felt supported in all of the work that I have done. I have been presented with a broad range of tasks including regular client contact and attendance at court. I have been given the opportunity to learn and progress throughout my training contract. My supervisors and colleagues have always made themselves available to teach me new aspects of the job and ensure that I have understood and feel comfortable in carrying out the tasks that I have been given.
Feedback is presented in a constructive and helpful way and I have never been made to feel bad if I don’t get it quite right the first time!
I feel confident in taking on new challenges and I am given the opportunity to use my initiative while still feeling that I can ask for assistance when I need it. I am still in my first year of my training contract but I have learned so much already and I know that the quality of training that I have received will make the transition to being a qualified lawyer a lot easier.
Commercial Real Estate - Partner
I joined the firm as a trainee after having completed a philosophy and politics degree at Leeds University followed by the GDL conversion course at the College of Law in London. I qualified as a solicitor into the commercial real estate department and am now Partner.
I act for a broad spectrum of clients, from large offshore property investors to owner managed businesses, and specialise in helping them to look after their property portfolios including financing, acquiring, managing and disposing of commercial freehold and leasehold properties which includes core advice on related legal matters such as Landlord and Tenant Act law. I represent developers in site finance and acquisition, assembly and sales off of commercial and residential units.