Our apprentice, Jessica Hughes
talks about her life as an apprentice at Goughs Solicitors.
Since starting my apprenticeship back in September 2018, working at Goughs has been a truly rewarding experience. Being the youngest person in my office, I was surrounded by hugely experienced professionals having only left college a few months before. It was intimidating at first, however, it has proven to be the best learning experience of my life as I have gained so much invaluable knowledge in the space of just six months!
In my day-to-day working life in the Private Client department, I get plenty of client facing opportunities as I sit in on meetings with clients enquiring about anything from a simple will to the most complex of estates. I get to see first hand how a fully qualified solicitor would interact with clients from all walks of life in a normal legal setting – something you can’t quite get at university.
When I’m not doing client-facing work, I help with the administration side of things; from drafting legal documents, time recording and sending out letters to third parties. This is something that has helped massively with my understanding of the inner workings of a law firm and how things are kept running smoothly behind the scenes.
The thing that has stood out most for me in this experience so far has been how quickly I have been accepted into the firm as an integral part of the team and how helpful everyone is. No question is too silly – and mistakes are what have helped me learn so quickly! Whilst the theory of law is extremely important, there is nothing quite like getting to work in a real, practising law firm and experiencing the practical side of things.