Laura Foster is undertaking the intermediate apprenticeship in legal administration. In her time at Hethertons Solicitors, Laura has developed her skills and competency in conveyancing transactions which have ultimately seen her progress to actively assisting the directors of the department.
Conveyancing is a high volume area of law which requires attention to detail, time management skills, dedication and patience in what is often a highly stressful job. She has exceeded all expectations and has become a valued member of the team, receiving high praise from her colleagues. This was recently reflected in a shining testimony from Tom Henry, the director of the commercial property department, who stressed how well Laura has done and continues to do so in her position at Hethertons.
Laura’s high level of progress is also reflected in her studies which has seen her successfully complete two exams and four controlled assessments, in addition to demonstrating her competency in a range of practical areas.
Read more about Laura in our exclusive interview:
What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?
After finishing sixth form, I decided that I did not want to go to university to study Law. I was very eager to start my career path by learning whilst working, because I felt that this would benefit me in a way that university would not.
What does your role as an apprentice entail?
I work in the commercial property department where I assist solicitors with the day-to-day running of their files. My duties can include liaising with clients, posting completion duties and corresponding with relevant parties in their transactions.
What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?
I have enjoyed working with Tom Henry and Simon Crack whom are both directors of Hethertons. During my apprenticeship, Tom and Simon have both supported my job role by an even level of praise and constructive criticism which have enabled me to flourish and improve in my job role.
What has been a personal highlight of your apprenticeship?
My personal highlight was attending an opening night held by one of our clients at their new premises. We had recently acted for the company in the purchase of new office space and were all invited for champagne and canapés. I was invited because my assistance throughout the transaction had enabled the completion to go through smoothly.
Have you got any advice for school leavers looking for the right career path?
My advice would be to not feel pressure into going to university if you do not feel like that is the correct path for you. Training to be a solicitor via the CILEX route is a very respectable pathway; it also means that you have many years of work experience which most university graduates lack. Work experience has allowed me to experience client interaction which has developed my communication skills, something you cannot gain from a degree.
Jenna Moran, Laura’s trainer, says:
“I took over conduct of Laura in October 2015. In the last three months, she has worked through 70% of her portfolio, passed six exams/assessments and completed her competency units to an extremely high standard. Laura has endured some really labour intensive day sessions and has passed some particularly difficult assessments in a short period of time which is testament to her hard work and dedication to the course. Not only is Laura a pleasure to work with but she is also highly valued by her firm for her continued hard work”.
Simon Crack, Head of Residential Property at Hethertons, comments:
“Laura has been an exceptional member of staff from day one and is a real pleasure to work with. She has really come on leaps and bounds and is now a very competent legal assistant. Everyone at Hethertons is delighted that she has been chosen as Damar’s Legal Student of the Month”.