Nicole Hinson - Apprentice Paralegal, Pinsent Masons

I have found it very rewarding to see how much more responsibility and trust I have been given by the team.

Apprentice Paralegal | Pinsent Masons

What led you to enrol on an apprenticeship?

I wasn’t sure about going to University, so I began looking into other routes, which is where I came across apprenticeships. I liked the fact that an apprenticeship offered the opportunity to gain hands on experience and a qualification in the relevant field which would allow me to develop further in my chosen career path. Once I began looking into different apprenticeships I found an opportunity at Pinsent Masons, who work with Damar, to complete a Level 3 Paralegal qualification. 

What does your role as an apprentice entail?

My main responsibility at Pinsent Masons is to assist Solicitors and Partners in my department as necessary. On a day to day basis I help to create bundles for court or client meetings, undertake legal research, update databases and assist with drafting letters and emails to clients. 

What have you enjoyed most about your apprenticeship?

My main responsibility at Pinsent Masons is to assist Solicitors and Partners in my department as necessary. On a day to day basis I help to create bundles for court or client meetings, undertake legal research, and assist with drafting letters and emails to clients. I also update a number of databases for the cases I work on, which keep track of various points of research, correspondence, etc. These are very important as they make it easier for the team to keep track of these issues and avoid any duplication of work.

What has been a personal highlight of your apprenticeship?

I would say that a personal highlight of my apprenticeship has been seeing how much I have developed since the start of my apprenticeship. My firm has not previously run an apprenticeship scheme, so it has been a learning curve for all. My team has been very supportive and showed a lot of understanding of the fact that I am still training. I have found it very rewarding to see how much more responsibility and trust I have been given by the team in recent months. 

Have you got any advice for school leavers looking for the right career path?

My main advice would be that university is not the only route after leaving school, so if you are unsure, it is worth looking into the apprenticeship route. There is a great range of apprenticeships available so there is something for everyone. It also offers the opportunity to gain a qualification on the job.

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