Trainee Solicitor

Laura is a first seat Trainee Solicitor currently sitting in the Property department, assisting in, amongst others, lease enfranchisement and contentious matters.  

Work Bio

Laura is a second seat Trainee Solicitor currently sitting in the Conveyancing Department, assisting in sales, purchases, remortgages and transfers of equity.

Number of years post qualification experience?

6 months as a paralegal, 8 months as a trainee and is hoping to qualify in 2021.

Estimate of the number of cases and example of interesting
cases you deal with in each given area you work in?

Commercial (inc. litigation and debt recovery) – 30 cases

Protection of liability for contractor working with architects and surveyors through the means of a specific JCT contract.

Employment (inc. litigation)  - 10 cases

Determination of variation of contractual terms and ‘working under protest’.

Property (contentious and non-contentious)  – 40 cases

Various including lease extensions, collective enfranchisements, landlord and tenant disputes including possession claims and Japanese knotweed disputes.

Other – 10 cases

Enforcement of order for child maintenance from EU member state by UK domiciled applicant against non-EU domiciled respondent.

Percentage of time spent on your areas?

Commercial – 30 %

Property – 60 %

Others – 10%

Complexity and types of issues you deal with?

Commercial – generally simple; commercial leases, commercial contracts (drafting), litigation (e.g. breach of contract – more complex).

Employment – Settlement Agreements (generally standard).

Litigation (can be more complex)

Property – standard lease extension and enfranchisement matters, drafting leases, recovery of service charge arrears and more complex litigation e.g. possession

Others – can be complex legal issues to research and determine next steps.


Alexander Pappin and Ben Colenutt

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