Laura spent six months at JAL as a paralegal before beginning her training contract in June 2019 ago. She is hoping to qualify in July 2021.
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?
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