From trainee to qualified – how TLT stand out from the crowd: Q&A with Kate Shipton

Kate started TLTs training contract in 2010, and qualified as a solicitor into the Commercial Dispute Resolution team. Reflecting on her experiences, she highlights why TLT stands out from the crowd.

  • Last updated Feb 11, 2018 9:22:28 AM
  • By Kate Shipton, Solicitor at TLT
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Why did you choose TLT’s training contract over any others?

I’d completed vacation schemes and open days with city firms, and felt that they couldn’t offer the involvement in the work and career progression I was looking for. When I found TLT, they really stood out to me.

My interview was relaxed and open, and they were genuinely interested in me and how I saw my career progressing. I felt right at home. Best of all, TLT could offer high quality work, in an atmosphere that is more personal with a good team attitude.

How much responsibility did you take on during the training contract?

We were given real responsibility early on - you could definitely put your stamp on the work. Trainees work alongside partners and senior associates, and there’s a lot of exposure to clients available.

I could be talking to clients every day, and handled my case load independently but with support. I was included in a range of projects such as drafting key documents on a large scale housing development in London, and a shareholders agreement for a national sports body. 

I was seconded from the firm to a key client for several months, and even represented clients in court hearings, which was great experience. There really was a variety of work, and I’ve taken away so many valuable skills.

What support and training did you have? 

There’s a lot of support and guidance from everyone in the company, they’re all friendly and approachable. Each seat begins and ends with a review that explores your strengths and weaknesses, and to set objectives with your supervisor to help your development.

The firm also puts on courses and training, like soft skills training, or seminars that give you an introduction into all the areas of the business and how they work.

How has the training contract impacted you?

Every seat of my training contract was enjoyable, and I feel the wide selection of areas complimented each other. I was able to explore my options and discover what I wanted to do. And the transition from trainee to qualified solicitor was made so much easier because TLT gave me clear direction.

Towards the end of my final seat, we had an open discussion about the upcoming opportunities, and what I hoped for my future. I was well prepared for what would come after qualification.

What would you say to someone who may be considering a training contract with TLT?

It’s a great group of people and there’s no particular mould you have to fit. Everyone comes from different backgrounds, and everyone has a different reason for joining. If you want to get involved in some really interesting work, with a great team and a good amount of responsibility, then you couldn’t choose a better firm than TLT.

Do you like the sound of a training contract with early responsibility and exciting progression opportunities? Visit TLT's website to find out more about trainee life, and apply for one of their vacation schemes or training contract.

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