Name: Ailsa Charlton
Role: First year trainee
Educational background: BA in Sociology at Durham University, GDL and LPC at Northumbria University.
Current seat: Commercial Property
What made you apply to Mincoffs Solicitors? I applied for the vacation scheme because I was interested in the commercial aspects and growth of the firm. Their mixed client base of regional and national clients appealed to me as a great opportunity to train. I had also heard it was a really friendly firm to work for and train in.
What has been your favourite part of your training so far? It would have to be the people and the teams I have worked with. There is a real team mentality throughout the firm. I’ve also enjoyed working with clients directly from day one and being given the responsibility to do so. As a Trainee you are involved with big client transactions at the very start; this is great exposure.
What advice would you give to future trainees? Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
Name: Jordan Down
Role: Second year trainee
Educational Background: Law LLB at Newcastle University, LPC at Northumbria University
Current seat: Commercial Litigation
What made you apply to Mincoffs? Mincoffs stood out to me as an exciting, fast-growing firm with a brilliant reputation and a clear vision for its future. I took part in the firms vacation scheme and I was delighted to find that all the staff I encountered were friendly and down-to-earth. It was refreshing to see that Mincoffs was not stagnating like some of its competitors and I spotted a chance for me to grow alongside the firm and join in its progression. I was also excited by Mincoffs preference for promoting from within, with many of the partners of the firm having joined as Trainees or NQ’s. The biggest factor for me was that Mincoffs generally recruits a lower amount of Trainees than its competitors. This means more one-to-one training and more direct contact with partners. I preferred the idea of being an integral part of a team and a firm rather than simply a face in the crowd of trainees.
What has been your favourite part of your training so far? I’ve found the flexibility of Mincoffs training process to be quite unique compared to other firms. The firm will listen to your career ambitions and will, where able, allow you to be more flexible in your seat-choices and length of stay in each seat. This has allowed me to focus more on the areas of practice I am interested in. As one of only a handful of trainees, it’s reassuring to feel that the firm genuinely cares about my career progression and does not see its Trainees simply as assets to be placed in the department that is busiest.
What advice would you give to future trainees? Be clear with the firm about where you want to be by the end of your training contract. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or not know the answer to a question – you’re here to learn! Finally, be friendly! The stereotype of the uppity grumpy lawyer is just that – a stereotype!