Name: Annie Armstrong

Firm: Addleshaw Goddard

Position: Solicitor Apprentice

Degree: Currently studying part time for an LLB (Hons) Legal Practice

University: BPP

Hobbies: I play for my local rounders team!

Current department: Real Estate

Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?

I decided to pursue a career in the legal industry after enjoying the subject at college. I completed a paralegal apprenticeship with AG and when they offered me a job as a solicitor apprentice – I jumped at the chance! I loved the work I was doing as a paralegal so I was just as keen to progress onto more complex work and become qualified.

What were the biggest challenges you faced?

Being given quite a lot of responsibility early on. As I started as a paralegal apprentice I had come straight from doing my A-levels at college and had no experience working in a professional environment – and certainly no experience of what working in a commercial law firm entailed.

What was the toughest interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer?

I have been asked some quite deal specific questions while sat opposite the person who dealt with the matter – quite challenging mentally!

Tell us a bit about the type of work handled by the department you’re in at the moment…

I am currently in the real estate department within the Transaction Services Team. At the moment I am working on large scale project which involves the transfer of around 8,000 properties. The work on this particular project is varied as it involved drafting licences to assign as well as adverse possession claims.

What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?

As a solicitor apprentice, I study towards my degree one day a week. I enjoy doing this as I am able to put what I learn at BPP into practice at work. It makes the thought of studying much more worthwhile as I can see the direct benefits of what I am learning and I am able to apply my knowledge in my day to day tasks.

What about your job didn’t you expect before you started?

If you touch enough old property deeds – you will get ill!

Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about?

The most recent email in my inbox is from a colleague, a senior paralegal. It relates to 17 SDLT returns that I have drafted and my colleague has checked.

Where’s the best place to go to get your office’s gossip?

After every social event the kitchen is always rife with gossip!

Describe your training partner / partner in three words.

Wise, mathematical and organised

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).

I collect comic books.

There’s an advent calendar on my desk. 

At my previous job I was robbed at knife point!

If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?

Pilot!

What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in law?

Try it out first – get some work experience, shadowing or attend open days to get a better idea of the type of work you would be interested in and what kind of law firm would suit you.