I’m Georgia Bradley and here is my story…
I graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a law and criminology degree in July 2017. I applied through the university for an internship scheme and began my 6 week placement at Pattersons Commercial Law in January 2018.
Although daunting to start with, I gained valuable experience in the initial 6 week placement and was offered a full time paralegal role at Pattersons Commercial Law to commence at the end of this period. This was an exciting opportunity for me and as the first step in my legal career, I grabbed the opportunity with two hands and have not looked back since.
I worked as a paralegal full time up until September 2018, when I commenced my LPC. I made the decision to tackle the LPC full time in addition to working part time at Pattersons Commercial Law throughout studying my masters. The long nights and early mornings were made easier with the invaluable real life experience I had gained from working in a law firm for 9 months, and my LPC grades did reflect this. The continued support of Pattersons Commercial Law throughout my LPC, especially during exam period further confirmed that my decision to juggle studying and working was the correct one.
Upon completion of the core elements of the LPC I began my training contract with Pattersons Commercial Law in July 2019. When Rik offered me my Training Contract there was an immense sense of achievement in that the hard work that I had put in and dedication I had shown throughout my employment had been recognised and appreciated.
Day 1 of my Training Contract was go go go, and there has been little let off since. I had taken a months leave following the completion of the LPC to give myself time to reflect on what I have achieved to date and my goals going forward, and this helped me on my return to work.
My current seat at Pattersons Commercial Law is based on commercial and corporate client work. Such transactions that I am involved in include, share sales, asset sales, corporate restructures, shareholders agreement and advice in relation to company law. Following the completion of my 6 month seat at Pattersons Commercial Law I will be undertaking a 4 month employment seat. Although this seat will be challenging, I am looking forward to learning new skills and widening my experience in the legal profession.