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Meet the Trainee Final Chapter! Danielle Screen shares her insights

As the submission deadline for our Trainee Programme approaches, gain valuable insights from Danielle Screen in the final instalment of our Meet the Trainee series. Discover Danielle's journey of fulfilling her lifelong ambition to work in the legal profession and her experience of working and learning with Hughes Paddison.

What drew me to the firm?

Having grown up in Cheltenham and attending University locally I had heard a lot of positive reviews of Hughes Paddison, so when exploring opportunities locally it became an obvious choice. After my first interview I sensed that the firm genuinely invested in its staff, that individual care mattered and it felt like an environment that I would be comfortable in which made the decision to accept a role at the firm an easy one.  

Why pursue a legal career?

By the age of 10, I knew that a career in law was my calling. Despite completing my undergrad and LPC, I decided to gain experience in an office environment first before tackling the job of looking for a training contract. Working in the property department of a SIPP provider in Bristol for two years clarified that I still wanted to pursue my career as a solicitor. Eager to dive back into law and return close to home, I started looking for roles within law firms.

The advantage of being a paralegal before starting training

My time as a paralegal before my training contract has proven invaluable. It allowed me to settle into the firm, understand the workings of Hughes Paddison, and feel comfortable in my role. I highly recommend that anyone embarking on a training contract considers a stint as a paralegal at their firm. It makes the transition much less daunting when you're already familiar with the firm's dynamics.

With the Trainee Programme deadline on March 1, 2024, approaching, Danielle's experience highlights the benefits of pursuing your legal career with Hughes Paddison. Submit your application now and be part of a supportive legal environment that values your growth and aspirations. Join us on this fulfilling journey!

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