Our Trainees

 

  • Lorna Sleave
  • Mary  Liu

Lorna Sleave - Associate

“I joined Stevens & Bolton LLP (S&B) in September 2014 having first studied an English degree at Exeter University and then later converted to law.  Despite not originally studying law at university, I always had an interest in pursuing a legal career and began applying for vacation schemes during my final year at university.  I successfully applied for a vacation scheme at S&B in 2012 whilst studying the GDL at the University of Law in Guildford and had the opportunity to spend a week at the firm sitting in the dispute resolution department.  During the week I met a wide variety of lawyers from all sectors at S&B, got involved in different types of work and was really made to feel part of the firm.  I also particularly enjoyed the assessment tasks we were given during the week which gave an insight into the type of work that you could get involved in as a trainee.  I was really impressed by the structure of the scheme, which had the right balance between timetabled sessions whilst still allowing you to spend time working in the office.  The friendly environment of the firm combined with the high quality of work made me feel that I could really fit in as a trainee and enjoy my training contract here.  

I wanted to train at a firm that would give me exposure to corporate clients and large-value deals, whilst still having real client contact and responsibility.  This is certainly something I have experienced so far during my training contract, and being part of a smaller number of trainees at the firm helped me to settle in easily when I joined.  During my training one thing I have really valued is that in all of my seats, everyone has really tried to involve me in a wide range of work, including larger transactions, so I have experienced interesting work that has been both enjoyable and challenging.”

2014

Trainee Solicitor, Stevens & Bolton LLP

2011

BA English, University of Exeter

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"I started my training contract with Stevens & Bolton LLP (S&B) in September 2015. I read history at the University of York before going on to do the GDL and the LPC. Notwithstanding my undergraduate degree, I always had an interest in pursuing a career in law. It was important that I was able to find a firm which offered a combination of challenging work and first-rate supervision. In my final year at York, I successfully applied for the S&B summer vacation scheme and had the opportunity to spend a week with the real estate department. During the week, I was exposed to real trainee work and had the opportunity to meet lawyers from across the firm. Through an assortment of seminars and networking events, it soon became apparent that S&B was the place for me.

My training contract has flown by and I'm due to qualify in September 2017 having sat in commercial, corporate, intellectual property and private wealth & family. I've also been fortunate to have had the opportunity to go on a client-secondment for four months. This was an invaluable experience and has given me the confidence to take on more responsibility and make important decisions.

S&B prides itself on being able to offer a high quality of work in a warm and supportive environment. The training has been excellent and the work has been stimulating and challenging. I've thoroughly enjoyed my training contract so far and I'm looking forward to continuing my development."

2015

Trainee Solicitor, Stevens & Bolton LLP

Mary Liu - Trainee

"I started my training contract with S&B in September 2016 after studying law at University College London. During my degree, I became interested in the intellectual challenges of a career in law and sought out a variety of experiences which broadened my understanding of the career. I worked in a range of environments including a local authority legal department, an in-house legal team at a financial services company and in law firms on vacation scheme placements and as a paralegal. From these experiences, I knew that my key criteria for a training contract were high quality work, a supportive working culture, and excellent client exposure - so far, S&B has hit all three and more.

I am currently in my second seat, sat with the Banking, Restructuring and Insolvency team, working on an interesting mix of insolvency and banking work and regularly working directly with partners and senior associates. My first seat was in the Corporate department where I worked on a number of large corporate deals on both the buyer and the seller side. This was often as part of a small team and I was therefore able to get involved with all aspects of a deal and attend numerous client meetings where I gained valuable direct client contact.

Training at S&B has given me the opportunity to really develop my legal skills whilst working alongside people who are invested in maximising my exposure to high quality work and giving me real responsibility. Being part of a small intake, often as one of only a few trainees in a department, I've been able to get fully immersed in a variety of work and the firm as a whole. I've felt valued as part of the team with everyone I've worked with and I'm looking forward to completing the rest of my training contract at the firm."

2016

Trainee Solicitor, Stevens & Bolton LLP

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