Years of hard work, studying and exams have paid dividends for the two Wollens solicitors.
Faye said: “Having spent seven years working towards qualifying as a solicitor, it’s exciting that it’s finally here.” She spent three years at Cardiff University and as a paralegal dealing with retrospective NHS continuing healthcare claims before moving to Devon. She has been with Wollens for almost four years and worked as a paralegal in the Family Department while completing her Legal Practice Course.
Faye has completed three seats in Family, Commercial Property and Private Client during her training contract. She says: “It soon became apparent to me during my training contract that the Private Client team is where I could see myself working post qualification.” She officially qualified as part of the Private Client team on Friday November 1.
“I am excited to hit the ground running, although this is where the real work starts. I cover a variety of work within the department: wills, lasting powers of attorney, Court of Protection, probate, etc. but have a particular interest in assisting elderly and vulnerable clients,” says Faye.
Beth started her Wollens career in 2012 as a receptionist. She started studying for her Bachelor of Laws Degree through the Open University. A year later, she joined the Corporate Commercial Department in Dartmouth as a Paralegal and successfully completed her Law Degree. Her role at the time included dealing with various legal transactions, including option agreements, renewable energy contracts, commercial and residential property transactions, business and asset sales/purchases, company acquisitions and advice on complex company matters.
Beth completed her LPC and gained a master’s in law and Business through the University of Law before returning as a then trainee solicitor. Her first seat was in the Family Department, gaining experience in non-accidental injury care. She has also achieved a Bachelor of Law Honours Degree (LLB), a Legal Practice Course and LLM in Law and Business (Master’s Degree).
Beth said “When starting at the firm back in 2012 as a receptionist, I never thought it was possible to be where I am today. The support shown by Wollens throughout the training contract and over the years when working as a paralegal has been fantastic and I am very excited to continue to be a part of the team. Due to my previously experience I always knew the area I wanted to specialise in once qualified and whilst Wollens allowed me to explore other areas as part of the training contract, the focus was always on how to best develop my skills and knowledge in the corporate commercial areas.
Having now joined the corporate commercial team in Exeter, I will be undertaking a wide range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, asset purchases/sales, renewable energy contracts, intercompany agreements and general company commercial advice”.
She still finds time to enjoy rock climbing, horse riding and socialising with family and friends.
Rachel Carter, the Wollens partner in charge of trainee solicitors, said: “Every year we look to recruit dynamic and bright trainees to assist in the progression of the firm. Our trainees are the future lawyers and potentially partners so we invest in them to ensure they are the best they can be.
“Both Faye and Beth have been with Wollens for some time and have now completed their training contracts and qualified as solicitors. This is an exciting time for them, and we look forward having them as part of the team going forward. “