I have been with Neves since January 2015, starting in the role of administration assistant, moving to become an assistant in the company commercial department, and I am now an Executive in the dispute resolution team.
Neves have always supported my professional development. I studied for my LPC on a part-time basis, alongside working full-time at Neves and I am now undertaking my qualifying employment to become a Chartered Legal Executive through CILEx.
When I decided to start the LPC my main concern was that I would really struggle to manage my time, but Neves has allowed me the flexibility to be able to focus both on my studies and my work responsibilities.
I feel as though my points of view are considered and taken on board by solicitors and partners alike and that there is not a “them and us” attitude which can be disheartening for a more junior member of staff.
Everyone is extremely friendly and supportive and even working in a rather small department it feels like everyone is on the same page for doing the best we can and providing the best service for clients.
I joined Neves in September 2018 as a trainee solicitor following the completion of my Law degree and LPC. My first seat was in the family department. As a trainee I was given a lot of responsibility and exposure to complex cases, which has been great experience. Both of the partners who supervised me were more than happy to take time out of their day to discuss my work with me and provide regular feedback, which really helped me to develop and learn.
A large proportion of my training was spent in the Family department, complimented by seats in Conveyancing and Dispute resolution. Having experienced working in the matrimonial, conveyancing and dispute resolution teams, I have been able to transfer my knowledge from one department to the next and this has helped me to advise clients where there is a crossover, such as a property transfer arising from a financial order on divorce or making enforcement applications for non-compliance with court orders.
I qualified as a Family Law solicitor on 3rd December 2020 following the successful completion of my training contract. I was delighted to qualify into the family department in December 2020 working under the supervision of Head of Department, Beth Woodward.
Whilst every business has a hierarchy, at Neves I feel you are treated equally regardless of your position at the firm and you really feel that your opinion is valued. I feel that I could phone any person in my address book with a question, regardless of seniority, and they would be more than happy to answer it.
I joined the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Employment team in February 2020 as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal. I soon noticed the collegiate culture of the firm, every single member of staff I encountered was approachable and happy to help despite their seniority.
I only experienced life in the office for a short period of time, before the first lockdown and remote working was introduced. However, the firm ensured that I was comfortable with the case management system and processes. In addition, I did not feel that there were any hierarchical barriers in virtually approaching members of staff across the firm for assistance. The firm and managers in my team were very supportive and cautious of everyone’s wellbeing during lockdown. As a result, they organised a number of firm-wide and office-wide virtual social events which boosted morale. This also helped me build relationships with colleagues I wouldn’t have otherwise met.
My team has been very supportive of my development and understanding of the work carried out within my department, so it has been a great learning environment.