Welcome to a Career at Attwells
Attwells Solicitors’ progression can only be achieved by assembling a talented team, capable of personal development and who aspire for a positive approach to the future.
Attwells approach is that if you share our values then we can help you to develop and provide career progression within a relaxed and diverse team orientated working environment. Our Values are:
- Personal: Becoming a trusted friend to your clients and caring about your colleagues
- Professional: Being an expert in what you do, honest, well-mannered and doing what you say you will do.
- Progressive: Learning from feedback, being open to new ideas and celebrating diversity and difference.
- Positive: A “can-do” approach, promoting Attwells and enjoying your work.
Attwells purpose is about breaking down barriers to the law and in the context of careers this is about removing the social barriers to becoming a lawyer so as to ensure we have the best talent regardless of background. We would invite you to read the stories of the individuals below:
Qualifications: Degree in Law, Currently working towards her Diploma in Conveyancing Law - Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC)
Holly is a conveyancer who manages a case load of residential property transactions, including new builds, help to buy schemes, shared ownership properties and much more. She has worked at Attwells for nearly three years, after graduating from University of Bristol in 2017. Holly began her path into conveyancing in 2011 during a high school work experience programme, spending one week at Attwells getting a flavour of the legal profession.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why did you pursue a legal career? Holly said “I always wanted to work in law and this interest was developed further in my work experience placements”.
How did you choose where to work? Holly said “I wanted to work somewhere that I fitted in and loved the people. I searched for current vacancies using one of a number of recruitment agents. “
What is being a Conveyancer at Attwells like? Holly said “No one day is the same. I deal with client emails and phone calls. I progress my cases forward as quickly as possible and spend a lot of time on the phone talking to a number of parties.”
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the CLC course? Holly said “A law degree gave me a well – rounded knowledge of different areas of law and allowed me to get an idea as to what I would be interested in. Unfortunately it does take time and you leave with student debt. Following the degree I completed the CLC conveyancing diploma, which allowed me to specialise in the area I enjoyed.”
What advice would you give to aspiring lawyers trying to break into the profession? Holly said “Try different areas of law, work experience was vital to me understanding what the law is like in practice. I completed work experience at Attwells, Baker Gotelee, Ross Coates and Pretty’s. When you are on work experience you can complete tasks, such as working on reception, sitting in on client meetings, reviewing files, general admin and shadowing. It allows you to experience what it would be like to work in the legal profession. The skills I find most useful in my current role are my memory, speed, ability to follow processes and client communication skills. If I could go back and speak to my younger self I would tell them to be more confident, enjoy yourself and not to worry about other people just focus on yourself. “
Qualifications: Working towards her Diploma in Conveyancing Law - Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC)
Charlotte is a conveyancer who manages a case load of residential property transactions, including new builds, help to buy schemes, shared ownership properties and much more. She has worked at Attwells for nearly five years. Before deciding to change career, Charlotte worked in the fitness industry. She was a personal trainer, then fitness instructor and group fitness instructor.
Charlotte began her legal career at Attwells, working in the post-completion department as an administration clerk and then as a conveyancing assistant. Since then she has progressed to managing her own case load and has completed up to Level 4 of the Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why did you pursue a legal career? Charlotte said “I have always had an interest in law, my star sign is Scorpio and we make great detectives. My role as a personal trainer was not quite challenging enough for me in this area. “
How did you choose where to work? Charlotte said “I researched a lot of firms in Ipswich and the surrounding area, I looked specifically for firms that dealt with conveyancing and had a good reputation in the local area for conveyancing, as I knew I wanted to do property law.”
What is being a Conveyancer at Attwells like? Charlotte said “A typical day includes reviewing property documents including title deeds, raising and dealing with legal questions, speaking with clients, solicitors and estate agents. I love the fact that there is always something different to do. My favourite part of the process is calling the client to let them know they can pick up their keys and move into their new home.”
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the CLC course? Charlotte said “The CLC can be paid for by the firm you work with and I think it is fantastic, Attwells offer this. You also can earn a wage while studying. However it is hard work sometimes you have to go home and study in the evening and weekends. As I did not have any background in law when I started I had to learn everything.
What advice would you give to aspiring lawyers trying to break into the profession? Charlotte said “Always show willing to learn, the law is constantly changing so the learning never ends. The skill I found most useful is learning how to break down complicated law into ways clients will understand and being able to use this information on a practical level. If I could go back and speak to my younger self I would tell them to not be scared of doing what pleases you most, even if that means taking a risk. “
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Qualifications: Diploma in Conveyancing Law - Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC)
Laura is one of the six Partners at Attwells and runs the referred conveyancing department at the Ipswich office.
She began her career in law 20 years ago as a secretary after completing a secretarial diploma at college. Laura remained with Attwells’ founder Nick Attwell when he formed his firm in 2007. While working at Attwells she became a paralegal and completed her Conveyancing qualification. She has since progressed all the way to Partner.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why did you pursue a legal career? Laura said: “To be honest, I fell into it – I was on work experience during my secretarial college courses and I was offered a job off the back of this. Actually becoming a qualified Conveyancer, and then partner at a firm, was never something I thought I could pursue as I had not been to university.”
How did you choose where to work? Laura said: “My college tutor helped with work experience and companies in the area. I would recommend using school or college career advisers. It is important to choose a company where the culture suits you – which is why work experience is important not just to put on your CV. Attwells has a modern forward-thinking culture, which was miles away from the visions of what “traditional” solicitors are. It creates a working environment with opportunities for everyone.”
What is being a Partner at Attwells like? Laura said: “A typical day is varied and challenging – you could say there is no typical day. You get to speak to many different people from many different places. The best parts of my role are helping staff members to learn and progress, as well as building and maintaining business relationships with estate agents.”
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the CLC course? Laura said: “The CLC course specialises in conveyancing and makes you an expert in this field, which is what I wanted to do. It allows you to progress equally along with solicitors and other legal professionals, without the mountains of university debt and other fees. Some firms, including Attwells, will pay for the cost of the course while you work.
“However, it is a specialist area as opposed to some of the other routes into the legal profession. It focuses on one area of law and limits your legal career to one field.”
For more information see the CLC website https://www.clc-uk.org/regulation/become-a-licensed-conveyancer
What advice would you give to aspiring lawyers trying to break into the profession? Laura said: “There are so many routes to choose from, make sure you look at all your options. Ensure you pick a firm that gives opportunities to everyone, regardless of qualifications – nothing is beyond anyone. You can’t beat the practical day-to-day knowledge of learning on the job. This comes from experience and practice, so put yourself out there.
“If I could go back in time and meet my younger self, I would tell them to get qualified quicker. And also, waitressing is not for you!”
Qualifications: Degree in Law / Legal Practice Certificate (LPC)
Lloyd is one of the six Partners at Attwells and runs the Employment Law department from the Colchester Office.
He began his legal career at Attwells 10 years ago, starting as a Junior Paralegal, after graduating from the University of Essex and becoming the first person in his family to enter into further education. He has since completed his training contract and qualified as a solicitor. He then moved up the ladder, becoming an associate, senior associate and then Partner.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why did you pursue a legal career? Lloyd said “I wanted to work in adversarial law from a young age. I was always very good at arguing! “
How did you choose where to work? Lloyd said “It is important to consider a number of factors including locality, identity and opportunities for career progression. The culture and people in the firm are also important. You should be able to be yourself.”
What is being a Partner at Attwells like? Lloyd said “A typical day will include replying to and drafting emails, letters and calls from/to clients, Courts and other Solicitors. I regularly conduct client meetings and appear at the Employment Tribunal, representing my clients. As a partner I also have overall management responsibility for the firm. The best parts of my role are the autonomy, business generation and flexibility.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the LPC course? Lloyd said “It is quicker than some other routes and allows learning different areas of law. However, it is often stressful and very expensive. It is not always accessible to those without financial backing due to the high fees. “
More information on this course can be found on the solicitor’s regulation authority website. https://www.sra.org.uk/students/lpc/.
What advice would you give to aspiring lawyers trying to break into the profession? Lloyd said “Don’t give up and if you really want it, go and get it. The skills that are important in my current role include dedication, tenacity and people skills. Being a good communicator and not letting people down by being honest with them are fundamental to being a lawyer. If I could go back in time and meet my younger self I would tell him to keep their chin up and not to stress too much - you will get to where you want to.”
To encourage access to the profession Attwells have identified the following different pathways to being a qualified lawyer at Attwells:
If you want to experience a medium-sized law firm that specialises in property Attwells’ Work Experience Programme will give you a “look inside” a law firm and test your personal skills to see if they are a good fit as an Attwells lawyer. Feedback will be provided. To find out more about Attwells’ Work Experience please click on the link.