Piers joined Barrett & Co in August 2018 as the Commercial department’s Legal Support Assistant before becoming a trainee solicitor in December 2018. He studied Law at Reading University graduating in 2017 before completing the LPC along with a Master’s in Law & Business, where he obtained a Commendation.
Piers has worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau for several years and has gained an insight into the many problems faced by people in their attempt to seek legal advice and justice. Piers’ first seat is in the Commercial department as he begins his journey to qualification in 2020.
Piers is an avid supporter of Tottenham Hotspur and a keen follower of Esports in general. He lives in Henley and enjoys the many opportunities for long walks with his two dogs and spending time with family and friends.
What time do you start?
I try to arrive at the office by 8:30-8:45 to prepare for the day ahead although this doesn’t always go to plan…
What do you do day-to-day?
Currently I am working in the Property and Commercial Department in my first seat and so this provides a very wide scope of potential work. Ranging from handling new enquiries and quotes to reviewing/registering key documents before an impending deadline!
Do you see clients?
Yes, although this is usually either by email or phone exchange, my face to face client contact occurs primarily when in attendance at meetings or with new enquiries.
What practice area are you working in?
Currently I am working in the Property and Commercial Department in my first seat. I also help out with Conveyancing new enquiries when needed.
What practice areas have you been working in?
Having only just started my training contract in December of last year, this seat is all I know. I am looking forward to the other seats and what different experiences I will have.
What is the office like?
Our office is very welcoming and full of friendly faces. The size of the firm allows us trainees to be given responsibility right from the start and enables us to form close ties to all the other departments.
How many people do you work with?
My department currently has 4 fee earners (both solicitors and legal executives), 2 trainees, 1 conveyancing assistant and 2 legal support assistants: totalling 9 people.
How does work compare to your legal studies at university?
At university the law can sometimes appear a little dry and stuck in statute or textbooks. Only to be referred to with the correct citation or reference….
Fortunately, in practice there is far more to it and although of course, the black letter law is the foundation of any advice given to clients, or any argument being made, the sometimes harsh realities of life such as costs, deadlines and others will all factor into a client’s advice and instructions.
What is the best thing about being a trainee?
The variety of work and the insight with which, as a trainee, you are able to get from a matter is vast in comparison to say, a legal support assistant, as you will likely see the file progress from start to finish. You can really get a feeling of accomplishment and know that you have had an impact.
What is the worst thing about being a trainee?
The worst thing is being put on the spot, either by a client or otherside’s solicitor, on an issue that you aren’t completely familiar or certain. Client’s can be very anxious and stressed with some matters and some solicitors aren’t very sympathetic with us trainees!
Would you recommend a career in law?
Definitely. Although it is a tough job, with a lot of responsibility and pressure, it is also very rewarding. The work available is incredibly wide in scope and scale so there will rarely be a dull day in the office.