• Rebecca McKenzie
  • 2nd year Trainee Solicitor
  • London

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Rebecca McKenzie

Current seat: Commerical Litigation
University attended: University College of London
Interesting fact: I have a passion for music events management and helped a friend run a stage at Glastonbury festival. Two years ago, Fatboy Slim turned up in a penguin suit!
Irwin Mitchell in three words: determined, pragmatic, innovative

How my previous work experience helped in my role:

Since starting my training contract, I have been able to draw on my experiences from my previous roles. Having some previous experience meant I felt confident in drafting letters to clients or court documents from day one, and am comfortable managing my own files with supervision.

I’ve had some interesting work experience; I’ve been a paralegal at London 2012, an indie record label and River Island. My career so far has taught me that clients want legal knowledge provided commercially, succinctly and efficiently. They want to know how the law applies to their business and they want value for money. I always try to keep this in mind when dealing with clients and working on matters.

“I’ve been given a lot of responsibility, including drafting witness statements, preparing exhibits and working on a complex whistleblowing matter.”

What have you most enjoyed during your training contract?

The rate at which I learned surprised me – I can’t believe how much more confident my drafting is and how quickly I’ve formed an understanding of the law, particularly in areas I had no prior experience in. My supervisors have all been excellent and supportive, and I can’t emphasise enough how important that is. I’ve been given a lot of responsibility, including drafting witness statements, preparing exhibits and working on a complex whistleblowing matter.

How would you recommend preparing for the start of your training contract?

At Irwin Mitchell, we operate a buddy system where we ‘Buddy’ you with an existing trainee. I would recommend future trainees meet up with their buddies as they can be helpful with any informal questions they may have. At Irwin Mitchell we are also keen to get future trainees involved in social events – so it’s worth attending as many of these as possible, so you know a few people on your first day.



Closing Dates:

2017 Legal Work Placements - Now closed

2019 Training contracts only - 30 June 2017

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