In 2013, I joined Kent Legal Services, now Invicta Law as a legal assistant in the child protection team. I’d always wanted to be a solicitor and in 2014 when a trainee solicitor role came up internally, I went for it. For a year and a half I moved between departments as part of my training contract, gaining an insight into different areas of law. In 2016, at the age of 25, I became a qualified solicitor in the Planning and Highways group.
I enjoy the political aspects of the job and find local government work interesting, as it affects the public. I work mainly on adoption agreements for highways and have also worked at strategic level for developments where contributions are sought in order to mitigate their impact on local schools and libraries, for example.
Invicta’s expanding client base provides opportunities for personal growth and I’ve progressed quickly. I’ve been involved in other projects too, not just legal work: I was recently nominated as a Subject Matter Expert, designing a workflow for my team for our new Case Management System, which has also included training my team, other teams and training my clients. I’m gaining new skills and experience in systems and business development. It’s challenging, but the Heads of Group are supportive, you’re never on your own making big decisions and everybody shares knowledge.
Invicta Law is a highly accredited organisation, so delivering consistent, quality services is at our core. But there’s also the opportunity to expand horizons and try new things. This is not a company for those looking for predictable, plodding work.
Work hard at Invicta Law and you’ll get noticed. In some companies you have to prove yourself for years, but I qualified at 25 years old here and I feel that’s just the beginning of an exciting journey.