Name: Laura Dunlop
Job Title: Trainee Solicitor
Works at: Aberdein Considine based at Justice House, Justice Mill Lane, Aberdeen
Qualifications: Masters in Advocacy (LLM), Diploma in Legal Practice (Dip LP), Law Degree with French (LLB (Hons))
WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE?
I act on behalf of clients in a wide range of civil litigation disputes, from settling boundary disputes between neighbours to recovering debt for companies and raising professional negligence court actions for large banks. My job involves meeting with clients and advising them on the law and legal issues relating to their case; drafting documents, letters and contracts; negotiating with opposing solicitors and other professionals; researching the law and analysing documents and representing them in court, if necessary. My traineeship has been specialised in Dispute Resolution and I had my own caseload from the beginning which means I have gained in-depth experience early in my career.
YOUR JOB’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
The nature of the work I deal with means it is fast-paced and I have to work to strict deadlines. There are times when there is a lot of work on my desk.
BEST THING ABOUT YOUR ROLE?
I really enjoy solving problems that my clients present me with – and it is great to get a result for them. I will often spend time with colleagues discussing tough cases and strategising the best way to move them forward. I also like the variety and researching areas of law that I knew nothing about before. Also, as I am with Aberdein Considine, I get to work with some of the best and most experienced lawyers in Scotland. Being able to call on their knowledge and expertise has been fantastic.
BEST CAREER ADVICE?
Get some work experience. I enjoyed volunteering as a Witness Supporter when I was a student which I found really exciting as it got me into the courts observing real cases and gave me an appetite for court work.
WHAT’S YOUR DREAM?
To become a fully qualified solicitor and climb the career ladder.