When I started my training contract I was looking for a new challenge, and Birketts certainly did not disappoint! I began in the Commercial Litigation Team, and after a quick and fairly informal induction process, I was immediately given files to work on. Within a week of starting I was taken to my first client meeting, and shortly after I was asked to attend my first court hearing with one of the other trainees. The work has been fantastically varied, which means that there is rarely a dull moment.

The firm is very active in marketing itself on both a local and national scale, and trainees are really encouraged to get involved with networking events. A particular highlight for me so far was an evening event held at JD Classics' showroom, which houses  an enormous collection of mint condition classic cars, including my personal favourite - an Aston Martin DB5.

Obviously there are also plenty of chances to socialise. The firm-wide Summer Party was held shortly after I started my training contract, and the firm has an annual quiz held at Ipswich Town Football Club every April. I have also been asked to play for the Chelmsford office football team, with the promise of the Birketts cricket team reforming again next summer to play other professional firms in the area.

If you are looking for a challenge, a sociable atmosphere and some real variation in the work you do as a trainee, then Birketts is an excellent choice for a training contacts.