Express Solicitors are delighted to announce the promotions of Litigation Executive, Nicole Hackett and Costs Litigation Assistant, Kate Taylor who have both been offered training contracts with the firm. Nicole and Kate will now embark on their two year training contracts with Express Solicitors with the view of qualifying as solicitors in 2018.
Nicole originally joined the Firm’s New Client Team in October 2014 and has since moved to the Road Traffic Accidents Department where she has recently started her Training Contract in September 2016 to become a Solicitor.
When asked what Nicole enjoys most about working in the RTA department at Express Solicitors, Nicole responded: “Within the RTA department we have an excellent team who work very closely together and I love being a part of such a supportive team. Since being promoted from NCT I have had the opportunity to learn lots of different aspects from members of the team with a wide range of experience, and this has helped me to learn to deal with a wide range of cases with differing issues, ensuring that each of my clients gets the best possible service.”
Commenting on her expectations for the next couple years of training at Express Solicitors, Nicole answered: “I came to Express hoping to one day achieve my Training Contract and I am delighted that this has happened just under 2 years from my original start date with the firm. I have had excellent training as Rachel Flannigan’s paralegal and Rachel was kind enough to put a lot of time and effort into training me so far into my current position.”
“I am now very excited to embark upon the further training that my Training Contract will provide, and ultimately qualifying as a solicitor in 2018.”
Pictured above from left: Trainee Solicitor, Kate Taylor, with Partner, Richard Lowery and Trainee Solicitor Nicole Hackett)
In addition Kate originally joined the Firm’s Costs Department in October 2013 and has also recently started her Training Contract in September 2016 to become a Solicitor.
When Kate was questioned as to what she enjoys most about working in the Costs Department at Express Solicitors, Kate replied: “I enjoy the variety of my workload within the costs department. I am fortunate to run a caseload of around 35 cases which gives me valuable exposure to a diverse range of disputes such as standard basis assessment, disbursement disputes and fixed costs disputes. I also draft the larger, more complex formal Bills of Costs for the department and help the budgeting team in their preparation of costs budgets.”
Speaking of her expectations for the next couple years of training at Express Solicitors, Kate commented: “I completed the LPC part-time at Manchester Metropolitan University while working at Express Solicitors and graduated in July 2016 (with the highest score in the year). I was delighted to be offered a training contact immediately after I graduated and am looking forward to developing my career within the firm.”
“I think my Training Contract will challenge me over the next 2 years as I will experience new areas of law such as Personal Injury, MIB Untraced and CICA and further develop my legal skills. I am most anxious (yet excited) about the prospect of attending Court and doing the advocacy at my first hearing.”