(Pictured above: Recruitment & Training Manager, Luiza da Costa, with Wendy Ferguson and Abigail Perry)
Express Solicitors work closely with a number of educational institutions by participating in mentor schemes run by their law faculties. The objective of the mentor schemes is to enable students’ direct access to a qualified solicitor, who will volunteer their time and support students, giving them general advice on issues such as applying for a training contract, preparing for interviews and life within the legal profession. At Express Solicitors we understand that it is essential for students to gain an insight into the legal practice, know how to build networks, and gain experience as well as self-confidence. We hope that by taking part in such mentor schemes we contribute to helping a number of students achieve this.
Currently there are 23 fee earners/Partners/trainees at Express Solicitors volunteering their time for mentor schemes. The firm has recently hired two previous participants of the mentor scheme who both now have roles in the New Client Team: Wendy Ferguson and Abigail Perry (pictured above).
Abigail Perry studied English Literature at The University of Manchester before completing her GDL and LPC at BPP Manchester Law School. Whilst at BPP, Abigail took part in the mentor scheme for assistance with career choices, job applications and her CV.
When Abigail was asked about her experience of the mentor scheme at Express Solicitors, she commented: “My mentor was really quick to respond when I asked for help with job applications and interview prep.
“He gave me lots of help with interview prep, CV tips, and career choices. He also provided me with a practical insight into practice areas from a career focused perspective -which isn’t ready available from a learning provider careers service.
My mentor gave me a lot of great advice on how to answer commercial style questions which was especially helpful. Generally I had a very good experience of the mentor scheme at Express Solicitors as it was really helpful to ask someone with lots of practical knowledge of law that I had mainly academic knowledge of. I would definitely recommend the mentor scheme at Express Solicitors to anyone currently.”
Wendy Ferguson studied a Film, Television and Radio degree at Staffordshire University before doing her GDL part-time at Manchester Metropolitan University.
She was introduced by Manchester Metropolitan University to Assistant Solicitor at Express, Sarah Fowden, over email and she then arranged to meet Sarah at Express Solicitors for a chat.
When Wendy was asked about her experience of the mentor scheme at Express Solicitors, she commented: “I met with Sarah at Express Solicitors and spent about 40 minutes with her. She helped me with my CV and interview questions and answered my questions about getting into a firm without any law experience.
“Sarah was extremely helpful and patient with me and took time out of her own schedule to answer my many questions. I learnt how to draft my CV for a law firm. She introduced me to Thomas Freestone in HR which led to being offered a week’s placement at the firm. I believe that the mentor scheme, along with my placement at Express enabled me to get a job in the New Client Team.
“I would highly recommend anyone to take part in the mentor scheme as it’s a great way to network and get insight into what a law firm is looking for in potential candidates.”
If you’re interested in taking part in the mentor scheme at Express Solicitors, please send your CV along with a covering letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org