Karen Edwards Case Study

I got my foot in the door as a secretary, having been made redundant part way through my training contract during the recession. From there I worked hard to make an impact and was offered a new training contract within the year. 

I went from trainee, to a qualified solicitor within the corporate and commercial team. I was promoted to Associate level in 2016 and in July 2021 to Head of the team. I have been given fantastic internal support to get to where I am today and am really getting stuck into my new role. 

My role is really varied.  One day I could be working on a multi-million pound share purchase and the next day, I could be drafting bespoke commercial contracts (I once drafted a horse sharing agreement!) I get the opportunity to work independently or as part of a team. I particularly like the personal side that comes with the job; guiding people through the process of selling a business and having a part to play in allowing them to embark on a new chapter in their lives, is really fulfilling.

I work slightly flexible hours which allows my work to mould around my home life and means I can get my head down and be more productive in the busier periods and equally I can go to the office when I need and want to, and it’s great that facility will always be there. 

The best thing about working at Frettens has to be the people, they are number one for me. I work with a great team, both within my area and in the wider firm. Everyone is friendly and helpful and working in a happy environment can never be underestimated. I also work alongside some incredibly knowledgeable individuals. I have forged some wonderful friendships from my working life and for that I am very grateful. The firm is always looking for ways to support local business and charities, which is important to me.

My advice to someone applying for a position here is…

"Work ethic is really important, so make sure you have that in abundance. We like people who are conscientious and willing to pull their weight. We run a great induction programme and have lots of ongoing training whatever position you apply for, so all the support is there. My tip: do your research. Knowing about the firm you are applying is a must!"

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