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Profile of the week

Rachel Wood

Position

I joined Wilsons in October 2013 and I am the newest member. I studied Law and Sociology at Warwick University and then completed the LPC at BPP law school, Holborn.

I have undertaken vacation schemes at a number of law firms and have worked as an immigration and asylum caseworker at Coventry Law Centre. I have also worked for human rights NGO’s including International Justice Mission in the Philippines and Minds For Health in India.

Your Week

I chose Wilsons because the firm has a reputation for excellence, providing high quality advice and most importantly dedication to work that is rooted in principles of fairness and equal access to justice.

During my first week I was introduced to all the members of staff at Wilsons: and everyone was friendly and welcoming. The different departments work closely together to make sure that all our clients’ needs are met.  All of Wilsons: Family attend weekly department meetings which is an opportunity to discuss legal developments and recent case reports.

From the beginning I have been given a lot of responsibility. I have been meeting and taking instructions from a wide variety of clients with differing legal matters, amending statements with clients, drafting position statements and letters, instructing counsel and have dealt with bills, ledgers and research. This is all under the supervision of my supervising solicitor who offers a lot of support and a wealth of knowledge.

It is evident that Wilsons: Family care and understand the needs of their clients. This week I arranged and attended a client home visit with my supervisor. It was important that we saw the client in person so we could talk through their concerns and make sure they understood what was happening with their case. Any litigation can be daunting but knowing that you have someone who will guide you through the process really helps.

In some roles I can be more independent and have visited and taken instructions from clients at detentions centres, child protection conferences and have clerked at a number of court hearings – including hearings in Family proceedings courts in and around London.

Challenges

The on-going training that my supervisor has given me has been excellent and I feel confident that any challenges I do face will be eased by having that support if I need it.

The Future

Wilsons is made up of talented individuals who fight for justice on behalf of their clients and I would love to continue working for a firm that has the same attitude to work as I do. I am looking forward to working on some interesting cases and to achieve successful outcomes for our clients.