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Liana's trainee story

Liana joined Leigh Day as a trainee solicitor in 2012 and undertook seats in International and Group Claims and Human Rights before qualifying into the employment and discrimination team in September 2014.

"Prior to joining Leigh Day, I had worked as a paralegal in small organisations, so the size and profile of Leigh Day was an exciting albeit daunting prospect.  My first seat was in the International and Group Claims department, working mainly on a group product liability claim on behalf of clients who had suffered adverse reactions following hip replacements.  To be honest, it was a steep learning curve for me, not least because the job required technical and medical knowledge. A challenge for someone who had always avoided science!  

For me though, the client contact made it hugely worthwhile and also made me determined to gain the knowledge to help get them compensation they deserved.  

By the time I moved to my second seat working with Chris Benson on employment and discrimination cases in the human rights department, I had settled in to the firm and was really looking forward to working with a new team in a new area of law.

It didn’t disappoint.  The team welcomed me warmly and Chris was soon happy to give me the responsibility of complex discrimination cases and a group equal pay claim, which I managed under his supervision.  It’s a very busy department but help was always on hand when needed, which was quite often!
In September 2014 I qualified in to the same team, which was fantastic, as I was able to continue building on the skills I had already obtained in a supportive environment.  Since qualifying, my confidence in my own professional judgement has gone from strength to strength, due in large part to the confidence Chris has in me.  I’m still learning, but I’ve also come a long way since my first nerve wracking day in September 2012."


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