Lily Hedgman: Trainee in the medical negligence department
I was drawn to applying for a training contract at Leigh Day because I wanted to work for a law firm that was committed to providing access to justice for all. It struck me that when I would read up on an interesting case that I had heard about in the news, more often than not I discovered it was a Leigh Day solicitor who had been instructed by the claimant. I was excited by the prospect of working for a firm that was not only helping individuals with their particular case, but was actively taking on ground-breaking work that could change the legal landscape moving forward for many vulnerable people in similar situations.
I am now three months in to my first seat in the clinical negligence department. I have been given a huge variety of work to get stuck into, from drafting instructions, undertaking legal research, and preparing for an inquest. I have also been able to meet clients and attend conferences with counsel and experts.
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Alongside working on cases with my supervisor, I’ve also been able to get involved with fundraising events for three different charities. This has been a great way to get to know people both in my immediate department and in the firm as a whole. Everyone I’ve met has been so welcoming, helpful and clearly passionate about the ethos of the firm. This makes for an incredibly inspiring work environment and I would encourage anyone who shares a commitment to claimant law to consider applying to Leigh Day.