A remote training contract after 11 years in another career – a unique path to law

Rowlinsons Solicitors recently announced that Nicky Jones has completed her legal training and has qualified as a solicitor, joining their Commercial Property team. Nicky’s path to this position was, however, unorthodox.

“My first career was with in the Criminal Justice Service as a Youth Offending Officer,” said Nicky. “I managed a cohort of young offenders, who were often vulnerable themselves, in the community, in custody, in the police station and in court.”

Having built a career as a Youth Offending Officer and a Court Officer, Nicky made the decision to pursue qualification as a solicitor.

“After 11 years of doing work, some of which was congruent to that of a solicitor, I decided to take the leap and study law. I had always admired the profession.”

Nicky started her two-year training contract with Rowlinsons in 2020 and previously completed the Legal Practice Course in June 2019. Speaking after her qualification, Nicky said:

“The last two years have been fantastic and also challenging. Working remotely whilst undertaking a training contract is not ideal, but the support I received from the firm was outstanding. My colleagues were always on hand to provide advice and assistance. I would particularly like to thank Mike Daly for sharing his expertise and experience in all aspects of property law.”

Within the Commercial Property department at Rowlinsons, Nicky will work with individual and corporate clients on matters such as lease work, purchases and development of land, landlord and tenant matters and leasehold enfranchisement. During her training Nicky also gained experience in dealing with multi-million pound re-financing for new build development schemes and worked with SIPP Providers to purchase commercial property into pension funds and provide ongoing support.

Director and Head of Property Tom Parkinson commented:

“Congratulations to Nicky on qualifying as a solicitor. Her success is well deserved and is the result of many years of hard work. Having previously worked as a Youth Offending Service Officer and Court Officer Nicky has already shown tremendous commitment to changing her career path as exemplified by her not only securing a distinction on the Legal Practice Course, but also a high commendation on the Graduate Diploma in Law. We’re delighted she has qualified with the firm I wish her the best of luck as she moves forward in the next stage of her career.

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