Tom Eyles

Legal Placement

DATE PUBLISHED: 23 Oct 2023 LAST UPDATED: 24 Jan 2024

My experience as a Legal Placement at Ellis Jones

Why Ellis Jones?

There is no better way to lay the foundation for which your career is to be built upon than a Legal Placement at Ellis Jones. The way practical experience accelerates and broadens your context and understanding of the legal world cannot be understated. Working in a personable law firm is incredibly advantageous; Ellis Jones imposes great significance on your personal development, ensuring you aren’t merely a small cog in a big wheel. Ellis Jones want you to fulfil your own self-interests whilst feeling heavily involved within the quality work they do as a pillar of the legal community in the south of England.

The Ellis Jones core values perfectly embody my experience with the firm. These are building strong relationships, providing mutual trust and support, taking responsibility and creating a positive working environment.

My experience so far

I am currently based between the Business Services and Employment departments, with the versatile nature of working across two departments allowing me to learn and develop as a person and professional. In Business Services I predominantly assist in transactional work having been involved in the sale and purchase of various businesses and all the moving pieces that accompany such a process. An extremely rewarding moment presented itself when a client left a Google Review upon the sale of his business, a transaction that I found myself engrossed in since my very first month with the firm:

“I have just completed on the sale of my business using Ellis Jones. Neil Cook and Tom Eyles were extremely professional and helpful throughout the transaction. I could not be happier with their service and would not hesitate to highly recommend them.”

My Employment work primarily consists of taking new enquiries, whilst setting up and assisting with the management of files. Further opportunities have arisen to attend an Employment Tribunal and – in both departments – attend meetings with clients, beneficial to the development of interpersonal skills and allowing me to feel integrated into the firm’s culture. The nature of my work continues to challenge me, is fundamental to my professional growth and makes the job extremely fulfilling, further incentivising me to strive towards a career in law. The legal industry is renowned for having a high ceiling and that applies to your placement year too, you will get out what you are willing to put in.

In applying for a placement, do remember – although important – that grades do not carry all of the weight and that law is a heavily people-based industry. To be professional with personality is essential during the application process. There are plenty of traits that distinguish you from other candidates, don’t hesitate to showcase these!

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