21st Mar 2019

Building the foundations of a career in property law

Continuing Berwins’ celebration of the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 and 100 years of women in law, property solicitor Charlotte Carroll explains her legal journey. After completing her training contract with the firm, Charlotte qualified as a solicitor in February 2019. She supports commercial clients on a range of property related matters.  

Why did you choose a career in law?

I’d been interested in a legal career for some time, but it was the offer some invaluable work experience at a regional law firm whilst in my final year at University, which inspired me to choose law.

It wasn’t the easiest of decisions – whilst my friends were starting their dream graduate roles in the city, I moved back home with my family and spent two years studying my LPC and GDL full time, working part time within a lettings department of a local estate agents. It was a tough two years juggling my studies and work, however my hard work paid off and I was offered a training contract at Berwins.

What milestones stand out in your legal career?

Finishing my training contract and qualifying as a solicitor in February 2019.

Who has inspired you?

I am lucky to have had strong, determined and powerful role models in my life so far. I won’t name names, however those reading this will know who they are and I am grateful for their support. Being surrounded by people who are not shy of a challenge, even in some difficult situations, has encouraged and inspired me to pursue my career in law.

What does the future hold?

I am very excited to be continuing my career at Berwins within the Commercial Property team as a newly qualified Solicitor.

And finally, what advice would you give to someone looking to start a career in law?

Don’t give up! It is a competitive career and often it is difficult to be awarded a training contract.  Work experience is also a must; not only does it give you a taster of life as a solicitor and whether it is quite what you expected – it definitely isn’t Suits! – but firms appreciate candidates having relevant practical experience.

Charlotte Carroll is a Solicitor in Berwins’ industry accredited Property team.

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