Before I started working in the House Builder's team I had no idea how many people move into their new homes just before Christmas during November and December. I quickly realised that my ability to manage my time and prioritise was going to be challenged to a greater degree than it had been so far in my traineeship. It also quickly became apparent that building up a good working relationship with the client was key to performing my role effectively. Furthermore in previous seats I had never had my own files and now I had quite a few which were my sole responsibility. I was going to be carrying out a conveyancing transaction from start to finish, something which I had only learnt about in the Diploma but never done in practice. Overall it was rather daunting at first.
I've now completed my secondment to the House Builder's team and despite the slightly crazy December I had, including having 18 completions in one day, I wasn't looking forward to leaving. As clichéd as it sounds I really enjoyed the challenge which working in this team presented and I've learnt an enormous amount in the couple of months I have worked there. I now understand fully the practicalities of a conveyancing transaction; I've had the opportunity to practice my negotiation skills while forming missives; and my ability to work closely with a client to reach their objectives has been improved enormously. Perhaps most importantly I've learnt a lot more about how I cope in high pressure situations and how I can improve my time management.
The opportunity which Morton Fraser gave me to work in the Glasgow office has been a valuable one. Although it was a little difficult at first I definitely think that working in the House Builder's team has better prepared me for life as a qualified solicitor. I now feel better equipped to deal with matters autonomously and my confidence in dealing with other solicitors and clients has increased greatly.