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    Jess Dutton

    I started working at Awdry Bailey & Douglas on the 13th July 2014; the week that I graduated from university.

    I initially started working in the Chippenham office as a legal secretary in the conveyancing department and this is where I gained a real interest in property transactions. Within three months, I was promoted to the role of a legal assistant. 

    By March 2015, I was offered the opportunity to become a fee earner and I gradually began taking on my own case load of files. Weekly training sessions and close supervision of my files assisted me with gaining the knowledge and skills required for this role. 

    In July 2016, I was fortunate enough to be awarded a training contract with the opportunity to study the Legal Practice Course part time alongside; meaning that I could complete my studies and training within two years as opposed to three or four. I am aiming to qualify in November 2018. 

    I did not have any previous legal work experience before applying to Awdry Bailey & Douglas, nor had I completed the Legal Practice Course and I was concerned that this would stagger my progression and ability to obtain a training contract; but I am an example that this is simply not the case.  

    I was advised in my initial interview that as long as you work hard, your work will be acknowledged and rewarded. Awdry Bailey & Douglas have been true to their word ever since. 

    I truly believe that I would not have been able to excel in my career as I have done so far without the guidance, assistance, supervision and training that Awdry Bailey & Douglas have provided me with. The unfailing support from the team in Chippenham has also played a huge part in making my career progression possible and enjoyable. 

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