As much as social media can give an insight into the Company and how it works it’s even better when some of our fantastic team members are happy to share their thoughts and experiences. We’re starting a new series where you have the opportunity to really get to know the Company and the people who work here by meeting the team almost first hand!
Who are you and what do you do?
I am currently a paralegal within the Property Dispute Resolution team and joined the firm in October 2018. Having completed the LPC and gained several years of experience at another commercial firm in Cardiff, I moved to Geldards to obtain experience in a litigation focused role that aligned with my interest in property. Through the course of this blog, I intend to share with you the nature of my role and provide insight into life at Geldards.
My day to day role focuses on commercial lease renewal proceedings, whether it be pre-action correspondence or assisting the solicitors in the team with compliance with Court Directions. The Partners in the team will also delegate more complex tasks relating to adverse possession, trespass, and other neighbouring disputes. These matters sometimes involve issues faced by individuals rather than businesses, allowing a wider experience. In addition, there is some overlap with private client work and other departments, for example, where a property is the most substantial asset in a contentious probate dispute.
As you expect, liaising with clients and third parties in writing or by telephone forms a large part of my day to day role. There are frequent client facing opportunities, whether it be through meetings, at mediations and occasionally at networking events. The Partners are keen for junior members of staff to attend these events in order to maximise personal development. My role also incorporates research based tasks and provides opportunities to understand wider commercial factors which play a part in a client’s circumstances.
What’s a normal day for you?
I usually arrive at the office early to catch up on any emails that have come in overnight and to review my tasks to prepare for the day ahead. No two days at Geldards are the same, so planning ahead helps improve my productivity throughout the day. There are occasional late nights, especially leading up to a trial, but most days, I can be out of the office and heading to the gym by 5.
How do you find working at Geldards?
When starting a new role, I think it is natural to expect a friendly environment and I certainly did having researched the firm beforehand, but Geldards completely surpassed my expectations. I was made to feel extremely welcome and felt like a valued member of the team from the outset, embracing the firms ethos of being open and friendly. This applied within my team and the wider firm making the culture at Geldards my favourite aspect of the firm.
I am still surprised at the level of responsibility given to me and the recognition I received from my contributions to the team. Believe me, a simple “thank you” or “well done” at the end of the day goes a long way in terms of motivation!
A lot is said about work life balance – how do you find it personally?
On the social side of things, there is always something happening at Geldards. Based in the centre of Cardiff, it’s easy to catch up over lunch with friends within the firm. In a wider sense, as a member of the Social and Sports Committee, I help to organise and participate in firm wide events. These events provide great opportunities to connect with people in the firm I would not see on an average day. Examples of recent events include the annual Geldards Quiz, Touch Rugby, Summer Drinks in the boardrooms, and the Summer Ball! Looking ahead, we have the End of Financial Year Breakfast, several Geldards organised “InTouch” networking opportunities and lots more to be excited about!
In summary, Geldards ticks all the boxes for me due to the variety of work, level of responsibility provided and opportunities for personal development, all complimented by a welcoming culture that prioritises a great work-life balance!