Tribunals, time off and toffee pudding — meet trainee solicitor Alanah Mills
Alanah joined Ledingham Chalmers in 2017, but says developing her top-notch negotiating skills started with hard-fought battles round the family dinner table, fighting for a fair-sized portion of dessert (particularly sticky toffee pudding).
She was a summer intern with our firm back in 2015 and, since graduating from the Robert Gordon University with a first class honours degree, has worked with colleagues in the employment law, residential property and litigation teams.
As applications open for our 2019 traineeship, we caught up with Alanah to find out about her role, trainee life, and what keeps her busy in her spare time.
What’s your proudest career moment?
I spent a full year of my traineeship in the employment law department. During this time, I assisted with a number of employment tribunals. One of which consisted of a four-day discrimination hearing in Inverness. Not only was I given a hands-on role in preparing the case beforehand, but I was also given the chance to attend the hearing to assist counsel.
During the hearing, settlement discussions arose and I negotiated the figure between our client and the solicitor on the other side. Within a short period of time, I managed to substantially increase the offer made to our client, which led to a fantastic end result.
What do you like best about your job?
The best thing about being a trainee with Ledingham Chalmers is the people I have worked with. We’re all only human, so working with people who support you — and laugh with you — is hugely motivating and a real perk of the job.
Tell us something surprising that people wouldn’t know about you
I enjoy the adrenaline of a shoe sale as much as the buzz I get from canyoning down rivers and scrambling over tricky Munro ridges.
What do you do in your spare time?
During the summer, you’ll find me waterskiing on Loch Lomond. I spent most of the school holidays as a kid camping at Milarrochy Bay near Glasgow and initially took up the hobby as a way to escape the midges!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
You get what you give: what you put into things is what you get out of them.