DIY addict. Fire-breather. Artist and yogi. Meet trainee solicitor Natalie Coll.
Since she started with Ledingham Chalmers as a trainee in 2017, Natalie’s fast established herself as a trusted advisor for clients working with our private client, commercial property and litigation teams.
But as well as her professional accomplishments, she’s as much at home working on her new house in the Highlands, as she is painting and drawing, or even taking part in the firm’s weekly yoga practice.
We caught up with her to find out more. And remember, if a career at Ledingham Chalmers sounds like your kind of thing, we’re now accepting applications for our 2019 traineeship.
What brought you to study law?
It was a difficult decision between studying law or going to art school. I ultimately realised it’s working with people that really interests me, which led me to me specialise in private client work.
Tell us something surprising that people wouldn’t know about you
I can breathe fire! In my final year at school, I took part in a circus parade and performance as a fire dancer and fire breather.
What do you do in your spare time?
I’ve always been a very creative person and love to paint and draw. Plus, having recently bought a house, I’ve developed what can best be described as an obsession with fixing things and DIY. You’ll rarely see me these days without a staple gun, screwdriver, or silicone gun in hand!
What’s your proudest career moment?
So far it’s been winning the Thomson Reuters Best Student in Company Law prize at university. It’s right up there with securing a newly qualified position in my chosen specialism, private client.
What do you like best about your job?
First of all, I have made some lifelong friendships here at Ledingham Chalmers. I also enjoy the direct client contact and with regular changes to the law, there’s always something new to learn and pass on.
Working at a firm with the spread of offices Ledingham Chalmers has, I have the chance to work close to my new home up north. I’m grateful for the flexibility this has given me not only on a work-related level, but also from a personal perspective.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Take a step back and evaluate in everything you do.