Danielle Newton

Danielle Newton

Trainee Solicitor | Ogier Global

What does a typical working day involve?

There’s nothing ‘typical’ about each day – which I think is one of the best things about the legal profession. A career in law requires finding solutions to all manner of queries from clients and I look forward to the challenges I may face each day.

How did you get your job?

My initial role was within Ogier Global as a senior administrator but, after working closely with the legal team on a number of transactions, I made the decision to change career path. With the full support of my director, I interviewed for a paralegal role within the legal funds team and was able to seamlessly transition across to the legal side of the business before starting the training contract. I’m currently working in the Corporate team. 

What motivates you in this role?

My colleagues and the culture they have created here – Ogier is a workplace that not only provides exceptional service to clients but one that encourages and nurtures its people. In my roles within Ogier I have felt valued and respected by colleagues at all levels. Having this support structure in an office environment is refreshing and motivates me to reflect this culture in how I connect with others. 

Are there any future skills you will need to learn for the role?

Too many to comprehend. Ogier is focused on continued learning and I’m fortunate to be surrounded by colleagues who are incredibly skilled at what they do, who I will be able to rely on for my continued development.

I was supported by Ogier through four years of working and studying full time while I completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course. Although I am relieved my exams are now over, I am grateful for a career where I am always learning and continuously able to develop and hone my skills as a lawyer.

What are the three most important skills required for your role?

As well as attention to detail and time-management, a career in law also requires a desire to learn. This is not a profession where days pass by slowly; you’re required to work out solutions and it is important to not only be up to date on legal requirements and regulations but to also be invested in continuously improving your knowledge to offer the best service to clients.

What advice would you give to someone interested in a career in your profession?

Don’t be daunted by the prolonged road to qualifying as a solicitor – the hard work and perseverance through exams culminates in a career that is incredibly rewarding.

Tell us a fun fact

In Switzerland, you’re not allowed to own just one guinea pig, goldfish or parrot. The reason for this is that they’re social species, and they are considered victims of abuse if they aren’t able to regularly interact with others of their species!

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