Clarkslegal LLP - Solicitors in Reading and London

Employee Stories

Jacob Montague

Jacob Montague

Position: Trainee Solicitor
Location: Reading

Very few days are the same and within weeks of working here I felt like part of the team. My supervisors have been patient and welcoming, encouraging me to push myself while also giving me a platform to further my legal career.

What was your journey into your current role with Clarkslegal?

I approached a career in law in quite an unorthodox manner. After living abroad for two years while studying portraiture, I returned to London and took up a degree in Fine Art Painting at City and Guilds of London Art School, after which I began work at an art industry start-up. Whilst working in the art world, I quickly became fascinated with the complex negotiations and contracts between the artist, gallery, dealer and owner. I pursued these interests with legal work experience and internships before committing to the GDL and then the LPC, where employment law and litigation quickly became my favourite modules. When I discovered that a paralegal position at Clarkslegal had become available, I jumped at the opportunity to work for a firm synonymous with innovation and which places emphasis on practical business solutions.

Tell us about a typical day in the office

Working in the Business Services Group means that I often have multiple projects on the go. I usually start my mornings by assessing the tasks for the day with an excellent coffee from the café at the top of Thames Tower. Drafting Grounds of Resistance or taking witness statements have been key responsibilities of mine recently and I thoroughly enjoy reading and assessing Tribunal bundles in preparation for preliminary hearings and trials. I am always on hand if urgent research needs to be undertaken and I often end my day by keeping abreast of the latest employment and corporate law updates in preparation for upcoming blogs and articles.

How has Clarkslegal supported you reaching your career goals?

I have always excelled in organisations where teamwork is encouraged and where small, tight-knit, groups afford the best means of learning. The partners at Clarkslegal are always  present, willing to help and offer guidance no matter how small the task or query may be, and I am often asked to sit in on client calls or meetings to further my development. As a paralegal this massively increases my propensity to learn and understand not only the legal framework of a client’s issue but also how to offer the best support. Clarkslegal has allowed me to become an effective paralegal and team member in a short amount of time.

What is the highlight of your career here so far/favourite project?

Given my arts industry background, I have enjoyed each and every opportunity to get creative alongside my paralegal responsibilities. Upon joining Clarkslegal, I was tasked with helping rebrand and relaunch the Forbury People website. I am proud to have had my ideas implemented and to be part of the firm’s cutting-edge and growing HR consultancy.

What do you enjoy most about working at Clarkslegal?

The diversity of projects and the people. Very few days are the same and within weeks of working here I felt like part of the team. My supervisors have been patient and welcoming, encouraging me to push myself while also giving me a platform to further my legal career.

Describe your experience with Clarkslegal using 3 objectives.

Exciting, rewarding, open-minded.