Bethany Giles joined Gardner Leader in 2016 and went on to complete her training with the firm, qualifying February 2021.
We asked one of our newest Solicitors Bethany a series of questions to get to know her better –
Do you have any advice for future trainee solicitors?
Take notes and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Why did you decide to train at Gardner Leader?
I started as an assistant in the conveyancing team at Gardner Leader and I really enjoyed working here. Everyone is so friendly and professional so I was keen to develop my career here as I knew I would get the support and help I needed.
Why did you decide to study law?
My college offered an A-level law course which looked really interesting but it did intimidate me a bit. However the teachers encouraged me to try it and I loved it so it lead to me enrolling at university to do a law degree and I have never looked back. My advice would be if you want to study law, don’t be intimidated just do it!
Have you learnt anything new over the past year whether this be a new skill or developed a new hobby?
I have not done anything specific but I have been dipping in and out of various things. I tried cross stich at the beginning of the first lockdown and then I bought an adult paint-by-numbers which I hope to finish within the next 20 years! I also bought a calligraphy book during the November lockdown which I have enjoyed as you can do as little or as much as you want.
What is your favourite film?
Sweet Home Alabama – it’s just such a feel good film and easy to watch.
Who would you most like to step into the shoes of for a day?
I think I would choose to step into the shoes of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge as it would be interesting to get an insight of royal life and she gets to wear such lovely clothes.
If you could pick up a new skill in an instant what would it be?
I love food but I am a terrible cook so if I could miraculously develop the skill to cook like a professional I would be very happy!