My name is Ash, and I’m a trainee Solicitor at Freebridge Community Housing. I joined in October 2014, so I’m still relatively new! I was living in Buckinghamshire, working in private practice in London as a paralegal, and started looking for the next step in my career. When I saw this post being advertised I knew I wanted to give it a go despite meaning I would need to relocate.
The position seemed to offer me everything I was looking for, so after researching King’s Lynn and spending time looking around the area; I knew I could make west Norfolk my home.
Since an early age the idea of studying law really appealed to me. The subject is very engaging and I knew there were fantastic career prospects on offer. I did my law degree at Birmingham City University and then a post-grad Legal Practice Course at the University of West London.
I wanted a role that offered me variety and a solicitor definitely does that! I also enjoy meeting people and working with others – another tick in the box. The opportunity to communicate with clients and my team on a regular basis really excites me.
Each day presents its own challenges but I enjoy having the opportunity to find solutions. On a ‘typical day,’ I could be progressing a purchase as it moves towards completion or finalising contracts and leases. In every aspect of my work I need information from people, which means I attend meetings internally and externally all over beautiful west Norfolk. The journey is a bit different to a city commute and I love it!
Freebridge has a family like atmosphere which is incredible. People throughout the organisation are friendly and approachable – I felt like I fitted in straight away which was great. We work hard but there is a sense of fun and a relaxed atmosphere that I’ve not had before. They also really support my personal and professional development, which is so important.
West Norfolk has stunning traditional landscapes and is so close to the sea, not something I’m used to as a city boy! I have also found that it’s not just Freebridge where the people are friendly. Out and about people have time for each other and I have found that I have made friends and settled in really quickly even though I relocated to the area on my own.
I truly believe that there are fantastic career opportunities here. It was daunting to move from Buckinghamshire, but I think there is far more potential for me to develop. I may well progress past my peers more quickly than those who have stayed in the same area.
I already feel like west Norfolk is home. I would recommend to anyone thinking about relocating here to just do it! I took that leap of faith and haven’t regretted it for a second. My future definitely is west Norfolk.