Alex Powers joined Hegarty Solicitors in March 2017 as a legal assistant within the corporate department. He has progressed with the firm and joined the corporate department following his qualification as a solicitor. We ask Alex about his career and what it is like to be a corporate solicitor at Hegarty Solicitors.
Tell us about your academic background
I obtained my undergraduate degree in Economics and Law from the University of Leicester in 2005. Following a career change, I completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) between 2015 – 2017 in which I achieved a distinction in both. In addition to achieving a distinction in the LPC, I was also awarded the Gateley Plc prize for Corporate Litigation which was awarded for achieving the top mark in the Corporate Litigation module.
What interested you to pursue a career in law?
After working within the public sector for over 9 years I decided a change of direction was best for my family and me and I set about becoming a solicitor. I always had an interest in law and my degree also influenced my decision.
What is it like working at Hegarty Solicitors?
The environment at Hegarty Solicitors is friendly and supportive. From my very first day at Hegarty, I have always found the staff welcoming and helpful. The Partners are all approachable and always available to offer support and guidance when necessary.
Before I started my solicitor training I was asked which areas I would like to specialise in. The firm took this into consideration and accommodated my preferences throughout my training.
What do you do on a daily basis?
Work in the corporate department is varied and no day is the same. My day starts with responding to new and existing client enquiries over emails and telephone calls and this will carry on throughout the day to ensure I am available for clients to contact when needed.
The remainder of the day includes drafting legal documents such as contracts and shareholders agreements and holding meetings with clients to update them on the progress of their matters. At present, the majority of client meetings and conferences take place on Microsoft Teams or through phone calls due to the coronavirus pandemic. This has been a new experience although clients have expressed that this has not impacted the service we provide. I also speak with external contacts relevant to client’s matters.
Working in a busy department means that there are days when I have tight deadlines and multiple matter completions. I will occasionally work additional hours to meet deadlines and avoid any delays to ensure I continue to deliver an excellent service and maintain relationships with my clients.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy working in a busy and fast-paced environment that can be demanding but also very rewarding. I also enjoy managing my own caseload and meeting new people. Additionally, I appreciate being in a position where I can guide and assist people with their business matters and alleviate any concerns they may have.
What areas do you specialise in?
During my time at Hegarty Solicitors and having worked at different levels and in different departments as part of my training I have gained a variety of experience and returned to the corporate department as a qualified solicitor in March 2020.
I specialise in all aspects of corporate law such as:
- Commercial contracts
- Contract reviews
- Company Secretarial Services
- Asset and share sales
- Joint ventures
- Shareholder and partnership agreements
- Equity investments
- Employee share schemes
- Group restructures and re-organisations
- Setting up partnerships
- Incorporation of LLP’s or Companies
How can you assist corporate clients?
I am willing to go above and beyond for my clients and will work hard to complete matters in a timely manner. I always take the time to get to know my clients rather than seeing them as another file. I try to identify the reasons behind their decisions which I believe is the best way to provide an excellent service and achieve the best possible outcome.
I am interested in building and maintaining relationships with clients so that I become their first port of call for future enquiries. I am not afraid to challenge the norm and I am willing to adapt my approach to meet the clients’ needs. I avoid using legal jargon and give clear explanations to ensure clients understand the process and all of the steps involved in the progress of their matters. I am always very calm under pressure which is particularly useful in alleviating client concerns.
As a resident of Rutland, I am also focused on helping businesses in Oakham, Uppingham and the wider Rutland community and the surrounding areas in Leicestershire.
“The work was done quickly and effectively. The solicitor explained the process to our directors clearly and provided all the papers required to complete the transaction. We will certainly use Hegartys again.”
– Trustpilot review