will aff ect their particular clients and advise accordingly. Employment law is a fast-moving area that refl ects the changing values of society and current times, as we have seen during the pandemic and the whole host of employment issues that this raised. “T ere are many ways to stay updated with changes in the law,

including subscribing to newsletters and alerts within your specialism,” added Sobia. “T e employment team at Howes Percival hold bi-weekly meetings to discuss recent developments and share ideas, particularly on how our clients will be aff ected and how we can advise them. Additionally, we have internal training sessions, on employment law or on areas such as risk and compliance or IT and cyber security.” T e Solicitors Regulation Authority requires all solicitors to refl ect

on their practice each year and identify any learning and development needs. Sobia explained: “In order to expand my knowledge and experience,

I discuss my learning and development needs with my supervisor. My supervisor has supported my development by increasing my involvement in particular areas, enabling me to attend relevant training courses. For example, I attended a course on settlement agreements, run by T e Employment Lawyers Association, which broadened my understanding and gave me the confi dence to start advising clients on my own. T e fi rm’s new online learning management system is great, I can record my learning, save notes and view other user-friendly training resources at my convenience.” Many other skills will naturally develop with time and experience.

One such area is presentation skills, which are important in any business. “We regularly deliver Employment Law Update seminars (and,

more recently, webinars) to our clients and contacts. I was encouraged to present alongside my colleagues from day one. I have also been involved in pitching our services to prospective clients. Although this can be nerve wracking, it has helped strengthen my public speaking and presentation skills. T is is a key skill for employment solicitors to develop early on, given that we often represent our clients at Employment Tribunals and conduct our own advocacy.”

Every day is a school day Northampton-based partner Graham Irons considers why training is always important for any business: “Howes Percival, like any business, simply cannot aff ord to stand still. Increasing knowledge, skills and constantly looking for continued improvement is critical. As employment lawyers we are used to adapting to a fast-changing legal environment and the nature of our people-based work means that no two cases are ever the same. Despite having qualifi ed as a solicitor nearly 25 years ago I believe I am always learning and that’s part of what makes this job so interesting and rewarding.”

To fi nd out more about Howes Percival, call 01604 230400 or visit



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