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Young Lawyers - Kate Gomery: First Day

Date:20 APR 2011

This is Kate Gomery's first piece for a new opinion column written by young family lawyers. She will be writing fortnightly about her experiences as a newly qualified solicitor working in legal aid. For more information click here

Kate Gomery

So the day finally arrived. Years of part-time study followed by the whirlwind of a training contract all suddenly worthwhile as from this Monday I get to call myself a solicitor. And yes thank goodness after all that time expense and effort it does feel different.

After a lovely warm welcome at my new firm I'm told that I'm being eased in gently. It's at this point I notice the boxes of files next to my desk all waiting for my attention and take a deep breath. My cases my responsibility. This is when it gets real.

It's great to...

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