Becky Turnock

Becky Turnock

Trainee Solicitor with the Family team

I graduated from Queen Mary University of London with an upper 2:1 Honours degree in History in 2017. My degree specialism was The War on Terror and I completed my Undergraduate thesis on the Enhanced Interrogation Regime used by the United States and its allies and the long-term effects on American Foreign Policy.

Although I studied History at university, I knew I aspired to become a solicitor and I have always had a particular fondness for family law.

A History degree lends itself really well to a legal career, but it is a requirement that a person must study the Foundations of Law before they can be admitted as a solicitor. I therefore had to undertake the Graduates’ Diploma in Law to enable me to progress.

On completion of the GDL, I joined another local firm as a Paralegal in the Private Client department. I worked hard and my determination to provide clients with excellent client care resulted in the offer a training contract.

I began my training contract in 2019 and I completed the Legal Practice Course and Master of Laws simultaneously. This is a fairly unusual approach as most students complete the LPC prior to commencing their training. It wasn’t easy but I am glad I did it because it taught me how to balance an incredibly demanding workload.

I completed my first seats in Private Client and Civil Litigation/Personal Injury, which were both really enjoyable areas of law. I am glad I had the opportunity to gain experience in different areas of law as this helped me to be absolutely certain that family law was the area I wanted to practise in.

I transferred my training contract to Nash & Co Solicitors in January 2020 to work in, and qualify into, the family department. I am really enjoying the fast pace of the department and how I have been given an incredible opportunity to learn from some fantastic lawyers and reach my potential as a solicitor.

It is particularly refreshing that there is no such thing as a stupid question. Everyone I work with at Nash & Co is willing to give me their time to answer questions, provide support and encourage my career progression, from the managing partner to support staff. There is a real effort made by everyone to ensure the entire team knows they are valued.

I am now looking forward to qualification and I am proud to be a member of the team here at Nash & Co Solicitors. Everyone is so welcoming and supportive! Everyone says there is no ‘I’ in team but truly, there is no ‘I’ in Nash & Co either and it is a lovely place to build a career in law!