Nick McCarthy
Careers at Roythornes

Nick McCarthy

I joined Roythornes as a paralegal in September 2014, having been fortunate to be offered a place of work following the summer work placement that July. After a year working in the Commercial Property and Private Client departments I began my training contract in September 2015.

Having grown up in nearby Stamford, I wanted to carry on living and working in a rural area, but at the same time, I wanted to train with a firm where there was a high quality and variety of work. Roythornes was the obvious choice and it hasn’t disappointed.

Throughout my training contract, which has so far seen me undertake seats in the Agricultural & Ecclesiastical, Personal Injury and Private Client departments, I have been given important, challenging and varied work for great clients. I have been fortunate to experience a whole range of opportunities, from meeting with clients, to attending court, conferences with counsel and indeed even handling my own files (under supervision of course!)

Roythornes has a real commitment to providing its trainee’s with valuable experience, and you are supported and encouraged by regular meetings and reviews throughout to gain a real understanding of the work being done.  Likewise, the firm very much encourages independent learning through internal events and networking, and developing your skills via the in-house Agri-Academy.

I currently study my LPC part-time alongside my training contract and Roythornes have been thoroughly accommodating and supportive throughout, allowing me to take study leave when necessary to sit my exams. Whilst not easy, studying part-time has given me the best of both worlds in that I gain unparalleled experience in legal practice, whilst the modules on the LPC are made all that much easier and understandable as I have done much of it in the real world.

Roythornes as a whole is very welcoming, and it is very much a firm where everybody knows everybody. There are plenty of opportunities to socialise, and indeed in the past year I have been on many a trainee night out, undertaken the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, rowed in several dragon boat races and played inter-firm netball and cricket matches to name but a few!

It is fantastic to be part of a close-knit team who genuinely care about each other, their clients and the work they do.