An Interview with Tom Moyes
Organic growth is important to Blacks Solicitors and we aim to recruit talented Trainee Solicitors, retain them on qualification, and provide them with opportunities to develop their careers within the Firm.
Over recent years we have retained a considerable proportion of Blacks’ Trainee intake, with a number of the Firm’s current partners originally having joined the Firm as Trainee Solicitors! Here we interview Tom Moyes (Training Partner).
How long have you been at Blacks Solicitors?
I started my training contract with Blacks in 2007 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2009.
What was the training like at Blacks?
The training was very hands on when I first started all those years ago. We still believe in giving our trainees maximum exposure to cases, but with support in place.
By the time I was a second year Trainee I felt confident enough to run cases on my own. Supervision was there if I needed it, but because I had been exposed to clients and high quality training I felt confident enough to deal with the cases on my own. There was a lot of client contact which I loved.
How has your career progressed at Blacks?
Very quickly! After qualification I worked hard and this was recognised by the Firm when I was promoted to the position of Associate Solicitor in 2012.
I continued to show determination and focused on my business development skills. My hard work, commitment, and dedication paid off when I was promoted to the position of Partner in 2016.
What are you looking for in a Trainee?
I am now the Training Partner at Blacks and I do encourage our trainees to take responsibility for their own learning. There is a tendency for graduates to want to be ‘spoon fed’. This is not what we are looking for.
Trainees will be given all the support they need but it’s a two way street – we expect trainees to be dynamic, driven and enthusiastic; I want them to take the initiative and think of ways to grow the business.
When I recruit trainees one of my considerations is whether I think they are capable of being a fellow partner in 5/10 years time.
What advice would you give to someone looking to become a Trainee at Blacks?
Blacks recognise hard work, loyalty and endeavour and if you are prepared to put the effort in, then you will progress. The only thing stopping you is yourself!