Posted On / 10.03.2015

Hannah Finds a Home at Battens Property Team

Hannah Venning has secured employment as a Conveyancing Assistant with Battens Solicitors after finishing her apprenticeship with the company.

Hannah started her apprenticeship in September 2012 with Battens joining as an Apprentice Receptionist in the Dorchester office.   Due to the increased work demands within the Residential Property Department and her aptitude and ability she quickly progressed and was appointed as an Administrative Assistant, helping the team’s lawyers open and close files.

Since this time, Hannah has steadily progressed through the department, earning several promotions and taking on more and more responsibility. In her new role, as Conveyancing Assistant, Hannah will take on additional responsibilities which even include assisting in the training of Trainee Solicitors.

Sarah Ford, an Associate Solicitor and Hannah’s line manager, said: “Hannah has continued to show exceptional commitment to her course and job. She is keen to progress and is an inspiration as to how the apprenticeship scheme works.

“Hannah had never worked in a law firm however, from the start she showed the necessary qualities of maturity, integrity and confidentiality which are required to succeed. She has progressed at a phenomenal rate and is an asset to the firm."

Hannah said: “I feel that without being given the opportunity of an apprenticeship I may never have entered the professional environment of a law firm. My apprenticeship has given me the confidence to interact with people on a professional basis and I now have faith in my own knowledge and abilities, something I was lacking before the scheme.”

She added: “Since starting at Battens I have developed an interest in law and am now considering training as a Legal Executive, something I would never have thought possible. Battens has been very supportive of me and I believe my apprenticeship has given me a career, not just job experience.  I would urge anyone interested in a career to consider an apprenticeship as it opens up a world of opportunities”.

Since Hannah started at Battens, the company has taken on four new apprentices within its Dorchester and Weymouth offices and Hannah is credited with being the catalyst for the appointments.

Sarah concluded: “As a firm we have seen the benefits of employing apprentices. We have found them to be hard-working, inspirational employees, who are integral to the firm. We are delighted that Hannah is staying with us and know that she will continue to be an asset."