“If you are coming to the law as a second career, recognise the value of your previous experience and make sure it isn’t wasted. We all bring something distinct to our roles and it is up to us to make the most of those differences.”
CAREER PROFILE – Alexis Lane
Partner & Head of Business Services
Tel: 01491 570 909
How did your legal career begin?
I started my career in HR but after a few years my love of the theatre resulted in me feeling the ‘call of the boards’ and I became a professional stage actress in the East End. Whilst my acting career was the fulfilment of my artistic passions by my late 20s I felt the need to return to a career that built on the expertise I had developed in HR.
As such, I left the theatre to do my GDL and LPC. Whilst doing my training I applied for a summer job at THP Solicitors, where I got to do a variety of administration roles, and seeing my enthusiasm for the law, I was invited by the Partners to apply to be a trainee.
What was training at THP Solicitors like?
Because my interest was in commercial work the firm did their best to accommodate my choice of seats and I got exposure to corporate and employment cases early on, working for a range of clients large and small. I was supported throughout my development and encouraged to become independent. Once I qualified as a solicitor, I specialised in employment law, built my own pipeline of work and personal brand. I undertook some additional training to hone the quality and depth of my skills and three years later I became a Partner at the firm.
Describe what you enjoy about your work
For business clients, I enjoy discovering how they operate and helping them find solutions to achieve their commercial ambitions. It’s similar for individuals as I have to support them in resolving a legal issue, with the minimum amount of stress, and enable them to move on. Both types of work are rewarding in different ways.
How would you describe the culture at THP?
Supportive and encouraging. As partners, we have tried to develop an open culture where everyone’s contribution is valued. We always strive to be professional but also caring, both for our clients and our staff.
Any advice for someone considering a career in the law?
If you are coming to the law as a second career, recognise the value of your previous experience and make sure it isn’t wasted. We all bring something distinct to our roles and it is up to us to make the most of those differences.