International Women’s Day – A Chat with Rebecca
Ahead of International Women’s Day, we are celebrating some of the women that make Hampson Hughes. In the spotlight today, is Rebecca Zaidi-Lowe. Rebecca has been with us for 9 years, now acting as a Solicitor in the costs department. Rebecca talks through her journey with Hampson Hughes:
Rebecca Zaidi-Lowe, Solicitor:
In June 2011 I was fresh out of law school and I applied for a job at Hampson Hughes. I had done some work experience in various law firms in Merseyside and at a law firm in London.
During my interview the Managing Director informed me about Hampson Hughes’s humble beginnings and the firm’s future goals; the firm was founded only two years earlier in 2009 and had already undergone a considerable expansion. Following the interview I found myself to be very excited about the firm and I was delighted when I was told that I had been successful.
Initially I was trained as a First Response Advisor. My role was to take initial calls from clients who had been involved in road traffic accidents. I remember being quite nervous to speak on the phone but after a few days I became more confident and enjoyed speaking to clients each day.
After two months I was awarded a promotion and I moved from the First Response Team to assist one of the Solicitors who ran her own case load of files. My role completely changed and I learned more about the law and how to run a case; as time went by I was given more responsibility and began to run my own case load. I also dealt with the costs at the conclusion of a case.
In September 2013 I was awarded a Training Contract at Hampson Hughes.
In addition to working at Hampson Hughes I became a member of Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division (MJLD), having been elected to the role of Treasurer. The MJLD is a great way to network and meet new friends from the legal profession. I attended monthly meetings with fellow committee members to discuss ideas for fundraising, education and social events. I enjoyed my first year on the committee so much that I stayed on the committee for a second year and enjoyed a new role as Vice Chair.
I also volunteered as a mentor for BPPs ‘Access to Mentoring Scheme’ and I mentored a law student who was eager to pursue a career within the legal profession.
I qualified as a Solicitor in March 2015 and my main role was to deal with the costs of a claim once a file had settled. The Cost Department slowly expanded and I had to attend various conferences to keep up to date with the ever-changing law and cost rules, which had been massively affected by the Jackson Reforms in 2013. I enjoyed training and mentoring junior members of the Cost Department and I was also continuing to learn new things every day.
I have now been qualified for 4 years and I continue to learn more each day. There are constantly new cases and decisions which affect the personal injury sector so there is never a dull day!
About Hampson Hughes
At Hampson Hughes Solicitors, our experienced personal injury solicitors assists people who have been injured in non-fault accidents, including, but not limited to: road traffic accidents; accidents at work and slips and trips & falls. We believe that if you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault you deserve access to legal support. Our objective is to ensure we recover the maximum amount of personal injury compensation you deserve