Meet our Neurotrauma Team with Ben McMurdo
What is your role at Sintons and how long have you been with the firm?
I am a trainee solicitor at Sintons starting in March 2021. I interviewed for the firm in 2018 following my degree and was offered a training contract. Since then, I completed my LPC and joined the firm in 2019 as a paralegal.
Tell us about your career to date…
I worked as a paralegal at Sintons in the commercial property department from July 2019 to May 2020. I started my training contract in March 2021 in the neurotrauma department.
Can you tell us about your department and the work it does
I work in the neurotrauma department. We act for client who have sustained traumatic brain injuries from accidents. We focus on securing rehabilitation for clients to begin their process of recovery as priority. We then seek to recover compensation to provide clients with the financial support necessary to continue their rehabilitation and manage the ongoing effects of often life changing injuries.
Can you tell us about the work you do
As a trainee solicitor, I assist on all aspects of the work we do in the department. One day I might be assisting by liaising with case managers to assist in the securing of rehabilitation, aids and equipment, the next I could be preparing documents for a court hearing or drafting documents to begin the litigation process.
What have been your personal career highlights to date?
Might be slightly difficult to put a highlight on, but every day is a new challenge and I am constantly learning to grapple with new technical concepts. However, starting my training contract in itself was a big milestone in the process to becoming a qualified solicitor.
Sintons enjoys a first-rate reputation regionally and nationally for its work. What is it like to work here?
Working at Sintons is a hugely positive experience for the following reasons. The quality of work that I (as a trainee) am engaged with is invaluable to my professional development. Dealing with challenging technical language and complex legal problems is engaging. Being able to find solutions to such complex problems is massively rewarding when assisting clients who have sustained life changing injuries. The firm is supportive and offers the opportunities to develop legal skills, soft skills and commercial awareness in every aspect of work.
And finally, tell us about your interests outside work…
Outside of work I enjoy keeping fit and healthy by competing in strength sports, swimming and playing rugby. I play music and have played guitar for over 15 years. I enjoy cooking and reading to relax and unwind.