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Antonia Kirby is an Executive Lawyer and Solicitor in our Family team in Banbury.  We caught up with Antonia to get an insight into why she joined Brethertons, what Brethertons is like as a place to work, and her experiences during the application process and induction.

1. When did you join Brethertons?

I joined Brethertons on 31 July 2017 – fresh off maternity leave!

2. Why did you choose to join Brethertons?

An amazing opportunity arose at Brethertons which gave me the chance to work exclusively in family law. Previously I worked for a mixed practice of family, civil litigation and private client (with a focus on Wills and Family Trusts). Brethertons was always a firm I loved having on the other side – efficient and not an easy opponent!

3. What was the application process like?

The application process was really straightforward, although not easy. There were various opportunities to test my knowledge, skill and aptitude. This meant that when I was selected, I knew it was because they really felt I was the best for the role.

4. What was your induction like?

The induction was full on but brilliant. I have never had such a thorough induction process. I felt as though I had been properly introduced not just to the processes and practices but, also to the people.

5. What is your team like?

The family team is so much fun. It feels more like a family than a group of colleagues. It is nice to know that everyone supports one another, particularly for me as I work part time.

6. What is the highlight of your time at Brethertons so far?

Wow, that’s a difficult question! I have really enjoyed being encouraged to get involved with networking but, more than that, I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to get to know everyone at the family team Christmas party. It was great to see all the personalities in one place and how the family vibe really is a very genuine one.

7. How would you describe the culture at Brethertons?

The culture seems to encourage you to be your best and to strive to do your best all the time. It is thoroughly refreshing to work in a place that not only expects that from you, but facilitates you getting there.

8. If someone is considering applying to join Brethertons, is there any advice you would like to share?

Be honest, be tenacious and be humble. Read and reread your application. Answer the questions being asked of you. If you don’t know something, say. If you do know something, say!

If you are interested in becoming a Brethertonian, please have a look at our vacancies page or get in touch with David Langstone in Human Resources.