Meet the Team Series: John Quinlan


Meet the Team Series: John Quinlan

Over the course of the year, we will be spotlighting members of  Girlings Solicitors' team, their backgrounds, roles, and unique perspectives, so you can get to know the people that are working hard for you.


Name:  John Quinlan
Office:  Ashford
Job Title:  Trainee Solicitor


What's your favourite activity to do locally and why?

My wife and and I volunteer with a local beekeepers organisation.  We help out at various local festivals manning a booth where we sell honey, recruit new beekeepers and teach the public about bees.  We use a glass observation hive with live bees.  Children in particular get very excited seeing live bees and always ask the best questions! 


What do you enjoy in your favourite breakfast that you make at home?

I’ve spent some time in the southwest of the United States and in Mexico and I’ve become partial to huevos rancheros. This translates roughly into ‘ranch eggs’ and consists of a corn tortilla base, black beans, a fried egg and either a tomatillo (green) or pico de gallo (red) salsa.  Or you can have the dish ‘Santa Fe’ style and mix the salsas in a swirl over the eggs.  Locals call this Christmas huevos. 


What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I’m the father of a six-month old baby.  So, I don’t understand the question.  Free time? 


What advice would you give to someone who is potentially thinking about starting a law training contract?

My advice would be to approach your training contract with an open mind.  In law school and during my training contract, I’ve met several trainees from other firms who have clear career plans and view the training contract as only a necessary step towards qualification.  Approaching the training contract in this way reduces the utility of experience.  The two years of training provide a unique opportunity to challenge yourself in different areas of law and gain a better understanding of connected, cross discipline issues.  Take the opportunity to learn as much as you can and try and get involved in anything and everything. 


What do you always carry with you to work?

Coffee.  Strong coffee.  To paraphrase TS Eliot, I measure my life in coffee (cups)…


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