After her student traineeship at AKD, Demi Admiraal was intending to join another firm as a working student. But when the civil-law notary asked if she was interested in staying at AKD, she didn't hesitate for a second; she definitely was. Demi now works as a candidate civil-law notary in the Real Estate & Construction practice. “The end result of my work is tangible, after all, it’s all about bricks and mortar.”
“From my second study year, I had a sideline job as a working student at a regional firm of civil-law notaries. A great place, but it also made me curious about the goings-on at a larger office. I thought it would be nice to have more peers around me. And to collaborate as a civil-law notary with lawyers and tax specialists, as is more common at large firms. Through my study association, I got in touch with AKD, where I started a traineeship in early 2021 in the Real Estate & Construction practice.
From lectures to daily practice
Real estate was new to me, as I only did family law at the smaller firm. At university, I was always interested in the lectures on real estate law, so I was looking forward to learning more about it. The daily practice turned out to be even more fun than I expected. This was partly thanks to the friendly team I joined. It was in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, but even so I received good support. I immediately felt at home here.
My plan was to become a working student at another big firm after that three-month traineeship. I thought it would be good to know more firms. But when I indicated that the civil-law notary said: “Would you be interested in staying with us as a working student?” I didn't hesitate for a second. I liked it so much at AKD that I didn't need to look any further.After my traineeship, I was a working student here for another six months, after which I officially applied for a job. Since April 2022, I have been working as a candidate civil-law notary at Real Estate & Construction, i.e. in the same team.
The Real Estate & Construction team consists of a civil-law notary, a counsel, three candidate civil-law notaries (soon to be four),a paralegal and two secretaries. Including the lawyers in our department, there are around twenty real estate specialists in Amsterdam. In fact, it turns out to be both fun and instructive to work with people from other disciplines and with different years of experience. In a due diligence, for example, we do the title search and work with the lawyers on a file. But we also have plenty of files of our own. During negotiations, the civil-law notary (and our team) are present right from the beginning – we are not called in only when the notarial deed needs to be drawn up. Very fascinating to be involved in the entire process of a transaction and also to coordinate that process.