My day starts with a 5 mile cycle ride to work, as I have found that exercise is a great way to wake up in the morning!
I arrive at the office, and start the day with a coffee, which I drink while I’m creating my “to do list” for the day. I also email my contact at a local accountancy firm about a football networking event. Team HP has yet to win a match so we are hoping we don’t get thrashed again!
Practical Law send a weekly email to update the recipients on recent cases, which is a useful read for a trainee in a new seat.
The Company Commercial team in Norwich meets every week to go through our workloads and to talk though practical ways to deal with any work related issues. This is a great learning opportunity for a trainee as we can “soak up” tips from our more experienced colleagues.
I turn my attention to a services agreement, which I had drafted the day before. I take time to carefully proof-read the agreement, with “fresh eyes”, before handing it to my supervisor for his comments, along with a draft email to the client which summarises the key provisions of the agreement.
A photographer is in the Norwich office to take “lifestyle shots” of the trainees to use on the website and on social media. I reluctantly pose and realise modelling is definitely not a career path for me….
As trainees we are encouraged to tweet via @HPtrainee, so I tweet behind the scenes shots from our photoshoot to give our followers a taste of trainee life.
The previous week I was involved in a share sale agreement, acting for a client who was purchasing a business. I was tasked with dealing with the post-completion matters including collating and saving the documents (stock transfer forms, written resolutions of the company, deeds of resignation and the agreement itself), and drafting an email to our client attaching the documents, and detailing the key post-completion steps that requires their input.
After a busy morning, I take the opportunity to head out for some fresh air and something to eat, along with the other trainees. We grabbed food from a local restaurant which specialises in Falafel, and had a catch up about our respective weekends.
My supervising partner asks me to produce a first draft of an engagement letter, for the sale of a local sports venue. The firm is also advising on property elements of the sale so I meet with my colleague in Commercial Property to incorporate property matters into the engagement letter. I also use this time to type up my attendance note of the client meeting I attended with my colleagues.
In anticipation of attending a Chamber of Commerce exhibition next week, I meet with the marketing team to discuss the practicalities of the day.
Having addressed my pressing tasks, I turn my attention to researching the steps required at Companies House once a company changes ownership, and having a discussion with my colleagues to check that I am on the right track.
I end the day by completing some miscellaneous admin tasks including tidying my desk (which can get quite messy after a day of working!)
We have a great work-life balance at Howes Percival, which includes attending fun networking events. Tonight I’m attending a Young Professionals Group event, which is a Sushi Making Masterclass.
I return home, with a stomach full of sushi, and a fridge full of more sushi ready to be eaten at lunch tomorrow, having had a fun night socialising with other young professionals.