In the Company Commercial seat you are given a large amount of responsibility from day one; this can include running your own files and speaking to clients directly. No day is the same in this department but the tasks below sum up a typical day in my seat:
Arrive at the office. Turn on my computer and make a cup of tea. Have a catch up with other staff members about what we did over the weekend.
Read the emails that have come through over the weekend and update my “to-do” list accordingly.
One of our client’s is buying a business and needs some specific advice regarding its employees so I draft an email to our Employment Law Team giving background information on the case and what things we need to discuss together. We agree to set some time aside tomorrow to talk through the points. Having different departments sitting and working close together is really helpful when you need assistance with other areas of law.
In order to buy the business our client also needs a set of Board Minutes that approve the business entering into the transaction. I begin drafting the necessary documents ready for my supervisor to look over.
A different client rings to ask for an update in relation to the sale of some shares. As fee earner of the file, clients will often ring you directly and it is nice to build up relationships early on in your career. I explain to the client what progress has been made and ask them what they would like us to do next.
Have lunch downstairs with the other trainees and staff members. We like to take a walk around the area surrounding the office for fresh air and to make us feel more energised for the afternoon.
Another client needs some Terms and Conditions drafting for their new start-up company. I have already produced a draft which I went over with my supervisor yesterday. I now have to create a second draft incorporating the necessary amendments before I can send it over to the client for approval.
A banking deal we are involved in includes a number of parties overseas. Myself and another solicitor set up a conference call with the American lawyers we instructed to answer their questions (checking the time difference first!). When finished, I type an attendance note summarising the meeting and follow up with an email to them clarifying our instructions.
I return to my desk to check on any emails that have come through, I ensure all my time is recorded for the day and my filing is up to date. I double check with another trainee that everything is ready for a seminar we are helping out with in the morning before heading home.