Having recently started my first seat in Insolvency Department in our Norwich office, I am already taking responsibility for different files and tasks after just a couple of weeks into my seat.
After a quick commute on my bicycle to the Office, I usually arrive around 8.45am. HP is flexible with no demand to be in very early (work dependant).
After grabbing a coffee from the new machine, I have a chat with my colleagues in my work area before catching up on emails and creating a task list to prioritise my day.
At the start of the week, a quick team meeting is held detailing any upcoming court dates and other important deadlines.
Prioritising your workload is key, especially when work can be time sensitive. Working with my supervisor I am already a couple of drafts into a Letter before Action. After finishing the final draft and it being approved, it is sent off to the client for consideration.
I am tasked with building an exhibit for an upcoming case regarding public interest winding up petition. To enable me to complete my task effectively, I have a breakout with a senior fee earner to discuss how to approach building an exhibit.
If you don’t know where to start or how to approach a task a fee earner is always happy to give you guidance or answer a few quick questions.
Trainees and newly qualified solicitors usually meet up for lunch, often by the Cathedral as the office is only a quick walk away. It’s a good opportunity to relax and take a walk from the office. It also gives you the opportunity to your colleagues about what has been going on and to ask for any advice.
Confirmation has come back from a client regarding the Letter before Action. I get further approval for my supervisor and check the document before getting it ready for the post.
My supervisor has a client meeting and I attend to take notes, but also to watch and learn how to interact with clients. After the meeting I dictate my notes to be typed up (saving me time and allowing me to get on with other pressing tasks).
I get assigned a research task concerning directors and insolvency after the earlier meeting. I then start to draft as a letter of advice to the client.
I get back to building the exhibit, which is going well but will be an ongoing task. It is a useful task, as it enables you to get to know the facts and the witness statement of a case inside out.
After completing my work, I end the day with a couple of administrative tasks for example, updating my training contract record, writing articles and updating tasks that I need to complete for the next day. I then leave to office to take part in one of our 5-a-side networking events. As well as getting to know different local professional firms, it is also a good way to get to know people in different areas of the office.