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Thursday 5 March 2015

A day in the life of… a trainee solicitor

Wayne Codogan has just started his third seat as a trainee at Marriott Harrison, having been recruited from our Summer Vacation Scheme (as with all of our trainees). Here he describes a typical day in the office.

Having spent my first six months in the corporate department, I have just completed a joint second seat in the Employment and Dispute Resolution departments. Here is a run down of a recent day for me during my second seat – I hope it gives a helpful insight.

9.00 – 9.30 AM: I arrive at work, lock up my bike (I cycle in every day) and have a quick shower. Then I log onto the computer and check my emails. One of the associates has just come back from holiday in Bulgaria and has circulated an email that there are Bulgarian treats in the kitchen for everyone. I grab a glass of water and a Bulgarian treat (which has received mixed reviews) and head back to my desk to review my task list.

9.30 – 11:50 AM: One of my Employment supervisors comes by to ask for my help on a research task. Our client has some questions about calculating holiday pay, so I start looking into it. I collate my findings and report back to my supervisor. He and I then discuss the issue before jumping on a call with the client to answer their questions.
11:50 – 12:30 PM: An associate in the Dispute Resolution department has asked me to file a consent order at the Royal Courts of Justice. Our offices are conveniently located by Chancery Lane so the journey is only a short walk for me (I love going to the building – you can sense the history all around you).

12:30 – 1:00 PM: I return to my desk and my supervisor pops by to hand me his mark-up of a briefing note I drafted yesterday. I go through the mark-up and make the necessary changes – thankfully there isn’t too much to amend. I send the revised version back to my supervisor so that he can send it off to the client.

1.00 – 2.00 PM: Lunchtime! I tend to bring a packed lunch to work so there are usually no surprises coming my way, however all the trainees tend to migrate to the “breakout room” where we catch up on daily affairs and any juicy gossip.

2:00 – 4:00 PM: I check my task list and see that I need to draft a couple of service agreements for a client by the end of the week. After realising that we don’t have all the information needed to complete the service agreement, I raise this with the relevant Employment Partner. After speaking with her, I send an email to the client requesting the missing information.

4:00 – 5:00 PM: I attend a scheduled client meeting with a Dispute Resolution Partner. We are seeing a long-standing client of the firm so the meeting is very cordial despite the serious nature of the discussion. I am strenuously taking minutes of the meeting – it’s often hard to keep up!

5:00 – 5:45 PM: I return to my desk and start dictating the minutes so that they can be typed up as soon as possible.

5.45 – 6:30 PM: I have a quick review of the files that I am working on and ensure all is in order. I prepare myself a list of things to do and check tomorrow morning and I finalise my time recording for the day.

6:30 – 9:30 PM: I change into my MH football kit and make my way to the local five-a-side football pitch to meet the other members of our team. We are playing in a three-way mini-tournament against clients of the firm. Unfortunately, we do not win but this isn’t very surprising considering one of the teams decided to use their high profile connections to add a former Arsenal F.C footballer (Nigel Winterburn) to their team sheet. The only consolation is that I got some great photos!

Wayne Codogan

The Marriott Harrison Summer Vacation Scheme runs from June to August, with each candidate spending a week with the firm.  A selection of those candidates will be invited back for an interview for a training contract. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2015.

For more details, please visit http://marriottharrison.co.uk/careers/summer-scheme.

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