We caught up with Abigail Cannon, who talks us through a day in the life of a Trainee Solicitor in Fieldfisher's Birmingham office.
8:40am: I walk to the office from the car park. Due to our location, it is not only easy to commute to, but there are also nature walks to enjoy around the business park (this is particularly nice during lunch breaks in summer!).
8.45am: The office is open plan and friendly so it is nice to talk to people in the kitchen or at your desk as you are setting up for the day. After getting a coffee, I check my emails and calendar. I keep a to-do list with all of the matters I am working on, but I prioritise my tasks daily depending on the deadlines using my calendar.
9.00am: My supervisor updates me on the status of a large international deal we are working on and asks me to send an email to the solicitor who is working for the other party.
9:30am: Corporate team meeting. The meeting occurs once every two weeks and covers what projects the team are working on, capacity and any news or updates that may be relevant.
10.00am: I review and amend a due diligence report, in which I have to update the cross-referencing between the report and the virtual data room and complete a contract review for a new document which we have received.
11.30am: I have a check in call from Sarah in graduate recruitment.
11.45am: I draft a letter of engagement for a client I will be working with as a part of a pro-bono scheme, Just for Kids Law. The scheme helps young people who have been excluded from school appeal their exclusions.
12.15pm: I meet with a partner to discuss a new project. He sets me the task of drafting the ancillary documents. A great aspect of my current department is the exposure you have working directly with a variety of partners, directors and associates.
12.30pm: I attend the associates' lunch. Fee-earners (excluding partners) come together to learn, raise ideas and collaborate whilst having lunch (and desserts) prepared by our onsite chef Mark. We are lucky enough to have a free lunch at the office every day, with hot and cold meals provided by Mark.
2.00pm: I draft a number of documents for a client in respect of a share option scheme. The documents included an exercise of option letter and a deed of adherence.
4.00pm: I conduct research on the statutory process required for limited liability partnerships in comparison to a private limited company and summarise my findings for use in the preparation of documents tomorrow.
5.15pm: I check my calendar to make sure all of my tasks are complete for the day before responding to emails from the other members of the Trainee Social Committee (about the amazing Trainee Christmas Party we are organising!) and finalising my time recording for the day.