1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My work was very mixed, I had to research various cases, suggest and provide recommendations to clients as well as taking and condensing notes as a reference sheet. Generally it was office work at a desk, much like the role that is a solicitor, my responsibilities we making sure I met the deadlines which I did, we also had a variety of presentations on law and the company itself.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed analytics in the sense on the first day I when looking at a variety of legal documents I didn't know what was and what wasn't relevant however by the last day I felt I was comfortable picking out key factors of law furthermore I felt I was able to contextualise factors of law by looking at cases and seeing the interpretation and practical application of law.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I felt the programme was very well structured, I thought every one working there was very enthused and generally there was a pleasant atmosphere. I thought the tasked varied however I accept the realism of being a solicitor is that there are long hours in which you will do work you enjoy and dislike and in a sense the experience didn't sensationalise the role which I in fact preferred as I could see myself for sure working in a legal role more so now.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
I would say different levels of value by different supervisors. But they were all working people in there job roles and all have different personalities, of course I preferred it when I was told my work was really well done, but I accept that there's different attitudes in the workplace therefore I felt valued to an extent.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I thought it was structured and organized very well and this is one of it's strongest points. I felt this as I rarely if ever lacked work. Furthermore there were various presentations at the start of each day which I felt some were useful as a mediator to let you comfortably start the day and learn about various factor of law at university or job level.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
If this means mentor then it's a difficult answer as they were willing to provide support but I rarely took it as I wanted to figure it out on my own, I did ask questions but there was a lot of things which I wanted to stick at and understand which I then managed to and I think this is more effective.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I don't think this is applicable, but there was generally a good amount of support in each department, I met some of the partners and they were all friendly.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
This isn't applicable however I noticed the gap year salary was £17,000, and £14,000 in London, I thought that would have been reversed, but I would say £17,000 is a good wage to earn before attending university defiantly.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I was involved in a couple event meetings, the first was the Pinsent Masons Mock Trial, in London which sounded interesting, they were deliberating on what judge to get from where and there advertising, then I sat in on a more informal meeting about a charity quiz night in March, which I made some questions for, therefore there seems to be a lot of opportunities.
9a. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I would if they were unsure about law because it made me more interested in law or made me understand more about what a career in it entails, specifically I thought Pinsent Masons was a nice environment and easily accessible physically.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons? *
I didn't apply to Pinsent Masons but from what employees have told me just do some background research on the firm, be enthusiastic, polite and generally well informed and I think you'll be favoured, but I imagine you still need academics to an extent, which is usual in the industry of law.
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