1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a 'school work experience' member of the firm, I worked in four different practice groups under supervision by a trainee solicitor who introduced me to the nature of the work each team did. In Commercial, I researched 'Big Data' and used the Practical Law database to complete a research note. After receiving feedback on this, I completed another research task on distance and doorstep selling regulation and produced a research note with an improved layout and presentation. I also undertook administrative tasks in the Projects team. I duplicated folders in preparation for a completion, and was also allowed to view some of the team's proposals, where I could see commercial awareness in practice as the proposals had to appeal to the client by showing understanding of their business and predicting risks. Whilst in Property, I took notes on phone calls between my supervisor, the Land Registry and her client, in order to find out which documents were required to close a lease title and release notice.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Overall, my research and communication skills were improved and I benefited from the exposure to a professional business environment.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Because of the skills and training required for much of the 'nitty-gritty' work done at a law firm, the tasks I was given were not challenging as such, but provided me with a good insight into what went into casework, as well as keeping me busy! Teamwork is an important part of the company's culture - trainees are encouraged to ask partners questions and partners and all members of staff on all levels are friendly with one another. Anyone makes tea for anyone! My experience met my expectations of a professional working environment and was enjoyable.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
I felt very valued by Pinsent Masons - at the beginning of the week I was given an induction and at the end of the week received advice on applying for the Gap Year programme, which showed that the firm encouraged me to pursue future opportunities with them.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Well structured - induction, training and support was given. We had a feedback session at the end of the week. There were presentations as well as work to be done during the week which made for a varied experience.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We were encouraged to discuss our future plans and were given advice on this subject.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
A friendly yet professional business environment with various areas of law to explore.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Spend time on your application, check for mistakes. Don't just state what activities you've done or experience you've had, talk about how they have helped you or what skills you've learned from them.
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