1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Legal Support Co-ordinator - Commercial Property Department
Tasks range greatly as assistance is ad hoc. Examples of taks include: drafting/proof reading document, legal research, and creating property portfolios.
Daily interactions were with all of those in the firm, from print room to partners - all working collectively to achieve the best result most efficiently.
External interactions were most with councils in trying to obatin information. Other interactions included client contact, mostly the provision of information to them.
Responsibilities would depend on the task in hand, but generally quite a lot of responsibility was given once I had established myself in the department.
Projects included amassing due diligence on a multi-strategy investment group, drafting letters and deeds for property sale, and compiling information on properties owned or rented by a university and researching charges and obligations held over the properties.
Each day was different because of the nature of the work.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Working closely with 2 Assistant Paralegals developed my teamwork skills immensly as we all had to be available to help each other with busy projects and had to know each other's capacity in order to accept work on their behalf.
Managing conflicting deadlines was another skill I developed as many tasks were simultaneous and often were urgent. Pre-plannning and teamwork were the solutions.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The firm was extremely welcoming and most of my colleagues had a genuine interest in in my devlelopment, always taking the time to explain things to me or teach me new things. I enjoyed high pressure tasks with a lot of responsibitlity. My expectations were exceeded, I had a fantastic time and genuinely enjoyed Mondays.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
Very. Feedback was always positive and constructive. I was frequently told of how appreciated and important i was.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme was well organised and structured to begin with. Once I was settled into my department a more natural structure ensued. This is a positive aspect of the programme.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is basic but met my costs given that I was living at home.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There were many opportunities sporting, social, and charity-based. All of which I thouroughly enjoyed.
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
For anyone considering a career in law; this will help you decide and strengthen all future application (legal or otherwise)
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Research the firm and the industry well.