Legal Support Coordinator at Pinsent Masons

Start Date:
2013
Programme Type:
Gap Year Programme
Salary:
£14,000 annually
Review Date:
April 2014

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Review Score

10 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

10/10

My role is a Legal Support Coordinator in the Banking and Restructuring team. This mainly involves assisting the national banking and restructuring paralegals. I get involved in all stages of a banking transaction from the searches at the beginning to the post completion work at the end. Work I completed includes; company searches and report forms, registering security at Companies House, drafting CP checklists and corporate authorisation documents, liaising with fee earners and clients, creating bibles and sending out original documents. I also get involved with the restructuring part of the team which mainly includes carrying out security reviews, from the appropriate insolvency searches to drafting a report to be sent to the client.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

10/10

I have learnt and developed many important skills during my time with the firm. This includes attention to detail, organisation and communication skills. I have much more commercial awareness and I have learnt a lot about the legal sector, banking and restructuring and working as part of an international business.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

10/10

I really enjoy my work with Pinsent Masons. I find the work really varied and interesting. I enjoy the office environment and the lifestyle that it created. The company as a whole is incredibly friendly and welcoming and I have always felt a part of the Banking and Restructuring team, all the staff have been lovely and the experience has well exceeded my expectations.

4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?

10/10

Every piece of work I complete comes with appreciation from the person that requested it. All the fee earners are grateful when hard work has gone into completing the work requested and I feel I was able to get really involved in many transactions.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

10/10

The programme is really well organised. The induction was in London and the training was in Leeds (I am based in Manchester) therefore I was able to meet people from other offices. The support from the paralegals and other staff was great and I met with my supervisors regularly for appraisials. All the staff are great at delegating tasks and are open to being asked questions, it doesnt matter what role someone is in, everyone is really apporoachable which has made it so enjoyable.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

10/10

There is a lot of support from everyone in my team, this includes those delegating the work and other colleagues. My supervisors were always around if I needed any support.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

10/10

There is a lot of support from everyone in my team, this includes those delegating the work and other colleagues. My supervisors were always around if I needed any support.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

10/10

I have moved out for the course of the time I am with the firm, although I have help from my family to do this the salary would be able to cover the costs and save some money if I chose to commute to work.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

10/10

There are lots of opportunities to get involved in the local community work for example I help out in a primary and high school. Also to get involved in raising money for charity such as selling cakes etc. There is many social events which means that you get to know your colleagues and also have a really great time.

9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

Because the experience is not only enjoyable but will look great on your CV!

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?

I would say to get involved in as much as you can and to really make the most of the experience you are given. Whether this is though social activities, charity events or new pieces of work.

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