1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
In the mornings you recieve a presentation on a certain aspect that the firm specialises in, and are sometimes given tasks to do on it. The presentations are given out by trainee solicitors at the firm. Then during the day you go into a practice area of one of the areas of law (eg. commercial), each day you will have a different presentation given out by different trainee solicitors and will enter into a different practice section. In the practice sections you are given tasks and assist the solicitors in the jobs they are doing. You are always introduced to everyone in the office you are working in and made to feel like a member of the team, tea and coffee is always availiable which is great!
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
You learn to be more confident talking to people in the proffession you hope to be entering into. It is also good revsion for law exams as you cover most of the things in it and actually see them working in action which is a good thing.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The work was quite complex and could be boring at times, especially when you were given work that was very lengthly. The team were really nice and down to earth which made it a lovely experience as you felt involved and there were no silly questions. The culture was friendly and everyone got along and was easy to talk to and made you feel comfortable. I did enjoy it but i realised that working in a commercial law firm just isn't for me.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
You are made to feel part of the team and are introduced to everyone and everyone is easy to talk to and will be prepared to help you out. Feedback was given on the tasks that you complete which makes you feel valued as it feels like the trainee solicitors are actually taking interest into what you have spent your time doing.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The induction was quite drab, the person presenting the induction was quite late and we were waiting around for a while. It was well organised and a welcome pack was given out with a timetable with exact times and rooms where you were supposed to be, so it was easy to find out where you were, name badges were also given.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
You got feedback on the work which you did, but other than that not a lot of support was given which is understandable as the trainees are obviously very busy. The staff were very eager to answer any questions and help you out with your time here.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I never was introduced to the manager, i met a few partners very briefly but it was trainees who we spoke to for the whole experience.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
We did not get paid it was work experience.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
We were invited to go along to social events but as it was a busy time whilst we were at the firm none was taking place. We were invited to join the trainees at seminars which was interesting and we were also invited along to training programmes which the trainees did. A quiz was given to us to complete and a prize was given out to the winner which was exciting. Manchester is a big and fun city so their were many opportunites to go out after work, which i took full advantage of! When we werent working, we went out and got food, went for drinks and just enjoyed being out in the sun.
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
Its a good experience and the team are all really nice and encourage you to be the best that you can be. You gain some valuable skills which will be needed in the future and i personally thought it was a good experience to find out whether the job would actually be right for you in the future and whether you actually found it interetsing.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Research the firm first to find out what they specialise in and any recent press releases they might have been involved in as it makes you look interested.
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