1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a work experience student who for the past week have been allocated different departments to go to within the firm, such as Corporate, Procurement, Tax and Employment, along with having a trainee solicitor as guidance. My tasks have ranged from researching different topics, summarising case files as well as looking at case studies and deciding if they were right or wrong in their decisions, providing legal evidence.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I feel I've developed my research skills in concisely finding out specific information needed, as well as extending my use of sources for research. Similarly, I feel my writing skills have improved in becoming more concise.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I've enjoyed the work given to me, it's allowed me to learn in detail about different department work as well as challengede me in the way I think and carry out tasks. The team here at Pinsent Masons are very friendly, helpful and a pleasure to be around and work with, living upto their company vlaues of 'Approachable.Bold.Connected'. The programme has met my expectatons and gone beyond! I didn't think I would be so involved within the teams and doing work which is relevant to their current cases. I've enjoyed my time here very much, I've learnt a lot and, if had the chance, do it again.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
I feel the work given to me has been of value to the staff as it's work related to their current ongoing cases and has built startng points of research.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel the programme has been well organised, and has fitted to the schedule we were given at the start. The induction presentation was very helpful in informing us of what to expect as well as additional presentations given throughout the week have been useful and informative. Only slight comment I would make would be the way in which we didn't know what departments we were in until we looked at an email sent to us. Even then, the schedule was changed a few times.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I've recieved a lot of support on the most half from the solicitor trainees. They have been helpful in explainging the departments they are in, the work they do, what they've currently been involved in as well as given me tasks that have been fully explained. Any questions I might have I feel comfortable in asking them. On the other hand, at times it has been hard to talk to the trainees when they've been busy with other work, which is understandable given the profession, and it has still been interesting to watch their every-day kind of lives in the office.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Though I haven't had to use it, I know form the introductory presentation given by the HR team they are very friendly and approachable and any quiries we might have, not to be bothered to ask them.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The location of the firm has been convenient for me since its accessible by train, where the train station is literally next door to the building.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
In our welcome packs we've been provided booklets to do quizes in, fill in information we've found about different departments etc which has been interesting.
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
I've felt I've really been engaged with the teams here at Pinsent Masons, everyone is friendly, helpful and the whole atmosphere welcoming.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Research beforehand the type of work Pinsent Masons do and if its relevant to you adn you will enjoy learning and doing tasks involved with it. Also, don't be nervous, the firm here is really friendly and you'll have a great time as long as you make most of what they have to offer!
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