1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I did various different task during my week at the commercial law firm. The tasks varied from writing letters, checking Land Certificates, dealing with trust boxes, doing an inventory of documents, writing briefing notes for clients, research on things like the pension protection fund etc. and doing a court run to collect and deliver documents to the court and other solicitors. I worked with a different department every day( Property, Pension, Construction and Employment) so I was able to get to know many people from each department.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a lot about each department and what they do on a day-to-day basis. I also learnt about different aspects of law and how the lawyers interact with their clients.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed my programme a lot as each day was completely different from the day before which made it exciting and interesting. Everyone that I interacted/worked with in each department was very friendly, approachable and helpful. The firm and its employees exceed my expectations and made my time at Pinsent Masons memorable and enjoyable.
4. How valued do you feel by Pinsent Masons?
I felt very valued as the tasks I was given to do were always of importance within the department. The Trainee Solicitors couldn't have been more grateful when completing a task for them or helping them with research.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I felt that the programme was extremely well organised as everything seemed to run like clockwork. I received a full induction and tour of the office on the first day and everyone seemed to be well informed of the work experience students that would be in the firm for the duration of the week.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Whenever I needed support from a Trainee Solicitor they were happy to help at any time. I didn't need support all the time but when I did they were very approachable and friendly.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I was supported well by my mentors at all times as they were easy to reach at all times so that I could get more tasks/jobs to complete.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I was on an unpaid work experience programme so I wasn't expecting to be paid.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
9. Would you recommend Pinsent Masons to a friend?
It was a great experience and was able to give me a better insight into what the job is like and whether or not I would be interested in taking this career path in the near future.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Pinsent Masons?
Don't be afraid to ask questions, no matter how stupid they seem, everyone is always happy to help in any way they possibly can.
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