1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
The fast-paced world of telecommunications really pushes you out of your comfort zone. From having to perfect the art of rhetoric and persuasion to feeling the pressure of KPI targets, this job is the perfect fit for an aspiring lawyer as having customers essentially be clients. It really was a huge push to accomplish.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
it teaches you the importance of rapport and maintaining those relationships. The similarities of working in the tech sector to the corporate world make this an enjoyable and rewarding job, where no two days are the same. This week-long work experience consisted of me closely shadowing barristers and reading up on current cases.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
As well as attending courts such as The Old Bailey, to first hand see the law physically being executed.As we collaborated on ideas and exchanged views, it helped me sharpen up on skills such as communication and being open to other people’s views and criticisms, as the days went by.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Particularly, analysing the highly controversial case Prince Jefri Bolkiah v KMPG was one of the many highlights as we dove deep into the world of human rights law, seeing how judges come to making their decisions. Looking at cases and seeing how barristers found discrepancies and such really opened my eyes into the technicalities of being a barrister and how much attention and critical thinking it requires.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
At Macfarlanes, the quickly changing and rapid nature embedded into the life of a solicitor really shone through. Emergency client meetings and paperwork deadlines occupied the day to day business of the solicitor I was shadowing, opening my eyes to the intensely pressured reality of a lawyer in London City.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
This, along with grappling the niche aspects of the corporate life really helped me solidify my yearning to be a solicitor, as I had to learn to quickly face the harsh reality of high pressure and long hours, an aspect I feel I am ready for, and will be in the future.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
This London based law firm offered students the chance to see how real-life firms operate. We were given opportunities to engage in intellectual debates with partners and solicitors. This programme consisted of us shadowing various professionals in their daily roles and seeing what type of business they conducted on a regualr basis.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
Although every day would vary, my time here was spent looking over cases and learning how to draft contracts between the firm and clients. This experience, on the whole, allowed me to gain first hand, primary insight into the corporate sphere, enabling you to see how accurate your perceptions on the world of law truly are.
9a. Would you recommend Wedlake bell LLP to a friend?
Although the future seems incredibly daunting and pressurising at a time like this, it is something expected to be firmly set and engraved in your mind. For me, Law has always been the enticing pathway to follow. From small scale productions such as debates in my literature class, my passion for justice seems to always prevail through. Becoming a Barrister right now is the ideal profession for me.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Wedlake bell LLP?
A renowned programme such as this would give me a real chance at pursuing top tier higher education . By displaying something of this level of sophistication, it graces me with the opportunity to list it on my personal statement and demonstrate my willingness and engagement with education outside the classroom.