Life as a London trainee
In August I was thrilled to find out that I would be undertaking my third seat in our London office. It is now November, and I can hardly believe how quickly the time is passing by…
Nearly half a year ago the Firm relocated its office in Chancery Lane to 12th Floor, 6 New Street Square. It is an impressive building with fantastic views of the city skyline – admittedly a pleasant distraction from work sometimes, and lots of exciting eateries nearby (even better).
Looking back, my first few weeks as a London trainee were a bit of a blur. Although I am based within the Corporate team, my role in this seat is to also support the London office in general, wherever needed. This was one of the aspects of this seat that I was really attracted to – when else can you dabble in so many different areas of law?
My experience so far has been very different to either of my previous seats (Employment and Real Estate), as I expected. I have been able to assist with all manner of Corporate, Commercial Litigation, Immigration, Employment and Property matters, and working in a smaller office has provided me with a new insight into how the departments frequently cross-over or work together on the same deal.
It is hard to summarise a 'typical day', but the seat has certainly exposed me to plenty of client-facing situations, conferences and meetings (some of which I have been able to run myself), all of which have been invaluable experiences.
As the London trainee I am tasked with court runs, often working to very tight deadlines. I can safely say that this was my biggest worry when I started! Thankfully the Royal Courts of Justice and Roll's Building are only a stone's throw from the office, and attending court is usually quite exciting. During week two I did find myself in the Royal Courts of Justice appearing before a Master, having flashbacks to the advocacy module on the LPC and being paranoid that I would knock on the wrong Master's room or not address them correctly. Another highlight has been issuing proceedings for an injunction right at the last minute, which was definitely thrilling. Although it was followed with a train journey to Luton on a Friday evening with the documents for service, but it can't all be glamorous...
Another great aspect about being a trainee at Michelmores is that you are afforded lots of opportunities to get involved with events outside the workplace, and are encouraged to volunteer for charity work. On my second day as a London trainee I found myself volunteering at a charity gala dinner event at the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists on Regents Park, even managing to rub shoulders with the likes of Dame Barbara Windsor.
The firm have certainly made my transition to working in London seamless. I am based in the trainee flat at Clapham Common, which is a fantastic, vibrant area with lots going on, and only about a half hour commute to the office (although I do try to avoid the Northern line in the morning at all costs!) London life is exceeding expectations, and I am using my weekends as a tourist wisely.
If you have any questions or would like more information on being a trainee, please feel free to get in touch, leave a comment below or tweet @MMtrainees.