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A day in the life of…
Emily Daly, Trainee Solicitor, Wedlake Bell LLP
Departments to date: Insolvency, restructuring and recoveries; IP and commercial disputes (current seat)
University: Durham University
Degree and class: Anthropology, 2:1
06.00am: I wake early to make it to a class at the gym which is down the road from the office. Wedlake Bell employees are offered a discounted rate.
08.40am: When I arrive I have a chat with some of my colleagues and sit down to review any emails that have come in overnight. I update my to-do list accordingly. Due to the variable nature of the trainee role this can often go out of the window by 11 am.
09.00am: I pop upstairs to grab some breakfast. Porridge, toast, crumpets and toppings are available every morning.
09.10am: A longstanding client calls up with a new matter for the commercial litigation team and sends over the relevant documents. I am responsible for looking through them and piecing the evidence together before a call with the client this afternoon to discuss the merits of the matter and the strategy we think we should employ. It is important that we move quickly on this, so the to-do list gets put on hold for a few hours.
11.00am: I have finished collating the documents that came in this morning and have a list of points we need to clarify with the client. I run through these with the supervising solicitor and discuss any queries she has.
12.00pm: Another team in the firm has been advising a client on a matter relating to three jurisdictions. I am asked to assist on some research about rules on service in the relevant locations and to feed back to the partner and associate in a meeting.
1.00pm: I head upstairs for lunch with some fellow trainees and sit on the balcony.
2.00pm: When finalising preparation for the client meeting which is due to begin in half an hour, I am asked to draft a letter to court urgently. I have done similar letters before so I use a precedent and get the letter sent in time to attend the meeting I prepared for this morning, which lasts for a few hours.
4.00pm: I call the other side to a trade mark opposition that we are involved in. There may be a possibility of settling the dispute, but we need to negotiate the wording so that both our clients are happy with the position. Once this is done, I write to the European Intellectual Property Office informing them of the amendment, diarise to check for a response and update the client.
5.00pm: A response has come in from the other side on a matter we are trying to settle. It is a fairly sensitive matter, and so it is important to consider the best way to provide an update to the client.
6.30pm: There is a friendly firm netball match vs accountancy firm we share the building with. Before I leave, I close my time, update my to-do list for the next day and check whether anyone else on the team would like help with anything, We play the match and head out for a drink afterwards.
9.10am: A variety of tasks come in throughout the day. One of the biggest parts of being in an in-house legal team is protecting the organisation, including the brand. I am therefore currently writing cease and desist letters to third parties who are infringing our trade marks.
1.00pm: I head to the local park with a few legal team colleagues.
2.00pm: The risk team are providing training via an interactive workshop with the whole team which lasts all afternoon. It is a great insight into the challenges all business clients face.
4.00pm: A number of meetings are arranged for the next day to discuss some of the more complex advice that I have given to the business.