Bright Solicitors: Day in the life as a Trainee Solicitor

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Joseph Moulding, Trainee Solicitor within our Commercial Department, shares his day to day life at Bright Solicitors.

8:45am: I arrive at the Bright offices, grab a drink and log in to begin the day. I take a look through my emails and deal with any matters that require immediate attention. I formulate responses and send out to the client, or internally, anything I can that does not require assistance from my supervising partner. As a second-year trainee, I have taken on a more independent role within the firm, developing the knowledge necessary to manage files individually. Notwithstanding this, I am mindful to utilise the wealth of experience that I am surrounded by to clarify my decision making is commercially sound. I spend the early part of the morning creating a to-do list to get a scope for the rest of the day, and further to get an idea for what the working week shall look like. I find it vital to create an order of priority where I can, to greater manage the expectations of the firm’s clients, as well as my supervising partner.

10am: The Commercial Business department have a bi-weekly meeting to catch up on matters. These generally occur at the beginning and mid-week. We take the time to discuss the work that we anticipate to be involved in that week, with my supervising partner allocating different tasks to the respective team members. This is a great opportunity to raise questions, report findings and hone in on the focus that is required by each individual.

10:30am: My supervisor has set me the task of marking up a share purchase agreement for a company sale. The nature of our department guarantees that each matter is bespoke – there is no formulaic precedent that can be adopted for every transaction. This in turn means a diligent drafting process.

1:00pm: At this point I venture out for lunch, always trying to go for some fresh air with a few colleagues.

1:30pm: I return to my desk and put together an email to my supervisor, reporting on the drafting I have done. I find it important to justify and explain each decision, strengthening my ability to argue and advise on the legal position to the client. This also creates the opportunity for my supervisor any errors, or areas to improve.

2:15pm: I take a call from a prospective client looking to exit from their role within a company. In this particular instance, they wanted to know their position under the governance from an existing shareholder’s agreement. I type up an attendance note and revert to my supervisor on my thoughts and next steps.

3:00pm: I will spend most of the latter stages of the day trying to check off as many tasks on the to-do list as possible. I have a catch up with my supervisor, discussing the draft documents, calls, emails and any completed tasks from the day, trying to take on board all of the feedback I can.

5:45pm: I organise my inbox, update my to-do list in readiness for the subsequent day and ensure that my time recording is complete before logging off to head home.