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Gemma Nash

Employer: Covington & Burling LLP

University: Cardiff University

Seats: Technology & Media, Corporate, Secondment to Brussels to the Competition team, Dispute Resolution


9:00: On a typical day I get into the office at 9 am.  I check through my emails and work out what needs to be done for the day.  My supervisor, who I share an office with, arrives at the same time, we have a quick catch-up. 

10:00: I get started on reviewing documents that my supervisor has received on an internal investigation we are working on.  As the investigation is being handled by both our London and US team, I am responsible for uploading the documents to a shared folder to ensure everyone working on the matter can access the documents, and updating the team generally.  I am also responsible for updating a schedule of documents / information requests which helps us track which documents / information we have requested from the client and what has been received / is still outstanding.

12:00:  A senior associate calls me and asks me to research a specific question in relation to the new offence of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion under the Criminal Finances Act for a client.  This involves using our various online resources such as PLC and Westlaw to find the answer.

13:00:  Lunchtime.  I go downstairs to meet a couple of other trainees and we then head out for lunch.  The office is surrounded by many of the barrister chambers in London which have beautiful outside spaces.  We sit in Inner Temple Gardens to eat and catch-up.

14:00: I arrive back to my desk and finish off the research task and email across my results to the senior associate.  I then return to the internal investigation I am working on for my supervisor and start reviewing the documents we have received in more detail.  I make a start on updating our chronology of events, this document helps set out key factual events that have happened in order for us to analyse exactly what has gone on and for us to work out where there are gaps. 

16:00:  My supervisor asks me to sit in on a call with the client and our US team.  Lots of the work at Covington involves working with both US clients and our US offices so afternoon calls are very common.  I sit in on the call and take notes for my supervisor.  I then spend some time after the call tidying up my notes so they can be shared with the team.

17:30:  My supervisor is attending a seminar the following week where he is presenting on the UK legal framework on anti-money laundering.  I begin pulling together a PowerPoint presentation that he can use during the seminar. 

18:30: Covington has a softball team which play in a corporate league over the summer.  At 18:30 I jump into a taxi with other members of the Covington softball team and head to Primrose Hill where we compete against other law firms in the city.  After the game we head to a nearby pub for a couple (hopefully) celebratory drinks.