9.15am: I start my morning by picking up some breakfast and a coffee from the staff restaurant and I head up to my desk in the competition department. I check my emails and write a list of tasks I need to complete over the day (although depending on what comes in, that doesn’t always go to plan!).
10.00am: I’m currently working on a merger notification that will soon be submitted to the UK’s competition authority, the CMA. The competition department is working alongside the corporate department to get a merger approved. Overnight the other party’s lawyers
have given us comments on the notification document and I review them with my supervisor.
10.15am: I work with an associate to address the comments. I draft an email reply laying out our response to the issues raised and highlight information that we’re still waiting to receive.
11.00am: My supervisor organises a call with our client to get additional information about their different business divisions. This information will feed into the merger notification so a detailed record is essential. I sit in on the call and make notes which I later write up and circulate to the internal team.
12.00pm: Once changes have been made to the document, I carry out a thorough proofread and feed any amendments into the master version.
12.30pm: To take advantage of the nice weather, I head out of the office for lunch with some other trainees. We wander to the amazing food market on Whitecross Street just behind the office and choose from one of the many food stalls.
1.30pm: My supervisor is also working on a new matter relating to the energy sector. She asks me to do some preliminary research into past decisions of the UK and EU competition authorities to see how they’ve previously defined the relevant markets and to see if there is any publicly available information relating to the parties’ turnover in different countries.
3.30pm: I dash down to a training session given by an associate in my department on dawn raids. He gives first-hand examples of scenarios he’s encountered and practical advice on how to approach them. Training is a core part of any trainee’s working life at Slaughter and May. There are sessions held at all levels of the firm and by a cross-section of internal and external speakers (one day you’ll attend a strategy talk by a partner about Brexit, and the next it will be a talk on mindfulness by a member of HM Treasury).
4.45pm: Up against a deadline, my next job is to jump in a taxi to take some documents to the CMA before it closes for the day. I make it in time and deliver the documents to the case officer dealing with our matter.
5.30pm: Upon getting back to the office, I return to my energy sector research. My supervisor has also asked me to look into any information indicating the total market size and the parties’ respective market shares. I get in touch with the enquiries desk in the knowledge centre who helpfully provide me with some sector-specific reports. I review the sources and update my note before sending it on to my supervisor.
7.00pm: After checking my emails for a final time and ensuring my time recording is up to date, I check in with my supervisor to see if there is anything else which needs to be done today. The answer is no, so I head to the pub down the road to grab a glass of wine and for a catch up with other trainees from my intake.