8.30am: I arrive at the office early and head up to Cloud 9, our staff restaurant, to enjoy a cooked breakfast with some of the other trainees. The sun is shining so we sit on the terrace and enjoy the views across London. We all try to meet regularly to catch up and discuss our various seats.
9.15am: I head down to my office, make myself a coffee and begin making a to-do list for the day. My supervisor has scheduled a meeting with me at 9.30am to discuss a new deal and set me some tasks.
9.30am: After checking my emails, I am asked by my supervisor to produce a first draft of a legal charge for a new matter. We discuss the structure of the deal and the issues that will need to be addressed. As part of the team, trainees are given a high level of responsibility and are expected to assist in drafting important documents. I download the Taylor Wessing legal charge precedent and begin making the necessary amendments.
11.00am: I attend a short training session which is delivered by our professional support lawyer. Regular training sessions are important to ensure the team is always aware of new developments in the law.
11.45am: I continue with my drafting of the legal charge. As the deal involves some development work, I speak to an associate in the construction and engineering department for assistance. Taylor Wessing has a great collegiate atmosphere and departments often work closely with each other.
1.00pm: I head outside the office to grab some lunch in the sunshine. A large temporary screen has been installed in the square outside where I can watch Wimbledon while reclining in a deckchair!
1.45pm: I arrive back at my desk and have a voicemail message from a trainee at another firm wanting to discuss some amendments to draft board minutes. I call her back and we negotiate some wording to be inserted. I check this with the supervising associate who agrees it is appropriate. I email the trainee to confirm the board minutes are agreed.
2.30pm: On a separate matter, I attend a brief conference call with a client to discuss some outstanding points in a draft loan agreement and take detailed notes. Following the call, I assist my supervisor in incorporating these points into the document. Many of the outstanding points are commercial (rather than legal), however it is important that everyone understands the client’s concerns.
4.00pm: I sit down with my supervisor to discuss my draft legal charge. He makes some amendments to ensure the document is more favourable to our client. We then send the document to the borrower’s solicitors for their review.
5.00pm: I update the ‘CP checklist’ for another matter that I have been working on. The CP checklist records the progress of the ‘conditions precedent’. I collect updates from the various departments working on the matter. I also speak to our counterparts at a law firm in New York who are advising the client on aspects of US law. The multijurisdictional nature of the work can be very interesting and trainees are often the main point of contact for foreign counsel.
6.30pm: The firm is hosting a client summer drinks event and I have volunteered to assist with welcoming the guests and handing out name badges. When all of the guests have arrived, I grab a cold beer and network. Events like this are a great opportunity to meet and speak with clients in a friendly environment.