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A Day in the Life of a Trainee

University of Liverpool – Law LLB (Hons) - Degree 2:1

Nottingham Trent University - LPC - Commendation

Seats - Commercial Property and Planning 


I arrive ready to start my day. I am greeted by the friendly faces of my colleagues in our open-plan office. Whilst my computer is logging on, I check to see which post has arrived for the planning team. As a trainee, it is useful for me to keep track of how matters are progressing within my team in order to support all of the fee-earners. I notice that we have finally received some Agreements which urgently need to be forwarded on to our client, and I action this first thing by drafting a letter to the client and forwarding this to the fee earner for approval. I create my to-do list for the day to help me prioritise any tasks that need to be progressed urgently this week.  


Our team have a brief catch up meeting in which we discuss a networking event from the night before. I attended the event with various Roythornes staff members and we share interesting connections and contacts that we met during the event. Roythornes see it's trainees as future partners, and the exposure to networking events as a trainee is a great opportunity for me to develop my networking skills at an early stage in my career. In the meeting, my supervisor assigns me tasks for the next few days, such as preparing a bundle for a client conference with Counsel which we will attend later this week.


I am reviewing my to-do list for the day when my supervisor informs me that a long-standing client has instructed us to urgently progress a Section 106 Agreement on their behalf. I am asked to locate and review the Land Registry Official Copies to the site and prepare a brief report on the main obligations in the Section 106 Agreement and to highlight the land ownership position to the site. I use knowledge learnt in my first seat in commercial property to review the title and highlight any points of concern or interest for my supervisor.


 I have a catch-up with my supervisor to review the draft report to discuss the strategy that will be employed for reviewing and amending  the Agreement. It is a great opportunity to ask my supervisor questions to better my understanding and explore ways to improve my work. Planning is a fast-paced environment, but my team always ensure that my work is supervised so that only the best work is sent to the client.


A developer client calls and asks for an update on the various infrastructure agreements that we are progressing on their behalf. After speaking with the relevant fee earner, I inform the client of any urgent matters over the phone and confirm that we will send a full review of the current status of the Agreements by email later today. I have learnt that all client queries should be prioritised to be answered on the same day, so I urgently prepare a report on the various Agreements and send it to the client. 


 For lunch today I have a meeting with the events team. Events team members from our other offices tele-conference into the meeting and we discuss that a recent bake sale raised a great amount of money for our charity of the year. We plan our year-round events calendar whilst eating lunch and catching-up with each other.


Back at my desk, the letter which I sent to my colleague for approval this morning has returned with some suggested amendments, and my colleague kindly sits with me to explain the amendments. I save a copy of the letter to use as a precedent for the next time when I progress a similar matter.


Now that most of my urgent jobs have been completed, I take the time to research a point of law for the Section 106 Agreement that we are progressing to better my understanding. I ask my colleagues if they have dealt with the same issue before and they point me in the direction of the statute that I should use for my research.


I telephone our client, and Counsel, to confirm details of this week’s conference. In readiness, I pack up my note pad so that I am prepared to take detailed notes in tomorrow's conference, and I ensure that our case bundles are prepared and can be easily followed in the meeting. I also dictate attendance notes for my various phone calls during the day. 


At the end of the day, I meet up with some fellow trainees who started at the same time as me, and we head to a local young professionals pizza and quiz night which Roythornes are sponsoring.