Day to day as a trainee at GA
I am eight months into my training contract at GA and have been pleased that no two days have been the same. Trainees are given the opportunity to really get involved in all aspects of the firm.
From day one of my first seat in the company commercial department I was given huge exposure to clients and professional contacts. In client meetings, I am tasked with taking notes of the meeting and typing it afterwards which really helps me to engage in the meetings. It is also really important to understand what the clients want and recognise that this may be different for each client. There is no substitute for client contact so it has been a great experience and very interesting to meet such a vast array of new people.
Not only are we given the opportunity to meet clients, we are also able to attend law fairs and marketing events. It is always enjoyable to mix with new people and share experiences.
Another task that trainees are often given is legal research. This is a great opportunity to learn, as you are often given a niche area to research, so the depth of your knowledge is developed. You then have to present your research which provides a further opportunity to develop different skills, depending on the method of presentation. Legal research is often linked with writing articles for various audiences. This allows you to expand your knowledge of the subject matter and also your general commercial awareness.
Since moving to the dispute resolution department, I have been involved in preparing bundles for trial which is a different way to get to know a matter which, in some circumstances, has been going on for years. Preparing trial bundles provides invaluable insight to the case when you attend court and attending tribunals has been one of the most interesting aspects of my training at GA, as well as the mediation stages prior.
In the absence of targets you are given the opportunity to learn and develop in a relaxed environment alongside three other trainees with whom you can share your experiences. GA is always keen to learn from past experience and it is nice to know your voice is being heard. I am really looking forward to my next two seats and continuing to develop my skills and knowledge in such a supportive environment.
Emma Webb, trainee solicitor