A Day In The Life of Alec Davie
Summarise what your job is?
I am a trainee solicitor at Whitehead Monckton, meaning that for each six months over the two years of training I will be put into a different department to assist the fee earners. This provides me with numerous skills to learn and develop, such as drafting various documents, communicating with clients over many formats and overall increasing my legal knowledge within the departments I spend time in. All of this is done with the aim of qualifying as a solicitor in 2020 and putting the skills I have learnt into practice.
How do you get ready to start your day?
I like to go to the gym before work when possible. I understand that this isn’t how everyone likes to start their day but I find that it wakes me up and puts me in a positive frame of mind before starting work. I then like to get into work a bit early so that I can make a coffee and look over any emails before looking at my list of things to do and go from there.
What is your favourite part of the job?
I enjoy the variety of work you get as a trainee. As I am moving between teams every six months I get to practice a range of areas of law to identify which areas I enjoy. Furthermore, within the six months in each department I work for several fee earners who will each specialise in difference areas within that department and will often work in their own unique way. This results in the work I do varying each day.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
It is often challenging to balance the deadline for completing work with quality of work. When you have numerous fee earners giving you tasks with tight deadlines you need to work efficiently to make sure they are all done to an adequate standard and within the timeframe expected. While this is a skill you grasp quickly as a trainee, when moving between departments at the end of your six month seat it is also a skill that partially resets as you start fresh with a new area of law and start to work with new fee earners.
How do you relax when you finish work?
After work I usually like to not do a lot. I spend a lot of the evenings watching TV series and films while also occasionally going to the driving range and playing football at the weekends.