A Day In The Life of Amy Turner-Ives
Summarise what your job is?
I am a Trainee Legal Executive in the Tax and Estate Planning department in the Maidstone office. I assist fee earners with the day-to-day conduct of their files, undertaking drafting of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Grant of Probate applications, and attending meetings to take instructions. As a side, I am a volunteer Dementia Friends Champion for the Alzheimer’s Society. The firm actively supports the Dementia Friends initiative and allow myself and other Champions at the firm to conduct regular Information Sessions both to staff and other businesses and organisations in Kent. This is extended by my membership of the Building a Dementia Friendly Maidstone community group, which is a constitution promoting dementia-friendly services and activities in the county town, where my colleague Bekka and I co-ordinate the social media pages.
How do you get ready to start your day?
With a vat of tea! I can be quite grouchy until I have had a cup, so I try to make sure to have one before leaving home and make the first department tea round of the day to ensure that I have done my bit and can then focus on the tasks ahead.
What is your favourite part of the job?
Every day is different, and I take pride in ensuring that I am assisting clients either prepare for their future or guide them through difficult times in losing a loved one. Our clients come from all walks of life, and it is very interesting to hear about their life experiences and what lead them to coming in to see us and determining how we can assist.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
As a Trainee Legal Executive, I study in my spare time via distance learning, so it is easy to feel like I am always working! However, I believe that I have adopted a good work/life balance to work towards my goal of qualifying, and I am fortunate in that my friends and family do not mind too much if I cannot make an event or gathering because I have to focus my priorities in preparing for the next exam.
How do you relax when you finish work?
I go home to spend time with my cat and husband (normally in that order, much to my husband’s dismay!) and love spending time in the kitchen attempting to cook different recipes for dinner, which have varying success rates. I also enjoy reading and watching the latest drama on television when I have the time to commit to a series.