A Day In The Life of.......
  • 4th Apr 2019
  • Article written by Jack Staker
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Summarise what your job is?

As a trainee solicitor a large part of my job role is to assist the fee earners in my department with any and all aspects of their active matters. My duties in this regard can range from drafting tasks (i.e. leases, report on titles etc.) to client correspondence to dealing with post completion formalities when matters conclude etc. I also have a few of my own matters to deal with which is obviously great for my development. All that being said it is also my job to continue to learn and develop with a view to qualifying in 2020.

How do you get ready to start your day?

My morning routine is very much leaving things until the last possible moment! Get up as late as I can, speed dress and then quickly sort out the hair before the rush to beat the traffic. That being said I do like getting into work early if possible as I find the quiet to be productively beneficial, so starting the workday a bit earlier is something I aim for.

What is your favourite part of the job?

My favourite part of the job is the satisfaction I get when a matter I have had a hand in completes. Property by nature is of course inherently transactional and so being part of transactions that affect people’s work and home lives is majorly satisfying when everything goes to plan. Even with trickier matters there is a sense of both achievement and relief when they complete and getting everything over the line is, in the end, worth the agro.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

For me as a trainee it is asking questions when I get stuck. I am lucky in that, being a trainee, nobody expects me to know everything or to be able to do everything right all the time (but obviously that would be ideal)! Some might even say the point of being a trainee is to make mistakes so that they can be learnt from and not repeated. I have come to learn pretty quickly that although it is sometimes hard approaching busy fee earners with questions (some of which I regard as being daft) it is a necessity to make sure wires don’t get crossed, matters proceed as they should without undue delay and that I continue to learn and progress.

How do you relax when you finish work?

Following work I like to go to the gym for an hour or so a few days a week to keep my body ticking over. Other than this I like to spend time with my girlfriend and chill out in front of the football!