When I was first asked to write a script for a ‘day in the life of a trainee’, I laughed. To describe a working day at HBJW in generic terms is optimistic given that there is no set structure to a day; an example of the way that independent working and time management is encouraged at the practice.
The types of tasks I undertake are varied and to reel off a list of these would not make for particularly interesting reading. I am currently based within the Personal Injury department which is always busy and daily tasks never seem to follow a set pattern.
For example, I can start to draft a lengthy witness statement or Instructions to Counsel and then a client will telephone to ask for an update on their case. Flexibility is a key element at HBJW, being a Trainee at the practice has taught me that the ability to prioritise matters is an essential skill.
I work very closely with the Partner in charge of the team, Andrew Collingbourne, who is recognised as an expert in the Personal Injury field. I am given a good deal of responsibility in the day-to-day progression of his files and I am always able to consult with him for a second opinion or advice on how best to deal with issues that arise.
Furthermore, I know that should I ever have a concern with my training, I am able to approach the Partner who is responsible for the trainees, Nathan Hennah. He knows the demanding way the practice works and this allows me to discuss matters openly and frankly with him.
HBJW consider their trainees very much as the future of the practice and that approach is reflected in the training that we receive here. We are given responsibility and are set challenging and varied work which allows us to improve and develop as future Solicitors.