A Day in the Life of a Litigation Trainee
Abby Griffin gives a run down of a typical day as a Litigation Trainee. Here’s what she had to say…
I started my traineeship with Gilson Gray last August and my first seat has been in the litigation department. It’s safe to say I’ve learned a lot during my first five months within the team and this blog post will give you an insight into a day in the life of a trainee solicitor in the litigation department.
Each day varies so I like to begin my day by going through my emails and creating a list of tasks in order of priority. This helps me to stay organised in a fast-paced environment.
This morning I had one of our bi-weekly meetings with the marketing team. I really enjoy these meetings as they give me an insight into how the firm is marketed and all the work that goes on behind the scenes of our social media pages. I’ve really enjoyed having the opportunity to get involved in the firm’s marketing strategy at an early stage in my career.
After our marketing meeting, I had a case update meeting with two of my colleagues. We’re preparing for an upcoming Proof in the Sheriff Court so this meeting was to go over our current position and what we need to prepare in the run up to the case calling. During this meeting, I gave an update on the Inventory of Productions and Chronology I have drafted and received some updated actions points for moving forward.
I spent the rest of my morning reviewing and drafting some sequestration documents before heading off for lunch with a few of the other trainees.
This afternoon I had a mediation in which I was representing the firm. This was my first mediation by myself so I was quite nervous. Although I had spent time preparing for it, this was a new process to me and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Despite my nerves, I soon got into the swing of things and negotiating with the other party came naturally after the initial introduction stages.
This mediation lasted for three hours and took up the rest of my afternoon. Considering this was my first mediation, I was happy with how it went and I’m looking forward to my next one which is set to take place in a couple of weeks.
That takes us to the end of a busy day in the litigation team – thanks for reading, and to anyone looking for a traineeship I urge you to apply for a Traineeship with Gilson Gray.