Anjali Aravindhan, Associate
Anjali provides a flavour of what life was like in the office before working from home became a necessity, and before she qualified in September 2020.
I usually try to get into the office around 9-9:15am so I have a little bit of time to settle in (and grab a coffee!) before the usual start time at FW which is 09:30. Having checked my emails on my commute into the office, I usually respond to any urgent queries as soon as I get into the office. I also start the day by making sure my task list is up to date and try and plan out my day.
This morning is the weekly employment team meeting during which each member of the team will discuss their capacity for the week and this is usually a good opportunity to hear about the different matters that various members of the team are working on. I use this opportunity to let the team know that I have capacity to assist with new matters and this is a great way to try and get involved in a wide range of matters.
This morning I have been asked to review an employment contract for a new senior hire at a well-established client of ours. I start by reading through the contract and mark up the contract with my suggested amendments. I also prepare an email to the client summarising the key provisions and highlighting our key areas of concern. I then send these drafts on to my supervisor for review.
Lunch. A few of the trainees have decided to grab lunch together today from our favourite pasta bar in Broadgate circle. This is a nice way to catch up with the trainees in other departments at the firm and allows us to step away from our desks for a bit.
Back to my desk and time to start preparing bundles for an upcoming employment tribunal hearing. Bundling is a key task that trainees are often asked to assist with. It involves putting together a folder or folders of all the documents that will need at the hearing so it is very important that this is done correctly. This often involves a large number of documents so careful attention is needed.
My supervisor comes back to me with comments on the employment contract I had marked up earlier that day. After discussing the changes, I send off the documents to the client.
The partner with whom I share on office with has just asked if I would like to join a client call and take a note. After a quick introduction on the background of the matter, I sit in and take a note of the call. Following the call, I help the partner prepare a follow up note to the client summarising the advice given during the call.
I usually leave the office around this time depending on my workload. I make sure all my time recording narratives are completed before heading out. I head home after a busy and fascinating day looking forward to the week ahead.