Fawad Rashid, Trainee Solicitor
Fawad provides a flavour of what life was like in the office before working from home became a necessity.
I aim to get into the office by 9:00, so I can enjoy a quick breakfast and coffee, and check my emails. If there are not any emails that require an urgent response, I check my task list for the day to make sure I’m prepared for the day!
We have a dispute resolution department meeting every other day to discuss ongoing matters in the department and look at capacity levels for the week. It is a good platform to brief the department on matters that I am involved in and if I am quieter than usual, I can detail my capacity levels so I can support my colleagues elsewhere and get experience of a wider range of matters.
I receive a call from a partner asking for assistance on a new matter. It is a claim for a breach of contract and the client instructed us to obtain a debt order from the court.
I am asked to draft the claim form and the particulars of claim. These documents are required to file a claim with the court. As this is my first time drafting these documents, I ensure that I take detailed notes when speaking to the partner and ask as many questions as I can, before beginning to draft.
After drafting the claim form, I ask one of the associates to proof-read it and ensure that I have covered the key points and structured the documents correctly. The associates at the firm are very invested in the development of the trainees and they often spare time to guide us through any work we might have or answer any questions.
Most matters are made up of a team of either a partner and a trainee or a partner, a trainee and an associate, which helps to maintain contact with and learn from more senior members of the firm.
Lunchtime! The trainees often go to lunch together and it is a great time to catch up on everyone’s day in their respective departments. It is also useful to understand the type of work that I may be doing in my next seat rotations through having lunch and a chat with the other trainees.
I receive an email from another partner asking if I can put together an urgent draft order. A draft order accompanies an application to the court and is essentially the order that you are asking the Court to make, and if granted, the Judge will sign and approve. After a quick introduction on the background of the matter, I put together the draft order. As this is the first time I am putting together a draft order, I search for a precedent on the department’s systems to make sure I get the correct information. I make a note to speak to the department head about keeping the precedent bank updated.
I receive an email from the associate on the draft claim form to discuss the work. It is common in the firm for associates to make the time to go through the work and provide detailed feedback. This allows me to take detailed notes on the constructive feedback and continually improve my work.
Shortly after, I finalise the draft order and email it to the Partner. He asks me to discuss it together and he provides feedback on the draft. I am very pleased that my work is reviewed right away, and it allows me to quickly make the required changes and bear them in mind for the next draft order that I am tasked with. I then send the updated draft back to the Partner for sign off.
I manage to catch the head of the department to discuss my thoughts on what I can do to help maintain the department’s precedent bank having used it to put together the draft order. After a short discussion, I note down action points that were discussed and map out the next steps I can undertake on this project.
Depending on my workload, I can usually leave the office around this time. Before I leave, I ensure that my daily task list is complete and close all of my time narratives. I make note of any matters that might need addressing tomorrow morning to leave a reminder for myself.