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Sally Scrivener, Trainee Solicitor

What’s your current role and how long have you been at the firm?

Trainee solicitor based in London. I have been at the firm for 3 months.

Give an example of a typical day in your role

I get into work at 8.30am. I make a hot chocolate and read through some emails. I get any small admin tasks out of the way and make a to do list for the day. My day often involves a call with my supervisor and a good mix of drafting legal documents, such as deeds and wills, and assisting the department with admin tasks. There are often department wide calls which can be really informative as well as a good opportunity to virtually meet other members of the department. I often order lunch from Charlie’s, the firm’s café, and I either eat at my desk if I am busy or in the café if I feel like having a break with colleagues. Every day brings a great variety of work; I have been to an in-person will signing, I have accompanied a surveyor and a contents valuer to a property on behalf of the firm and I am currently assisting with a tax advice note. I usually leave the office between 6 and 6.30pm; my supervisor has been fantastic at reaffirming the fact that trainees are not expected to stay late and I only get in early because the tube feels safer early in the morning.

What do you enjoy most about working at Charles Russell Speechlys?

My favourite part about working at Charles Russell Speechlys is that the firm has struck the perfect balance between providing excellent supervision and making me feel like I am trusted to do work on my own – a difficult feat during COVID. I have only met my supervisor once in person, but he called me every day at for the first two months and we now video call three days a week at the very least. I feel like I can go to him with any piece of work and get good feedback without being made to feel like I am bothering him. In addition, I have drafted deeds for complex trusts and been able to help with a tax advice note; both of these things are far above my current level of expertise but I feel as though I have been trusted to give them a go, which is very intellectually rewarding.

What one piece of advice would you give to a Future Trainee starting in their legal career

Be free to express who you are and what your real interests are; the firm is made up of a constellation of different individuals and personalities and there is no standard “Charles Russell Speechlys person”. At application stage it can seem as though firms want you be single-mindedly focused on law and know exactly what you want and why, but as a non-law student I found that showing willingness to learn was equally important.

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