Case study

Cecilia Ricks — Trainee solicitor


Cecilia is a trainee solicitor within the employment team at Fladgate. Discover what a day in her working life is like

  • 7:30am

I normally arrive at the office around 7:30am. Having cycled into work I go and have a shower and get ready for the day in the changing rooms.

  • 8:30am

Upon arriving at my desk, I like to take some time to review my emails and plan my day accordingly. I review the amendments to some Heads of Terms I’ve been sent and email the partner in charge, setting out my opinion on the proposed amendments and suggesting some next steps.

  • 9:30am

I have a catch up with a couple of the work experience students before they start their sessions for the day. I will meet up with them again on Friday evening for something to eat and bowling.

  • 10:00am

I am responsible for preparing the final hearing paperwork bundle for an employment tribunal and have been assisting with setting up and preparing for the witness interviews. I make some further amendments to the bundle, as well as preparing a list of questions to ask the witnesses.

  • 11:00am

I have a call with the partner in respect of my earlier email regarding the Heads of Terms. We discuss the other side’s proposed amendments and I am instructed to email the client about the Heads of Terms and suggested next steps.

  • 12:00pm

I have a call with a solicitor colleague regarding the hearing bundle and the witness interviews.

  • 1:00pm

I head outside to grab some lunch – being in Covent Garden, we always have a wide array of restaurants and coffee shops to pick from.

  • 2:00pm

I have a catch-up with one of the first-year trainees who will be joining the employment team in September.

  • 2:30pm

A partner and I have a call with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service to explain a potential claim our client may want to bring against his former employer.

  • 3:00pm

I continue to work on some of the hearing preparation.

  • 5:00pm

I have been asked to review the employment related disclosures for a due diligence exercise. I review the instructions and start to review the documents in the data room.

  • 6:00pm

I leave the office to go and do some sport. Various departments organise events in the evening, such as Prosecco Friday. People occasionally head out to some of the nearby pubs for drinks before heading home.

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