Case study

Charlie Welman — Trainee solicitor

Womble Bond Dickinson
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Charlie studied Law with International Legal Studies at the University of Southampton. She now works as a trainee for Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD), currently on secondment at New Look

The calibre of clients that WBD offers secondment opportunities to always made the firm stand out to me. Being able to work directly for New Look, one of WBD’s biggest retail clients is proving as invaluable an experience as it is enjoyable.

WBD have supported me throughout my time at New Look. I’ve been able to engage with partners across WBD who have always provided advice and guidance if ever I’ve needed it.

A typical day looks like this

8.50am - I arrive in the office and stock up on the free fruit that gets delivered to us in the morning.

8.55am - I arrive at my desk. I have a brief chat with my supervisor, Nadya, about an email regarding some advice from an external firm on a contract for New Look in China. I have received an email from New Look’s senior brand manager, she has asked for a meeting to discuss the registration of a new trade mark we are hoping to use in an upcoming campaign. I head down to ‘the Hub’, our onsite café, for the meeting. I go over the difficulties involved with registering the mark and I pose some commercial considerations, which her team will need to consider.

9.45am - Time to prepare for an internal catch-up call I have with Neil, one of New Look’s commercial solicitors in a different office. Later in the day we will be advising the relevant teams on the ability to terminate a contract.

10.00am - Neil suggests I draft a chronology of key dates so we can clearly map the correspondence to date and assist our stakeholders with their negotiations.

11.00am - Time for a tea break and a quick review of the newest products that have hit the New Look website.

11.10am - I begin reviewing terms and conditions for an upcoming project with a high-profile media company.

12.20pm - The procurement manager needs me to amend a letter that is being sent out to a supplier. I re-draft the letter as a deed and tweak it as necessary.

13.00pm - Time for my meeting I have been preparing for. I take the relevant teams through the risks they need to be aware of but give them a clear steer on how we should approach terminating the contract.

13.50pm - Lunchtime. Off to a barre class with Nadya.

14.40pm - I email out to our external lawyers in China to chase them on some points we need confirming in respect of Chinese law.

14.45pm - Back to the reviewing the terms and conditions I started looking at earlier in the day.

15.35pm - I begin to draw up a table, which can be shared with relevant teams to raise any specific points they need to be mindful of in the terms and conditions.

16.30pm - Directors will need to sign a bundle of deeds tomorrow morning that I have been working on. I proofread the deeds and make corrections as necessary.

17.00pm - Email in. I’ve been invited to the private showing of ‘Mamma Mia’ at Universal’s Screening Rooms. I helped negotiate on the contract for our partnership with the film so it’s great to see everything coming together.

17.45 - Nice early finish and off to see the new Alexander McQueen documentary with the investor relations manager, Carla.

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