I was absolutely overjoyed when I found out I had managed to secure a place on the Vacation Scheme at Pinsent Masons in Manchester and after completing my first day of the scheme, I could safely say that my excitement was not misplaced.
The day began with a tour of the office and, being on the top floor of 3 Hardman Street, I was constantly distracted by the stunning views of Manchester that greeted you at every turn. Afterwards, I was taken to my department, CAD (Construction and Advisory Disputes), which I had indicated as my preference prior to starting the scheme due to its reputation for being the best in the industry. I was greeted by my trainee buddy and my supervisor – they were both very eager to meet me. I was then introduced to the rest of the team, all of whom were very friendly.
After getting to know one another, I was shown to my desk situated directly opposite a partner and senior associate. This made me feel like a valued member of the team and gave me an opportunity to learn about the high-level work in which senior members of the firm are involved. After settling in, my buddy briefed me on several tasks she prepared for me and I was encouraged to ask questions if I ran into any problems.
Before starting, I made sure to complete the online IT Training which was essential to understanding how to complete and file my work. Afterwards, I launched myself into the tasks which ranged from research to admin-based.
Before long, it was lunchtime and all the vacation scheme students were treated to a Welcome Lunch at a great Italian restaurant just a short walk away from the office. This was lots of fun, as we were able to get to know the trainees in a more informal environment. The conversation ranged from experiences on their different seats to what happened on Love Island – even lawyers enjoy a bit of trashy TV!
After leaving the restaurant, full of tiramisu, I returned to my desk to finish the first of my research tasks on practical completion in building contracts. I spent the rest of the day using various resources provided by Pinsent Masons to complete the rest of my assignments. Having checked (and rechecked!) my work, I then sent this off to my Trainee Buddy who scheduled a feedback meeting for the next day to discuss it. I finished my day by recording everything I did so that I could refer back to this when preparing for the Training Contract assessment at the end of my placement.
I honestly could not have asked for a better start to my Vacation Scheme. After my first day, I was looking forward to see what the rest of my placement brings.
Just as the second lockdown struck, so approached application deadlines for vacation placements. So, here’s an overview of how I got to know Pinsent Masons virtually.
Read about Taylor's experience of our Virtual Vacation Scheme
Anne Sammon is an Employment & Reward Partner in London. Anne has significant experience in tribunal and high-court litigation in areas including discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistleblowing.