After a busy induction day at the Glasgow office, I was looking forward to meeting my team and getting involved in the inclusive culture of Pinsent Masons. Even before I had settled down at a desk I was asked if I would like to attend a meeting concerning a new legal technology project that Pinsent Masons and a client are leading. This was a fantastic opportunity to see how legal tech is implemented in practise and the types of new clientele that the firm is attracting through its focus on innovation.
During the three weeks at the Glasgow office I attended several training sessions with the Banking & Restructuring teams. One thing that stood out was the firm’s focus on researching the impact that new laws and rules could have on clients, and the need for continuous development within this evolving sector. I also had the chance to join the Sun Roadshow Conference where I observed how committed Pinsent Masons is to ensuring equality in their global workplaces.
My trainee buddy and supervisor were a massive help in explaining the inner-workings of several major transactions that the Restructuring team are currently working on, and I was able to get involved with the work. This gave me a unique understanding of the types of multinational deals that the firm is involved with, and it was exciting to know that my work could contribute (even in a small way) towards these large transactions. I also had the opportunity to sit in a call involving the Atlas intranet portal where I witnessed first-hand how the firm is encouraging innovation by constantly seeking new ways to improve existing services both internally and externally. Needless to say, it’s been a varied few weeks!
Throughout the course of the placement I really got a feel for the flexible nature of Pinsent Masons through the implementation of the “agile offices” structure and learning more about their global working connections. By chatting to my trainee buddy and to other trainees in different teams, I was able to gain a deeper insight into the working life of a trainee. One thing I loved in particular was everyone I met was approachable and welcoming, and I felt that I could ask questions if I ever needed advice on a task.
The social aspects of the firm added to my overall enjoyment of the placement. Having lunch with the trainees was a great way to meet new people and learn about their experiences. Of course, the cocktail-making masterclass was a fun-filled evening along with the end-of-month office and farewell drinks. As well as being a chance to unwind, these events were an opportunity to network and meet people outside my team from across the office.
To conclude, I would recommend the Pinsent Masons summer Vacation Placement to anyone looking to work in an inclusive and friendly environment where even from day 1 you can get involved and contribute to your team!
Vaila spent 3 weeks in our Glasgow office but we guarantee that no matter which location you choose to apply for, you will be exposed to a high-quality work, networking opportunities and insightful meetings so you can make the most of your placement with us.
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.