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Graduate Recruitment

'Family in-law'

Honor GilesI arrive at the office and make myself a cup of tea; I can't function without a good cup of tea!  I check my emails, making notes of those that require urgent attention and client instructions.

I then make phone calls to Chambers to see whether Counsel is available to attend an Ancillary Relief pre trial review in several weeks time. I also take instructions from my supervisor regarding a Decree Absolute application that needs to be made next week.

Next, I attend a client meeting with my supervisor.  The client is a victim of domestic violence and the meeting centres on a possible application for a Non-molestation Order. After the client meeting, we discuss the client's issues and I am asked to research Non-molestation Orders and draft letters for the client.

I carry out the research and create a memorandum summarising it for my supervisor. Research tasks are a really good opportunity to demonstrate your ability to apply legal principles to a client's situation. I also draft the letters for my supervisor's approval. After handing in my work to my supervisor, I dictate an attendance note of the client meeting.

At 1pm, I eat lunch with the other trainees in the Atrium. Topics of conversation range from brainstorming ideas for charity fundraising events the trainees are involved in to planning our day out for an upcoming Higgs trip to London!

I spend my afternoon amending an attendance note of a client meeting I attended with my supervisor. The meeting involved a client who required detailed advice on divorce and complex financial matters.  

Later, I spend some time reading through some notes to ensure that I have everything I need in preparation for a final hearing that I am attending tomorrow.  I make a to do list of any work that needs to be finished tomorrow after the hearing.

After work, I drive to Birmingham to attend the launch event of PROTECT, a new service being launched by the Family Department. The launch event is an opportunity to raise awareness of the new service by networking with barristers, financial advisors, and other professionals. The event is a lot of fun and the evening turns out to be a great success.

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