NATALIE MEEHAN Second year trainee, Banking, Restructuring and Insolvency
Upon receiving my invitation to the Firm’s Summer Vacation Scheme my first emotion was absolute joy and my second absolute fear! However this was soon alleviated. We were provided with a timetable for the week which was reassuring as I knew what to expect. As well as being allocated to a specific team for the week, the placement involved various assessments, including a group presentation. This assessment helped the group to get to know each other and was a testing challenge at the end of the week.
In the teams we were given trainee level tasks to undertake, such as researching and drafting. We also received presentations from the various departments, which provided really useful insights into the Firm’s wide variety of practice areas. There were plenty of opportunities to socialise with the other Vac Schemers and current trainees, including lunch out with the trainees on the first day and socialising after work with a mixture of lawyers and partners later in the week. Throughout the Vacation Scheme the Firm was supportive and approachable. This has been the case since being offered my training contract. Before joining, we received invitations to dinners and social events, balls (including the Firm’s annual Summer Ball), the AGM and the annual Charity Run. These events were invaluable for developing relationships with existing trainees and my future cohort. The pre-induction event, which took place after I finished the LPC, was a great bridge and final preparation before commencing in the September. I couldn’t wait to join and am really enjoying my time at the Firm so far.
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