A Day in the Life of a Trainee Solicitor in the “For Business” Commercial Property Team

Start your day
8:30 am
9:00 am
10:15 am
5:20 pm
5:30 pm
8:30 am

Arriving at work, I start my day by looking through any emails that have been received overnight and also checking my calendar for appointments I may be required to attend. I then review and update my tasks for the day.

11:30 am
12:45 pm
2:00 pm
2:15 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
8:30 am

Arriving at work, I start my day by looking through any emails that have been received overnight and also checking my calendar for appointments I may be required to attend. I then review and update my tasks for the day.

9:00 am

My first task is for one of the Associate Solicitors in the Commercial Property team, who has asked me to create a lease report for one of the matters they are working on. This means creating a report for their client which summarises the terms of a lease they are considering into plain English.

10:15 am

Not long after completing the report one of the Senior Partners in the team asks me to complete a research task regarding a Service Charge dispute on an industrial estate. The dispute is between the tenant and the management company, the Partner asks me to draft an email for him. He will then use this to formulate the advice he sends onto the client.

11:30 am

I have been asked to attend a meeting with a developer at the Northampton office. The developer will be giving us an update as to the status of the development they are working on, the number of plots and any issues that have cropped up since we last met. During the meeting the developer invited us for a site visit. As a trainee solicitor at Tollers I spend a large amount of time meeting with clients, as my seat mentor feels this is important in facilitating me to have first-hand experience and learn how issues are dealt with on behalf of our clients.

12:45 pm

Break for lunch. The Partner from my previous seat in the Corporate team has offered to take me out for lunch, to thank me for my hard work.

2:00 pm

Immediately after lunch I take a call from a client who is a local businessman. He would like the lease he has for a commercial unit revised. I take all the relevant details and explain that I will call back with a quote once I have liaised with a senior solicitor. Part of my role as a trainee solicitor is to conduct the initial contact with clients, identifying their issues and providing quotes for my team.

2:15 pm

The commercial property department at Tollers is always busy so the partner responsible for my department has asked me to produce a lease for one of his commercial clients. I set about locating all the relevant documentation relating to the purchase of the premises. I find a precedent lease that is appropriate and begin making the necessary amendments required in order for it to cover the client’s needs. I print the lease and pass it to my supervisor for him to make any further changes.

3:30 pm

I have been asked to check a set of Commercial Property Standard Enquires (CPSE) for a Free hold property. CPSEs are a comprehensive set of enquiries that the buyer raises to better understand the property he is about to buy. As a trainee solicitor it is my task to mark up any sections that require clarification from the other party’s solicitors. Once I have worked though this I report back to my supervising partner.

4:00 pm

We have a new client who has appointed the firm to assist them with the sale of an office block they own. I have been asked to attend a site visit by the senior solicitor dealing with the matter. As a trainee solicitor this allows me to meet the new client and have a look around the property itself. As although we have the plans for the property, the best way to assess the site is to view it in person.

5:20 pm

We return to the office and this allows me to check any emails that I missed while I was out and also update my daily tasks list and put together a plan for the next day.

5:30 pm

I leave promptly as I have been invited to a local golf driving range by a local firm of accountants for a networking event – part of a trainee solicitor’s role is to network and build their contacts in the local business community.  Attending events such as this is a perfect way to meet my peers and build relationships for the future.

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