Georgia Betts - Day in the life
Solicitor Apprentice, Chelmsford
Georgia is a Solicitor Apprentice in our Chelmsford office, currently working within our Chelmsford Liability team
We look at various areas including team targets, work-load capacity, development, client information, legal updates, training sessions and knowledge updates.
Georgia Betts, Solicitor Apprentice
I get to the office early and eat breakfast at my desk whilst I take a look through my emails and prepare a to-do list for the day.
I am an early bird so I am often in before 9:00 and say good morning and have a catch-up with my colleagues as they arrive. I then get started on my tasks for the day. I prioritise my court deadlines in the morning and my most urgent tasks. This includes drafting statements of cases, court forms and client reports.
I have weekly catch up meetings with my supervisor, my sub-team and bi-monthly catch up meetings with the sub-division. We look at various areas including team targets, work-load capacity, development, client information, legal updates, training sessions and knowledge updates.
I take a walk to stretch my legs and get some fresh air. I either return to the breakout area or we often take picnic blankets and sit in the park on nice days to eat lunch. I can catch up with my close friends in the office and also catch up with colleagues from other teams.
I also enjoy checking the picture updates that my dog walker sends me every day.
I have received an urgent file with Defence due tomorrow. I review the evidence in the file, value the claim, prepare a note on prospects of liability. I then draft a client report with my advice and draft the Defence for my supervisor to check. Once approved, I will send it to the client for their urgent instructions and make sure to send out the Defence ahead of the deadline.
I spend some time conducting a research task for one of my colleagues that I am completing in bite-sized chunks throughout the afternoons ahead of the agreed deadline of the end of the week. I update the research trail to keep a record of the accuracy of my sources and start drafting my memo to the handler with a summary of the relevant legal principles and how they will apply to their issue.
When I get home around 18:30, I take my dog for another walk. I then do an hour of studying each evening whilst making dinner. After dinner, I relax with my family and watch some TV before bed.