Sheena Purohit - Day in the life
Trainee Solicitor, London
Sheena is a Trainee Solicitor in our London office, currently working within our Casualty Coverage team.
Every week, I have a catch up meeting with my supervisor. It’s very informal and allows me to talk about my week and the tasks I’ve been working on.
Sheena Purohit, Trainee Solicitor
I would usually begin my morning with my commute into the office but since working from home, I use the extra time to exercise, have breakfast and catch up on some news before heading to my desk to start the day.
I login at around 9am and begin by looking through my diary to see what meetings I have. I then go through my emails and prepare a ‘to-do’ list setting out my tasks for the day in order of priority.
After grabbing a cup of tea from the kitchen, I complete some background reading into a matter ahead of a call with a witness at 10:30.
I dial into a Microsoft Teams call with an Associate to virtually meet with the witness and take a detailed attendance note of his evidence to allow us to prepare a draft witness statement later on.
Following the call, I have a brief catch-up with the Associate and he asks me to prepare the first draft of the witness statement for his review in a weeks’ time. I check through and finalise my attendance note and send it to the Associate to review.
One of the benefits of working from home is being able to cook my own fresh lunches. I enjoy cooking so it’s a nice break away from my desk. During the summer months (weather permitting!), I take lunch outside in the garden.
An Associate in the team has asked me to conduct some research on the Disclosure and Barring Service and to prepare a detailed note of my findings so that she may advise the client. I spend the afternoon preparing the note using the firm’s extensive research databases.
Every week, I have a catch up meeting with my supervisor and dial into Teams for a virtual chat. It’s very informal and allows me to talk about my week and the tasks I’ve been working on. These catch-ups are really useful, especially whilst working from home, to allow my supervisor to check-in with me to ensure I’m getting a variety of work from different members of the team and for me to raise any questions I may have. It’s also a good way to keep in touch whilst we aren’t able to meet in person.
I have been invited to attend an inquest hearing with counsel next week so I make a start on reading the key documents in the inquest bundle to gain a better understanding of the background and issues in the matter. This will also aid me in taking a detailed note at the hearing.
I check my diary for tomorrow and log off at around 18:00. I then head downstairs to catch up with family and make a start on dinner.