Conversation between colleagues

A day in Professional Negligence

First thing:

I always start by reviewing the tasks I have to complete today. This may seem a little obvious but when you are busy and have a lot to do it is so important to take a step back and prioritise the tasks for the day – this list will always be subject to change! Be prepared for unexpected and urgent tasks that inevitably appear.


I spent a few hours this morning finalising some research in relation to the costs for a claim. I draft the detailed response to the other side and discuss with the relevant fee earner what I have found and how I have come to the decisions I have reached:

There have been a number of developments on several files and so I prepare the updates to be sent to the clients to confirm our next instructions.


I have a meeting with a fee earner on a file that I am assisting them with. We discuss the progress I have made and they agree with my suggested next steps. These strategy meetings are a great way to check that I am progressing the matter well and also enable me to ask any questions on the file or area of law going forward.

New file:

My supervisor asks for my assistance reviewing some new documents we have received in relation to a new instruction. I review the documents and give an overview of my findings.

Conference call:

Another fee earner has a conference call on a file which they will ask me to assist on in the future. As such they invite me onto the call to take notes and to develop more of an understanding of the background. Following the call we discuss the tasks they want me to complete and I dictate an attendance note of the call.

Networking event:

In the evening I have a networking event with other young professionals in Bristol. We attend a local law school to be interviewed by prospective applicants looking for tips on the application process. This is followed by drinks and time to catch up with other trainees and professionals in Bristol.


(Cecily is a trainee in our Bristol office. She joined us in March 2013 having studied Law at Reading University and the LPC at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice).