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A day in the life of a trainee

Emma Langhorn talks about life as a trainee at Lewis Silkin.

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Why did you choose law and LS?

Although I didn’t study law at university, I always planned on converting to law.  I applied to LS in my final year at university and spent some time with the firm on a vacation scheme over the summer.  I found the breadth of the firm’s strength across so many fields (especially in the HR and creative spheres) and the great work life balance that it promotes really appealing.

What’s the best thing about being a LS trainee?

Being part of such a small trainee intake is brilliant. It was one of my key motivators for applying to LS and is something that I really value about my TC. The trainee intake is really close and provides you with a ready-made support system of like-minded people who are in the same position as you.  The small intake also means that you feel valued as an individual and are able to involve yourself in a huge variety of work throughout your TC.

What work have you been involved in during your seats/describe a typical day?

One of the elements of being a trainee that I enjoy the most is how varied it is.  Each day is different and presents new challenges.  For instance, this week my work has varied from taking notes in a Roundtable discussion about data protection between partners and clients, to researching the nuances of employment contract law.

What is the quality of training and support like during your training contract?

Because of the small trainee intake the training that we received is personalised to us. HR and the training principal are very responsive to any gaps that we identify in our learning and are always keen to help us improve.  We have monthly trainee meetings with HR and the training principal as well as regular catch-ups with our supervisors to discuss our objectives and work-load to ensure that we can get the most out of these two years.

Describe our culture?

Collaborative, fast-paced, and fun.

What skills do you need to become a successful trainee at LS?

Enthusiasm, curiosity, and diligence.

What advice would you give to future trainees?

I think that the key to being a successful trainee is your attitude.  Fee earners won’t necessarily expect you to be an instant expert on the law for the seat that you are in, but if you can show willing and a desire to improve, there’s very little that can stop you!

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