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AM: Grab a coffee. Catch-up meeting

for the big merger I'm working on -

we're preparing a notification for the

competition authorities in the EU and

co-ordinating filings with local counsel

in Australia and New Zealand. Draft

the weekly email update to the client,

then research previous European

Commission online advertising

case law to help an associate who is

drafting a particularly tricky part of

the submission.

Lunch: Attend a firm-wide training

session on mindfulness as part of

Mental Health Awareness week.

PM: Call between a prospective client

and my supervisor. Try to keep my

handwriting legible - I'll be asked to

write up a note of the call later.

After work: Dinner with my

housemate. We have differing

schedules but try to set aside at least

one evening a week to hang out.


AM: Research competition aspects

arising from yesterday's prospective

client call.

Questions are in from the

Commission on the merger

notification, so today's main task is

to calculate estimates of our client's

market share for the last three

years. I'd never thought of myself

as a numbers person, but I enjoy

the analysis.

Lunch: Lunch at desk.

A week in the life of...

This was a fairly typical working week when I was a trainee in the Competition group.

For simplicity's sake, I've excluded the smaller five-to-ten-minute tasks that routinely

punctuate a trainee's day, such as looking up precedents or certain clauses within

transaction documents, small research jobs and admin tasks such as arranging

conference calls.

PM: Add my research to my note of

yesterday's prospective client call and

send to my supervisor. Continue with

my calculations.

After work: Travel to the Islington

Law Centre, where I volunteer once

a month. Today I'm advising on a

housing disrepair claim.

Katie, associate, English Literature graduate

from Warwick University



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