The Lawyer Portal recently caught up with Lottie Sandberg, a trainee solicitor at Freshfields.
In our interview, we speak with Lottie about the highlights, challenges and daily tasks of a trainee solicitor at Freshfields, the importance of commercial awareness as well as top tips for making the most of a Freshfields training contract.See all Training Contract Deadlines
I am 5 months into my Freshfields training contract and I am currently sitting in Dispute Resolution.
The tasks are incredibly varied so every day is different. Work may be high pressured, time consuming and intense, but it is certainly never repetitive or boring. By way of example, my day today consists of reviewing 1,000 documents before we disclose them to the other side, researching the implications of the Supreme Court’s Brexit judgement and volunteering at a housing law clinic.
Accompanying my team to the Royal Courts of Justice to watch weeks of my work (and years of theirs!) play out in a high profile trial.
The biggest challenge has been transitioning from an academic world to a more practical world where essays are eschewed in favour of succinct and easily accessible advice.
Commercial awareness is crucial for any trainee solicitor. Freshfields provides added value to our clients by helping them achieve their business aims. We must therefore be sound business advisers as well as legal experts.
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