I spent my vacation scheme divided between the contentious trusts and succession team and the family team. During that time my tasks were varied from; writing up attendance notes after client calls, completing simple legal forms (including a divorce petition) to undertaking legal research. I also attended court, several meetings with clients and a training session for trainees and associates (on the American legal system and their wills and trusts practices).
I was fortunate enough to go to the Central Family Court with my supervising partner for a divorce case. It was fascinating to see how solicitors and barristers work together, and how deals are often struck outside of court. We were at the courtrooms for over seven hours before seeing a judge, meaning many conversations with our client on both professional and informal matters. Crucially, this time allowed the barristers from each side to meet in the corridors and thrash out a suitable arrangement, so the judge merely ‘rubber-stamped’ an agreement already reached. Our clients avoided a potentially acrimonious court dispute, and it was rewarding to see our client’s relief and delight when we achieved a favourable result for her.