My first day at Gillespie Macandrew was a mixture of both nerves and excitement as I didn’t know what to expect. However, my nerves were quickly extinguished due to the welcoming and friendly nature of the HR team who quickly integrate you into the way of life at the firm. The first day consists of a welcoming introduction, tour of the office and IT training in the morning followed by lunch where you meet your buddies and mentors from the team you are assigned. The atmosphere is very relaxed and it was a great way to get to know the team, ask any questions and meet other trainees and solicitors from other teams within the firm.
My internship consisted of four weeks in the Land and Rural Business team which provided me with challenging yet rewarding work that was extremely varied, so there was never a dull moment. I was a little apprehensive at first as I completed my law degree around five years ago and felt I would be quite rusty in terms of the Law. I was concerned that this would have an affect on the work I carried out. However, I was quickly brought up to speed by my ‘buddies’’ and ‘mentors’ who gave me useful training in the basics of Conveyancing and Property Law as well as providing me with an insight into agricultural law and other areas that the Land and Rural Business team deal with. There were also further training sessions on other areas of law such as Dispute Resolution and Private Client which have been very useful in bringing me back up to speed. Everyone in the team has been very welcoming and friendly as well as approachable which makes it easier when you need to ask questions, of which there are a lot!
When you are offered an internship at Gillespie Macandrew, don’t expect menial tasks like making the tea, (although the roll run is important!), as you’ll be given work on current client matters that will test the skills you have developed throughout your degree and throughout life. During my time in Land and Rural Business I have been involved in a wide range of work including carrying out searches and due diligence on land and property, and conducting research for NFUS queries. I further benefitted from extensive drafting practice and experience, which included drafting client letters, dispositions, leases and offers. I didn’t need to worry as much as my buddy and mentor helped me through the work and approved it once it was done.
The internship is not only about work experience but also being introduced to the firm’s social side. You will be invited on various sports team events such as 5 a side football and hockey league games as well as the end of the month staff drinks, internship drinks and your own team’s social event. The internship has been a great experience and a very useful introduction to professional practice prior to starting a Diploma and any potential traineeship. I would highly recommend the summer internship to anyone considering a career in Law.