From deeds to delegate lists

It is inevitable that graduates will continue to flood into the City of London to find jobs following university.  They are drawn by its variety of opportunities, position as a financial centre of the world and vibrant social life.  However, it is rare to experience the buzz of such a working life prior to gaining a training contract or graduate job.  That is unless; you take part in the Pinsent Masons Gap Year Programme which allows you to be part of an international organisation from an early start.

Following eight months working in the firm’s Birmingham property department I was given the opportunity to move to London and work in the Banking & Restructuring team.  In May 2012, three partners joined the team from Lawrence Graham and they brought with them Europe’s largest restructuring and insolvency conference.  Subsequently in October 2012, Nick Pike organised the Pinsent Masons Restructuring and Insolvency Conference for the first time and there were some five hundred delegates in attendance.  Over the past couple of months I have been organising the conference.

Working directly alongside a partner to organise such a high profile event, thought to be the best the industry has to offer, is a unique experience and requires a variety of skills.  You are required to be well organised, have the ability to deal with a variety of people, think on your feet, meet deadlines and have a keen eye for detail – all of which I have been developing during my placement at the firm.

30CPOn the other side, London life is not just all work.  The London office has allowed me to continue and develop my relationship with the firm’s corporate responsibility programme, Starfish.  This included attending a talk by the inspirational leader of the charity ‘Kids Company’, Camilla Bhatmanghelia, and supporting mentoring sessions at local schools.  Out of the office, further activities are available through client cricket matches and the legal softball league.  The client cricket matches are held on late afternoons and early evenings throughout the summer, with one of the events recently being held at one of the oldest cricket clubs in England.  The softball league runs throughout the summer on Monday evenings on the hills of Regents Park overlooking the city.

The chance to work in your gap year is an invaluable experience; working in an international law firm in the heart of the City is even better!

Jon