Trainee life in Leeds


My name is Jon Cherry and I have just begun my first seat as a trainee at Pinsent Masons in the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) team.  I graduated from Newcastle University in 2009 with a degree in Philosophy and have then subsequently completed the GDL and LPC at the College of Law.  About 50% of trainees at PM come from a non-law background so my route here is far from unusual.

It can be quite a daunting experience walking to the office on your first day and being ferried off to your desk but one thing you can definitely count on is the support of your fellow trainees, old or new!  One of the best things I have experienced so far in my few weeks here is the togetherness shown by all the trainees.  Whether it is work related or out on a social there is nothing you can’t ask, nothing is stupid!  My growing list of questions ranges from technical stuff relating to procurement contracts to “where do I put my dirty plate?” whilst in the deli.

I was fortunate enough to already have a number of friends amongst the Leeds September 2012 intake, one of the many positives to studying alongside one another during the LPC at the College of Law in York, and was familiar with others from various events we had attended prior to joining the firm; so it was comforting to know that whenever something I was unsure of came along there was a group of people I could turn to for support.

On top of all this, the social aspect to life at Pinsent Masons is second to none, nights out a plenty, endless sporting opportunities, I myself being a member of the football team – not the one that lost 17-0 last week though!  I have only been in the office a matter of weeks and the calendar is already getting full around the Christmas period!  All I’ll say at this point is don’t arrive ready for your training contract or vacation placement thinking its all work and no play!  Yes, there is a lot of work, but there is also plenty of play knocking about.

One thing I’m thankful of is that I managed to meet so many people whilst on the GDL and LPC, building up a relationship with people during those years has stood me in good stead this year.  It meant I arrived at the induction with friends in the room already, and it also means I have built relationships with trainees at other firms which will be invaluable in the future as we rise up the career ladder in our repsective firms.  So when you get to college or if you are there already, don’t be a stranger!

Hopefully next time I write I will have asked more poignant questions and wont have to give a match report detailing a mauling…