Trainee Life Outside London

Having spent the last month or so making the transformation from LPC graduate backpacking in South East Asia to trainee solicitor in the firm’s banking department, my first impression was that Manchester is much more than ‘just one of the regional offices’.   Not only is the shiny new Manchester office highly impressive (on the eleventh and twelfth floors complete with views spanning as far as the Pennines) but the people are friendly and welcoming, from my fellow trainees to the partners.   So it turns out life up north is not as grim as some Londoners would have you believe…

Getting to know colleagues has been great fun and easy to do through training and social events like nights out for drinks and dinner, and most notably the training week in Bedford, where us Manchester trainees even won the talent contest by dressing up as mime artists and putting on a show, acting out our own rendition of the notorious health and safety video.  A good social life has naturally followed, whether it’s just Friday drinks in the office Deli (which usually turns into an evening out in Manchester city centre),  Monday night five-a-side football (a good laugh, with a standard not quite as low as originally expected).   A recent weekend even saw trainees and qualified solicitors team up to tackle the ‘Didsbury dozen’ – a gruelling pub crawl not for the faint-hearted and a great way to socialise with new colleagues away from the office.

Working in the Banking department for my first seat, I have been made to feel like a fully fledged member of the team,  having been given worthwhile work to do from day one.  This has included assisting with a completion and meeting clients to making sure security is registered, but thankfully in a low pressure environment thanks to the friendly team and my helpful supervisor.

Students can be forgiven for thinking the transition to trainee at a large law firm may be scary or intimidating, but this is not my experience at all. My first few weeks in the Manchester office have provided a comfortable and enjoyable yet challenging start and I’m looking forward to the events of the coming months, both at work and socially.

Any questions on life as a Manchester trainee, feel free to leave me a comment.