Catriona Boyd – Joined September 2016
Catriona Boyd – Trainee Solicitor
My first seat at Thomas Cooper has been in the Employment department. At the time of writing this I am now four months in and have been lucky enough to already have been involved in a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious matters. In this department I have particularly enjoyed the variety of work as in one day I have found myself doing work on matters for premier league football clubs, ship owners and large airlines as well as for individuals. So far I have been involved in meetings with clients and counsel, preparing short advices for clients, liaising with the employment tribunal, preparing research notes and corresponding with the client and the other side as well as the more mundane, though important, tasks such as preparing trial bundles and photocopying.
What is particularly good about training at Thomas Cooper is that when you are in one department you are also aware what is going on in many of the others, and often can find yourself assisting with that too. This means that despite being in a small firm you get a wide exposure to different clients and areas of law. Further, as Thomas Cooper is a mid-size firm compared to many others in the City, there is an open door attitude pervasive amongst all levels of staff, which helps new trainees to feel welcome and settle in quickly. I have also been pleasantly surprised with the excellent work-life balance in particular compared to my contemporaries at other City firms.
I was attracted to applying to Thomas Cooper in part due to its reputation for giving trainees a good level of responsibility at an early stage and size but also due to its overseas presence. Trainees are encouraged to spend one of their seats in an overseas office, usually in Greece or Singapore, and this is something that I am very much looking forward to. Trainees are expected to attend social and networking events, which means that you get to know both your colleagues and other professionals within the relevant industries. Everyone I have come across at the firm is more than happy to take the time to explain things to you and there are regular internal lectures and external speakers which help you to broaden your knowledge and stay up to date.