The closing months of 2014 proved to be a very busy period here at Woodfines and as such 2015 is set to present a new set of challenges and lessons to be learnt.
Signing up for a good cause
Perhaps my biggest achievement since my last blog entry came from an event which was a little outside my job description – a half marathon. In early December, a joint effort between Woodfines and MHA MacIntyre Hudson accountants led to nine runners crossing the finishing line which raised over £1,300 for a fantastic cause, the St Johns Sue Ryder Hospice.
Not only was this in itself highly rewarding, but it was also a chance for me to meet colleagues from the other offices in which I have yet to work. Events such as this reinforce the unity of the firm.
A fast developing legal career
The variety of work that I am dealing with in the Private Client department continues to evolve. At the start of my seat, the idea of meeting with clients on my own seemed quite a distant prospect but has now become a regular occurrence and I am also starting to see the complete timeline of larger matters such as probates. As my work load has increased, I have found it necessary to develop my aptitude for organising and prioritising tasks. This has enabled me to ensure that essential deadlines are kept as well as maintain that fundamental high standard of client care.
Law is a business like any other
Despite still being in my first seat with the Private Client department, I was given the opportunity to experience a Company Commercial meeting and consequently gain my first look into both the legal element of a different department and the way it operates. My very brief time with this department also gave me the chance to attend the Bedford Chamber of Commerce members’ Christmas event. Being my first insight into networking, this served as an important reminder that at a core level all law firms are businesses and as such developing business relationships with existing and new clients is fundamental for the success of any firm. This aspect of the legal sector is not something that academia teaches.
I have only been with the Private Client department for a relatively short period of time and yet I already feel part of a very professional team who teach me well. I intend to make the most of my remaining time with the department and look forward to the challenges of my next seat.