Work Experience Blog - Caitlin Padmore

Caitlin Padmore

A swarm of butterflies tap dancing while doing the Macarena - How my stomach felt the night previous to my first day of work experience at Rollits. Having gone on various holidays in the post exam month and celebrated graduation aplenty, I was ready but nervous to be reintroduced to my legal sideā€¦..

On the morning of the first day, I met the four other work experience students in reception who were also nervous and we exchanged pleasantries.  Mark Dixon (a Partner) and Libby Clarkson (a Trainee) greeted us. After an introductory session and a tour of the office, we were shown to our seats for the next three days.

I and another work experience student were placed in Private Capital/Property.  My experience at University with land law was not the greatest however the property work was very different from the dry pages of academia which as law students we torturously work through. Indeed, the work in property was interesting and certainly has removed the dark shadow I placed upon anything to do with land law.  The three days were also a great distraction for my scheduled tooth extraction on the Thursday- a nightmare for someone terrified of the dentist.

Following my painful and complex tooth extraction, I spent my time in the Company/Commercial department. Everyone, once again made us feel extremely welcome and at ease when we needed to ask questions on any of the work set. By this point, I should mention that the butterflies stopped dancing.  I was given the opportunity to practically apply what I had learned in studying company law which proved useful. Lunchtimes began to be social as I met the other work experience students and we exchanged thoughts on our up and coming presentations. The title of our presentations varied from the question 'what three things would you take on a desert island' to 'How will Nelson Mandela's death affect the state?'

The beginning of the second week began with an excursion to the York office where we met the sixth work experience student. At the York office, a traditional boy's v girls contest arose as we were separately required to do a presentation on marketing. We were informed that the result was a draw (personally, I think the girls won!).  I should also add that we were treated to a lunch at Masons in York. The fishcakes were scrumptious.

On returning to the Hull office for the rest of the week, Dispute Resolution was our new department. The work was constant and differing in every piece set but all as equally interesting.  Moving to the Dispute Resolution department signalled that our presentations were upon us. This allowed the tap dancing butterflies to emerge once again.

The afternoon of presentations arrived. The audience comprised of work experience students and various Rollits employees. Everyone delivered a fantastic performance leading us all to leave the room more informed than on entry. The evening of the presentation saw we work experience students mark the completion of our presentations with a celebratory drink- only one of course as we still had a day ahead of us.

On the last day, I reflected on the great two weeks that we have had. I (and I know the other work experience students feel the same) would like to thank Rollits for everything over the past two weeks. Conclusively, a description of Rollits in three words; professional, experienced and friendly.  

August 2013

Posted on: 19/08/2013

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