We were given different tasks each day which were set by a different department e.g. corporate, banking and finance. We were given numerous hours each day between talks to complete the assigned tasks and we were given the opportunity to check in with the person who assigned the task to ask any questions.
The week started with a welcome from the COO and an overview of Gateley's story and their Group structure. Throughout the week, each day was structured around service overviews followed by networking opportunities. Task work was set by one of the unit overviews each morning, to be submitted by the end of the day. Gateley offered a wide range of social activities for the end of each day - both online and in person.
Each day contained task work for one department which was usually 2-4 individual tasks such as drafting/research/writing a letter to a client. A Solicitor from each department would help us with any general questions we had and explained their day to day work. We also had various networking talks for other departments to learn about the work they do with opportunities to ask questions. We also had other talks on topics such as CSR. An interview took place later in the week.
Given an overview of various departments through talks with partners and associates in e.g CDR, regulatory defence, and given marked tasks in departments such as corporate, banking and finance. There was an introduction and detail about the firm and the corporate responsibility and mental wellbeing work, with social events on most nights and an in-person dinner on the Thursday.
We were required to carry out tasks for a number of departments including: commercial; banking and finance; restructuring; and construction. We also attended a number of talks from other departments in the firm including: employment; tax; pensions; private client; dispute resolution; and more. There were a lot of opportunities to network across the different offices via Teams calls and messages. Towards the end of the week, we were interviewed for a training contract.
Within the role we would complete a set of assessed tasks each day for a particular legal team. Before beginning each task we would be briefed by an individual within the legal team and were encouraged to ask any questions. There would be comfort breaks provided and also talks from different legal teams to break up the day and allow us to understand more about the firm.
Although the experience was virtual, Gateley managed to organise a great schedule. Each day focused on a different department, in which we were set tasks to do alongside attending multiple interactive talks from solicitors in the particular sector. The tasks were in Corporate, Banking and Finance, Restructuring and Insolvency, and Construction. At the end of the day there were fun socials to attend (an escape room, a murder mystery and in-person trainee dinner).
The scheme was run online for the first time. Each day involved tasks based on different practice areas of the firm, which gave us an insight in a number of areas. Alongside the tasks, we had presentations from lots of other areas and we had the opportunity to ask a range questions.
We had a series of sessions from solicitors across the firm, giving an overview of their different practice areas via Teams. Several of these involved a task that we worked on around the sessions. We also had sessions on diversity and inclusion, and business development, as well as several social events.
Each day we were set tasks to complete with a particular unit of Gateley Legal. We were given a supervisor and encouraged to ask any questions necessary, particularly at the check-in meetings throughout the day. We also attended overview and networking sessions with other units and had the opportunity to ask questions of current Gateley solicitors about their work and Gateley. Each day we also had further talks about how Gateley runs as a business.
We had a great insight into the firm - there were numerous departmental talks where we could learn about the work that they do and the tasks trainees would be given. Throughout the week we were given tasks similar to that of a trainee. There were also numerous socials so we could get to know the team at Gateley Legal more and receive a greater insight into their culture.