Every wondered what a typical day is like for a solicitor? If you’re studying law with the view of becoming a practising solicitor then it’s a good idea to have a firm grasp of the type of working day you’ll be likely to endure.
Listed below is a one day diary from a real-life motoring solicitor who works at Just Motor Law. She recorded her movements throughout her typical working day to give students an insight into what their life could possibly be like once they have obtained the grades they need to become a solicitor.
07.50 – Set off on my journey to the office.
08.50 – Quick stop at the coffee shop for my usual Café Latte fix (a necessity to function for the busy day!)
09.00 – Now at my piled high desk – where do I start?
09.05 – Review my diary – what is on today’s agenda?
09.15 – Telephone call from a new potential client – accused of driving without due care and attention, failing to stop and failing to report an accident. Client denies the allegation and wanted advice on how we could assist. Advised client we could assist and took full details of his case. Payment on account also obtained.
09.30 – Set off to court to represent client at local Magistrates court for an offence of Driving Whilst under the influence of alcohol.
09.50 – Arrived at court and met with the prosecution lawyer and obtained disclosure of evidence. Reviewed its content in detail.
10.05 – Met with client at court and advised in relation to the disclosure of evidence. Evidence appeared fine and nothing to suggest that police station drink driving procedures not followed correctly. Advised client that best way to proceed would be to plead guilty and obtain credit for an early guilty plea. Also advised client that would be disqualified from driving for a minimum of 12 months but due to his alcohol reading being so high, the disqualification is likely to be higher.
10.35 – Met with court usher who advised there was a case on before our case but would get our case on as soon as that case finished.
11.15 – Still waiting at court for our case to be heard.
11.45 – Usher called our case into court.
11.50 – Court hearing begins. Client entered a plea of guilty and I mitigated to the court on client’s behalf in an effort to get him the very best possible sentence and to try and keep the disqualification to a minimum. Magistrates imposed a disqualification of 12 months with the option of undertaking a Drink Drivers Awareness Course where if successfully completed, will reduce the disqualification by 25%.
12.15 – Meeting with client following court hearing. Very good result for the client in the circumstances. Client happy with result.
12.20 – Travel back to office.
12.40 – Chat with my colleagues about my case and cases they had dealt with that morning.
13.00 – Off out to lunch with my colleagues – a pub local to our office that makes delicious homemade food! Steak and Ale pie with mash potato!
14.00 – Back at the office with an afternoon of paperwork to get through.
15.15 – Reception calls – an existing client of mine has called into the office and would like a quick word.
15.20 – Unexpected meeting with client in office regarding her ongoing case. My client has 9 points on her driving licence and now faces another 3 points for a speeding offence. 12 or more penalty points would result in my client being disqualified as a totter for a minimum of 12 months. Client accepts she was speeding but would like representation at court to argue exceptional hardship. If she were to be disqualified she would lose her job as a care worker, which would not only impact on the patients she cares for but also on her family as without her income she could not financially support her family. Reassured client that everything ready for her court hearing the following week.
16.20 – Back at my desk – another shot at getting through all my paperwork.
16.30 – My clerk enters my office and asks if can I attend the police station to represent an existing client. It is 16.30, 30 minutes before I am supposed to finish for the day! The police interview is due to commence at 17.15 which means I will be working late again!
16.50 – Set off on my journey to the police station.
17.10 – Telephone call from the office to say that the investigating officer will not be available to interview our client until 18.30. The solicitor on out of hours duty will cover the police station which means I do not have to attend the police station.
17.15 – Turn around – set off on my journey home.
As you can see, the day of a solicitor is quite like no other. It’s one which requires perseverance, concentration and the ability to manage and interchange between different cases and clients. It’s clear to see that it’s a fast-paced environment and this excellent insight into a day of working life as a solicitor demonstrates that no two days will ever be the same!