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Current trainee, Jade shares what her typical day is like.

Jade is a second-year trainee and is due to qualify as a solicitor in February 2024. Her current seat is on our litigation department. Since joining Mackenzie Jones in June 2021, Jade has completed seats in of our departments which include residential conveyancing, commercial property and wills and probate.


I arrive to our St Asaph office, usually with a drive thru coffee, and check my e-mails.  I review my diary and prioritise my tasks for the day.


I work on my assigned tasks; today’s task was to prepare a bundle for a Financial Dispute Resolution hearing, this is a second court hearing relating to financial proceedings in a divorce case.


I have been asked to draft a witness statement, this is for a clinical negligence claim. I make sure that I review the correspondence, medical records, and evidence to ensure that I understand the issues in this case.


Before I go on my lunchbreak, I check and reply to my emails, and update my to do list.


In the afternoon, I organise a conference between barristers, clients, and medical experts. Meetings like these allow us to discuss the medical evidence and the claim, and we can then advise our clients on what to expect moving forward.


I have been asked to sit in a meeting with my supervisor and a new client. This was a meeting to discuss a personal injury claim. Mackenzie Jones like to have as much client interaction as possible, so I will regularly sit in on meetings with clients.


Whilst it is fresh in my mind, I being drafting an attendance note and a letter to the client explaining the next steps to progress their personal injury claim.


It’s the end of the working day, I made sure any outstanding emails have been dealt with and prepare a list of tasks to do tomorrow. 


In the evenings, I like to unwind by walking my border collie Scotty and reading the latest bestselling thriller novel.