A day in the new London office
This week the Cripps trainee blog caught up with Lucy Knight, a second year trainee in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team. Lucy’s seat is based in the Tunbridge Wells office, but today she is heading up to London to work from our brand new office in Cannon Green.
8.30am: Today I am working from our new London office for the day. Our firm now has the technology to log-in from anywhere at the click of a mouse. It’s a lovely modern office in a great central location, just a stone’s throw from Cannon Street Station. I arrive on the tenth floor, make myself a cappuccino and sit down to check my emails.
8.40am: As Vice President of the Kent Junior Lawyers Division, I am helping to organise our next big event – a gin-tasting and networking evening. It’s shaping up to be a good event, and I make a quick phone call to agree sponsorship with a legal recruiter.
8.50am: One of our clients has received a letter of claim in restitution. The other side (a company) are claiming that monies transferred to our client must be repaid, as the transaction was made by an employee of theirs without their authority. The other side allege that the employee was under the influence of “romantic” international fraud and was instructed to make the transfer by fraudsters and not the company. I prepare a first draft letter of response for the fee earner to approve.
10:30am: I am assisting a fee earner on one of their matters relating to the House of Fraser company voluntary arrangement (CVA) which was approved on 22 June 2018. A CVA is an agreement between a company and its creditors to repay the debt due over a fixed period. CVAs are rising in numbers and we act for one of the landlords who is likely to be affected by the CVA. Having worked previously on the matter, the fee earner invited me to a meeting with counsel to discuss strategy and make a note of the meeting.
12:30pm: The meeting draws to a close and I return to the office, picking up some sushi on the way back to my desk.
1:30pm: We act for a client who is defending a claim for unpaid invoices, on the basis that the products supplied were not of satisfactory quality. Our client is also counterclaiming for losses they have incurred as a result of the unsatisfactory goods, including damage to reputation. I receive instructions from our client regarding the type of experts they wish to appoint for the trial. I discuss this with our in-house costs draftsman before he prepares the costs budget. Once it has been prepared, I review before sending to the claimant’s solicitors and filing with the court, prior to the upcoming directions hearing.
2:30pm: Someone in the property team asks me if I have capacity to dash across London to pick up an important document so that they can complete on a multi-million pound transaction. I hop on the tube, meet the client and return the document to the property team.
3:45pm: We act for a French company who have discovered that an English company is selling products very similar to their own. I prepare a “cease and desist” letter which sets out our client’s grounds for a potential registered mark infringement claim. The letter also requests various undertakings from the other side to stop selling the products, and requests financial compensation to our client for their losses.
5:30pm: I rally up some colleagues and we head out to a quiz night which is being hosted by one of our referrers. We come a respectable 3rd place in the quiz, despite being distracted by the England v Columbia penalties taking place on a big screen in front of our table!