Tim Snaith's Diary
One of the main reasons I applied for a training contract at Winckworth Sherwood was the firm’s diversity of work. Since starting, I have not been disappointed.
I started my training contract with Winckworth Sherwood in the Parliamentary, Planning and Public Law Department. I was fortunate enough to join the department whilst they were preparing for the House of Lords committee stage of a private bill. I was involved in the matter from the outset, attending preparatory meetings with counsel and the client. In the New Year I then spent two weeks in the House of Lords attending the Select Committee and carrying out research during the hearing. This often meant a sprint back to the office to find an answer or relevant document and then another dash back to the House. The chance to work in the department and to prepare for and attend the Select Committee was fascinating and an inspiring opportunity to see the organs of Parliament in operation.
The beginning of my second seat heralded the move of the firm from Westminster to its new home in London Bridge. In the very different and lively surroundings of Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral I moved to a specialised property seat within the Private Client department, dealing with matters such as leasehold enfranchisement, lease extensions and right to manage claims. From the start of the seat I was given my own files to manage and dealt with clients on a one to one basis. The nature and amount of the work I was given, meant I had to learn quickly to manage my work efficiently to ensure that it was prioritised accordingly and the deadlines involved were not missed. Although I felt that I had been given a large amount of responsibility from an early stage, I was always aware that support and supervision was readily available if needed.
Away from the day to day work, the firm encourages you to take on other responsibilities, for example, working with the corporate social responsibility team, playing in the cricket team or organising the annual firm quiz. I took on the captaincy of the firm cricket team last season. This proved to be a great experience both on and off the cricket field. The role involved liaising with clients and colleagues to arrange the fixtures. The matches, usually played on a sunny Thursday afternoon, were always keenly fought and provided an excellent opportunity to meet and socialise with those clients and colleagues. I am pleased to say that the team had a very successful season!
The benefit of having only a small number of trainees at the firm is apparent from the diverse and challenging level of work you are given from the start of each seat. The ability to become so involved in the work and other roles away from your desk provides a grounded and thorough training experience.
Tim is now Partner in Winckworth Sherwood's Private Client department.