Unfortunately, I am now reaching the end of my placement at Bhayani HR & Employment Law. The past seven months have absolutely flown by, and I am sad to be leaving the team.
Before arriving at Bhayani Law on my first day I was extremely nervous, oblivious as to what to expect on the placement and soaking wet due to the awful weather that morning! However, from the very first day I left the office at 4pm, I felt empowered to work hard to ensure I could also join the legal profession and excited for every upcoming Wednesday as I would be returning to the office to work with the team again.
From the offset I felt I had been accepted as part of the team; I had my own desk and work had been prepared for me on my arrival. Before I knew it, I had been invited to the ‘pizza and gin’ evening. This was a fantastic opportunity to get to know the team more. My confidence increased significantly as I felt comfortable when surrounded by the team.
Over the seven months I have had the pleasure of witnessing the development of the newly renovated office. This has been very exciting. Every week it has been great to see the development of the project. It was challenging to work at the office during the renovation due to there being several builders and renovators leading to distraction. However, the team and I overcame this difficulty by working together and moving around the office to work away from the distractions.
One of the most interesting activities I have been asked to complete has been to prepare bundles ahead of an Employment Tribunal. Having previously prepared bundles for Mooting Competitions at University it was interesting to develop an understanding as to how Employment Tribunals bundles differed, and the importance of a witness statement bundle. This activity has enabled me to develop skills relating to professionalism and attention to detail.
Completing administrative tasks such as filing client invoices and creating labels for events have developed my understanding for the type of activities a Paralegal would be asked to undertake. This has been interesting as I have considered taking on a para legal job in the future in which I now feel prepared for.
In September I intend to commence my BPTC with the ultimate aim to become a barrister. I have been able to develop my employability skills and other skills required to be a barrister whilst on placement as I have attended court several times to meet clients and deliver bundles. Considering the general difficulty in gaining work experience / mini pupillages with barristers this has been a thoroughly appreciated experience and one that I have really enjoyed. This experience has enabled me to witness the different styles, techniques and skills of advocacy and then develop my own advocacy skills as a result. I must thank the Bhayani Law team for allowing me this opportunity.
Feeling passionate to assist the team in developing the firm further, I have voluntarily conducted independent and directed research in areas of Employment law that I find interesting and events that I think Bhayani Law may be interested in running themselves.
The importance of teamwork has been emphasised significantly during my time on placement. The Bhayani Law team work extremely closely, which clearly results in clients feeling satisfied and happy with the advice provided to them. Whilst at the firm I have not been afraid to ask for help if I have been struggling with anything since the team are friendly and willing to assist where possible.
In the future I intend to attend further events that are organised by Jay and the team. It was a pleasure to assist the team with registration and the buffet at the Women Lawyers Event at Virgin Money earlier this month. I found this event really interesting and it opened my eyes to the importance of mental health in the work place, especially in the legal profession where there are often challenging situations.
Unfortunately, all good things must end. I am extremely appreciative of the experience I have had at Bhayani Law and the opportunities that the firm has offered to me throughout my time here. I hope to return to the firm in the future on a voluntary basis to assist them with their work when the work load is heavy as it would be a pleasure to work alongside the team again.
My passion to succeed in the legal profession has developed significantly due to having undertaken such experience at Bhayani Law and being surrounded by successful, hardworking and determined ladies. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable, rewarding experience and I am honoured to have been given this opportunity.