So today is Asha’s last day after 8 weeks interning at Gordon Turner Employment Lawyers! It’s been pretty cool to say the least – I’ve been all over London visiting clients regarding settlement agreements, attended a barrister conference and a tribunal…and watched Gordon deal with clients everyday.
I think the most important thing I learned overall is…don’t take on cases which will only cause you stress! Not every caller is what you’re looking for. One person called about an incident that happened 20 years ago…the time limit for employment law cases is just 3 months!
A lot of people who phoned us did not seem to have facts or concrete evidence to support any case at all. I heard Gordon constantly asking: “what are the facts to support your case?” If they couldn’t answer that, he did not take them on as clients.
I also learned the mantra: “Care, fair & aware”…
Be fair to yourself and the client; have realistic goals…check what they want to achieve. Keeping people aware of what is going on makes for better relations and makes them less stressed.
It’s important to take care of yourself too. It can be stressful handling upset people with all the heavy requirements of legal regulations to factor in, so taking exercise and finishing on time matters.
It’s been a fun summer and as much as I’m sad to end my internship, I’m excited for the next chapter which is reading Law at the University of Birmingham.
As always, thank you for reading, please keep reading.. and enjoy life!