A (virtual) seat in Projects

This blog provides an insight into the day of a Projects trainee

02 March 2021

By trainee Gabi Gershuny 

8 – 8.30am

Go for a walk or run before starting work. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak I would walk to work every day, so this really helps me to get into the right mind-set.


Sit down at my desk with a bowl of porridge, marmite and peanut butter (don’t knock it until you try it). Either I have a catch up with my supervisor to discuss my workload for the day, or I join a biweekly catch-up call with environmental lawyers in the Projects team where we discuss ongoing work. This is a fantastic way to build relationships and keep abreast of current matters.


Carry out a research task relating to company obligations under UK law relating to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues for a large international luxury retailer. ESG is a growing area of concern for many corporates and the Environment team advises on the complex web of legal and regulatory requirements involved.


Review a Managed Services Agreement relating to energy managed services. This is an agreement between our client, a hospital trust, and a supplier for the provision of energy management, maintenance and operation at a hospital within the trust. Contract review is a core skill to develop as a Projects trainee and applies to the breadth of commercial contracts that you will encounter across the practice areas and sectors that the department encompasses.


I join a monthly meeting of the South West Committee of the UK Environmental Law Association whilst tucking into some lunch. I have a particular interest in environmental law and was involved with UKELA as a law student. I was therefore delighted to join the committee, which includes members of the Burges Salmon Environment team and lawyers from other firms. This is a great way to build my external network and environmental expertise.


I start drafting a briefing paper summarising the effect of a Deed of Amendment that makes changes to an underlying agreement for a Rail client. Rail (along with energy and environment) is another key sector in which the Projects team operates, so as a trainee you are likely to gain experience in this area. You should be starting to get a sense of day-to-day variety that comes with the territory in Projects!


I attend a training session that introduces junior lawyers to procurement law, the first in a series relating to this practice area. There are many departmental and firm-wide training opportunities, which help you to develop core knowledge and skills. 


I grab a cup of tea and go for a brisk walk outside. I find that working from home means that there are less natural breaks during the day, so it’s important to step away from the desk, clear your mind and stay active.


I help my supervisor to manage our internal billing process for a large environmental litigation claim. Billing is just one of the many essential matter management skills that you will start to develop as a trainee.


I join an online yoga class and unwind from the day.

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