A day in the life of a Shulmans trainee: Marie Broadhead

Marie Broadhead, who has now qualified with us, describes a particular day as a trainee in our commercial department.

9.00 – 9.30

Today I am travelling to London to attend a hearing in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC). We act on behalf of the Respondent and I will be representing Shulmans alone.

I am meeting Counsel prior to the hearing at his Chambers located within Lincoln’s Inn, one of the four Inns of Court in London. Whilst a little daunting, I am excited to be fully involved in such an important process.

I place the hearing bundles, notebooks and other papers in my case and head to Leeds train station.

9.45 – 12.00

During the train journey to London, I read over both the Applicant’s and Respondent’s Skeleton Arguments and Witness Statements so that the facts of the case are clear in my mind.

12.30 – 13.15

After lunch, I meet with Counsel in his Chambers, where we discuss the case before heading to the IPEC.

13.30 – 15.40

I place my bundles and papers behind Counsel in the Court room. Counsel asks that I note any instructions to him on a piece of paper and pass this to him during the hearing.

I make a detailed note of the submissions made by the Applicant’s Counsel and the Judge’s comments. Counsel asks me to confirm certain points raised by the Applicant’s Counsel. I do so and show Counsel the documentation which has been referred to.

During Counsel’s submissions I make detailed notes. I also confirm instructions to him where necessary.

The Judge gives his judgment verbally immediately following the hearing. I carefully note down his findings. The application has been dismissed - i.e. we won!

15.40 – 16.00

Counsel and I discuss how the hearing went, and are pleased with the outcome. We go over the next steps, in particular what the client must do in order to comply with the order made by the Court.

16.00 – 16.15

I telephone my supervising solicitor to inform him of the outcome of the hearing. He is also pleased and informs me that he will confirm this to the client.

16.15 – 19.00

I make the journey back to Leeds and I reflect on my busy Friday. On Monday morning I will discuss the details of the hearing with my supervising solicitor and also review my notes of the hearing for the file.