Simon Deceuninck has travelled to SO Legal from Nice, France where he is studying for his Master’s in European Law, to work with us as our summer intern. Simon is writing a ‘dear diary’ series of blogs to give you an insight into our firm and life in the UK.
2 July 2017
So, here I am, in Eastbourne: a lovely coastal city in East Sussex, near Brighton. I’ll be staying here for a month, working at SO Legal, a modern and renown law firm specialised in commercial and property law, for work experience. Hamed Ovaisi is going to be my trainee for the month. He is a Solicitor and Director of the firm, specialised in Commercial Property, Business Purchases and Sales, Business Purchase Contracts, Company Advice, Property Matters, Landlord and Tenant Issues, as well as Leasehold Advice. How we met is a funny story and the proof that, often in life, the best experiences come from the unexpected. I was starting my first year of Master’s degree in Nice in International and European Law. Friends had invited me to visit the old town and have a drink. Hamed was on holiday. We met in a pub and started having a nice and friendly chat. I asked him if he’d be interested to take me as a French intern for the next summer. He said “why not” and asked me to send a CV and a motivation letter. And a few months later, here I am: working at his firm for the month. I am very grateful for the opportunity and happy to be here. It will be my first time staying in England for more than a week. I was told the sea coast looks gorgeous, and the people are very welcoming here. It will also be my first time practicing English law, which comes from a rich and long tradition of Common law. It’s importance in international business law, and its adaptability to commercial matters are undeniable, so I believe that all the things that I will learn here will be great assets for my future career.
This blog will tell my story at SO Legal and show my best moments in Eastbourne. I hope you enjoy it!
3 July 2017
First day at the firm. The office is a beautiful open space located at the first floor of a building in South Street, right in the city centre. Hamed told me that when they designed the place, they had in mind to build the kind of firm you would like to work at. I met the team: Lisa Jones (the Operations Manager) who’s been very helpful, Jamie Salvidge (Solicitor and Director) Chris Hoadley and Victoria Parnell (Conveyancing Executives), Chris Booth (Solicitor), Nilly Safari (Paralegal), Jayne Jenkins (PA and Legal Assistant)
I was introduced to the digital management and database system, a very useful and smart program that saves time for everyone and helps co-ordinating team work. I also went to other law firms in town to deliver some correspondence. I was surprised to see how attractive this city is for law firms, and how active legal professions are here. Then I started to work on a note briefing for clients on recent Pensions rules changes, and on an article about legal news that SO Legal could share on social media to inform its clients.
It was a great first day, and I am looking forward to learn more here.