By Amy McPherson, Summer Intern
It is quite a daunting prospect for a university student to undertake an internship in a leading private client firm. I know I definitely wasn’t sure what the placement would entail and I was pretty nervous before I started. However, the first two weeks have flown by and as we are now well into our summer internship I really feel I am starting to find my feet. The first week was full of introductions to the firm and trying to digest a lot of information whilst also trying to recall all the property law I had learned two years ago! However, settling into working life at Turcan Connell has been made a lot easier by the fact my team have been so welcoming. Everyone has been really approachable and friendly and my mentor and trainee have been great at making sure that I feel part of the team.
I am sitting in the Rural Property team. Like in any property department, the team is constantly working to tight deadlines so I have been kept really busy. Every day and every task has been different which makes life in the property department great fun. It has been quite a challenge putting the law we have learned in the classroom into play but it has definitely been rewarding seeing the work I have done being used! I have done everything from drafting dispositions and deeds, emailing and phoning clients and even being put in charge of the infamous ‘bun run’. Even tasks which might not seem as exciting have definitely provided their challenges; I have learned really quickly that deciphering 100-year-old title deeds definitely isn’t as easy as it sounds.
Life at Turcan Connell is definitely not all work and no play. As a summer intern, I have been given the chance to really throw myself into taking part in activities outside the Firm. Our days have been broken up by team lunches, summer drinks every Friday and next week is the much anticipated Summer BBQ. I have also joined Turcan Connell’s hockey team that takes part in a weekly summer league. It’s been a great chance to meet the Partners, Associates and Trainees from across the Firm outside of the busy office environment and it has also given us a chance to have a run around during the lovely Scottish ‘summer’ and show off our hockey skills (or lack of!).