So rather than live in fear of the “To Do’s” mounting up as I am out of the office I decided to log in remotely. Bad idea.
There was almost 200 things to do. This was made up of a variety of things:
- incoming emails, post & voicemails
- management information
- a last minute application made on the same day they were due to file a defence (they want arbitration now, having never mentioned it beforehand)
- witness statements that have been returned
- a defence (which is likely to succeed)
- expert reports (both of which look unfavourable, having already been paid handsomely to provide a preliminary report, now the case is going to be litigated they have both got cold feet at the prospect of attending Court)
- outstanding cost matters that were not completed by year-end (*argh*!!!)
- etc, etc, etc
After about 3-4 hours I managed to get this under the 100 mark so don’t be sympathetic. Most of them were mundane and routine tasks. The larger items will take up days. I will need to keep on doing this until the 5th January, after which I will “return to the office from holiday”. Yes, the concept of a holiday is lost on law firms. It is not the first time I have had to work during my holidays just so I can return to a manageable amount of work.
This is not a moan. It’s more of an insight into the effect a legal career creeps into your home life. If there are any students out there reading this, and considering a career in law, make sure you spend a few weeks doing work experience before applying to law school. If it’s not for you – and remember, there are a lot better careers out there – then please don’t spend £50,000+ on qualifying (or trying to qualify but just falling short as training contracts are mostly down to luck rather than meritocracy).
Anyway, first world problems and all that, happy new year to you all.
Over and out.