Nicole’s week with the Matrix Staff Team

Last week we were joined by Nicole, aged 16, who is interested in working for a barristers’ chambers in the future. Here is what she got up to:

Tuesday 2nd April 2013 – When I first arrived at Matrix Chambers, I was shown around the building. I then went on a court run to Southwark Crown Court in a black cab which was quite exciting! Throughout the day I had been given tasks to do such as franking letters, writing out cheques etc. After lunch I went on another court run to Westminster Magistrates Court to lodge some other papers; this was fun because I got to see some of the sights of London whilst working. My last proper task of the day was to do the banking.

Wednesday 3rd April 2013 – My first task of the day was to create a timetable for every week of 2014 for the students doing work experience. I used a word document to do this and enjoyed the task as I enjoy working on computers. I then used a system called ‘Inquisita’ in which I had to download and save the barristers practicing certificates for 2013 and input them into the system. For the rest of the day I was doing simple tasks such as helping the Marketing Manager research on event venues around London for an upcoming event, folding invoices up into envelopes and franking them, writing cheques, transferring money etc.

Thursday 4th April 2013 – I got into work and had to complete a work experience task for the Legal Information Team. I had to research and write about the differences between a barrister and a solicitor, the qualifications needed to become a barrister or solicitor, and the ins and outs of jury service. This was fun because I got a better understanding on what each job involves and how to become a barrister/solicitor and what happens when you attend jury service. I then went with one of the Practice Team to do a something called ‘fixing’ in the Royal Courts of Justice. I enjoyed going there as I got to see something completely different from what I would on a typical day. I then went back out with one of the Office Assistants to the Central London Employment Tribunal. I also helped the Marketing Assistant to find out what chambers certain barristers belong to, their emails and postal address, which was done on Excel and found it quite fun!

Friday 5th April 2013 – The very first thing I did that morning was make two copies of a folder for Work Experience in the basement. I then went to Southwark Crown Court with the Office Assistants as there was/is going to be a big case happening next week. We had to take about 30+ boxes up there in a van, which then had to be taken into one of the court rooms ready for the week approaching. I found it quite interesting as I had never been in a court room before and it was exciting to see what they were like in real life and not just on the TV/on the news. I then got back and got told a bit more about what some of the Practice Team do at Matrix Chambers which was interesting because I found out more about each person and their job role.

I learned a lot of things whilst I was here at Matrix Chambers. It was very exciting and interesting; something I would definitely consider as doing as a job in the future!