My week at Matrix has been incredibly inspiring as well as very informative in terms of what it is actually like to work in a normal office environment. The staff were all incredibly friendly and helpful and the variety of tasks I was given meant that I really got a sense of what it was like to work in all areas of the company. Amy Crittenden and Alison Scanes were fantastic at supervising us and making sure we always had something to do, whilst remaining very fun and approachable.
My first day consisted of activities within chambers, we spent some time with a few different departments where we learnt all about the work that they do. As well as this we completed various tasks around the office; Monday was an enjoyable relaxing introduction to life at Matrix.
On Tuesday we had the opportunity to go to the Supreme Court with one of the QCs Phillippa Kaufmann; this was absolutely amazing and the case was a fascinating one. Phillippa was very impressive in court as well as incredibly approachable. I spent all of Tuesday at the Supreme Court which meant that I really got a feel for what it was all about and had the opportunity to get really into the case.
On Wednesday we once again returned to the Supreme Court and watched the remaining few hours of Phillippa’s case, once again she did not disappoint. In the afternoon, we had the privilege of going to have coffee with Guy Vassall-Adams QC who was very friendly and answered every question we had on what life at the bar is like.
My favourite day was Thursday as we got to attend a murder trial at the Old Bailey. It was a truly captivating experience and a fantastic way to spend the day! On Friday we once again returned to Matrix and spent the duration of the day doing tasks around the office, however not without fitting in a quick tour of the Royal Courts of Justice!
I’ve learnt so much throughout my time at Matrix, it has been such a fantastic experience and I wish I could stay longer! It has really opened my eyes as to everything that happens behind the scenes and the immense amount of work that goes into every case before the barrister even agrees to take it. Overall, this week has been really encouraging and has assured me that law is the way I want to go, it has been action packed and great fun and there wasn’t a boring moment.