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Leah’s Work Experience Blog

Having the opportunity to do my work experience at Matrix Chambers has honestly been so insightful. I have been able to see, first hand, what goes on behind the scenes in chambers and what the likes of barristers and solicitors as well as the facilities and fees & finance team do on a day to day basis. I’ve come to realise that in order for everything to run smoothly and efficiently, everyone must carry out their individual role to the best of their ability; a bit like the human body. All organs in the body must work in coalition in order for the body to function effectively.

On my first day I was briefly introduced to the Matrix staff and was told by Lindsay Clarke what their roles in Matrix was and the teams they were in. I was taken aback about how many teams worked behind the scenes in a law firm as, beforehand, I was under the impression that it was just the barristers and solicitors. However, I’ve come to know that there is also a Facility Team, Fees & Finance Team, Practice Team and even a Marketing Team! After our little tour around the chambers, my main focus group that day was the Fees and Finance team. I was warmly welcomed by Eric Darko and Eric Osei who then gave me an induction on what the Fees & Finance do such as monitoring the money that comes in and goes out of the chambers. Subsequently, I was given a task on Fees & Finance in which I learnt about all the different funding’s such as Legal Aid and Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA’s). After the fees and finance induction, I was then introduced to Frank Osborne ,Head of Facilities, who explained his role within matrix e.g. managing IT projects. Lastly, I had an induction with Frankie Penton and his role in Matrix as an Assistant Practice Manager.

On my second day I had an induction with Venetia Tate whose job within the law firm was to advertise matrix chambers. After completing Venetia’s task, Zuwaina Nelson, the finance administrator, handed me another task which consisted of reading about what it takes to become a barrister and answering questions about it. I found this quite insightful and interesting because it takes a lot to become a qualified barrister and it’s definitely not easy but it is worth it in the end.

Overall, this experience was definitely worth it and matrix chambers has made my time here an absolute pleasure!