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Morning

9.00
I either cycle in and leave my bike in the basement lockers, or travel in by motorbike and go to the gym before work. There are quite a few gyms around here and most trainees make use of the gym subsidy to go before or after work.

9.30
I sit down at my desk with a tasty breakfast from our subsidised canteen, check my emails and plan my day.

9.45
I continue to work on a disclosure exercise with a fellow trainee. We are acting for the owner of a vessel whose ship was arrested and is defending itself against cargo claims. We are compiling court bundles for agreement by all parties, and further correspondence has been sent across by the other side, so we’re checking to see whether we already have these documents in our bundles.

11.45
After a tea break, I get started on drafting expert instructions for a general average case. We are acting for the owners of a vessel that grounded and we want to find out the cause of the grounding. I spent a few days collating the evidenced gathered on board and from emails into a file, now it’s time to pull that information together and draft the details of the case, our opponent’s stance and the questions we want answered.

Afternoon

13.40
I’m fluent in French, so a second year trainee asked for my help with the translation of a French document into English. The correspondence relates to a French captain’s record of a vessel’s attempted refloat by salvage following a grounding.

14.25
I get started on a quick task discussed with an insurance partner yesterday, I need to look into the applicability to foreign companies of the Isle of Man and UK Third Party (Rights against Insurers) Acts. We are acting for a client who is owed insurance monies and is considering winding up proceedings the guilty party’s underwriters in order to pressure them into paying out.

15.30
A capacity email came round asking for help with background research for a presentation to clients on differences between US/UK contract law and recent LNG cases. After meeting with the energy associate who will be delivering the presentation, I start researching the contract law point. That involves looking at existing information on our database and topping up any gaps from the usual legal sources.

Evening

6pm
I attend the Lloyd’s List Global Awards ceremony at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich with one of our partners. It’s a black tie drinks reception and dinner in celebration of the key players in global shipping. One of our Singapore partners was nominated in The i-Law Maritime Lawyer of the Year category and we were attending on his behalf. During the evening we were sat with representatives from the Liverpool and Southampton port owning company; it was interesting to hear about the kinds of trade, ships and general matters they have to deal with on a daily basis.