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Summer placement at SCE Solicitors

We asked our lovely summer placement student, Maya Sterrie, to describe her experience with SCE and this is what she wrote – 

“Having never worked at a law firm before, I was very excited to take on a 7-week work placement at SCE this summer. 

My initial interest in employment law began at the beginning of last year when I chose employment law as an elective going into my second year of University. Having had part-time jobs, I had become aware of employment law in day to day life such as the cap on a 48-hour working week and rest breaks. This led me to want to gain experience in this sector. 

The first time I heard about the firm was when SCE Solicitors came to a non-commercial law event at my University last year speaking about what a career in law is like. SCE Solicitors immediately stood out for its welcoming, personable nature and somewhere I could not only learn a lot from, but also fit in. 

Now, writing this, almost two months of working at the firm, I cannot speak highly enough of the firm. I have been given the amazing opportunity to actively have an input in the firm’s work. From aiding in calculating losses in gender pay claims to drafting witness statements.

I will leave SCE with an invaluable understanding of what it is like to practice employment law in the ‘real world’. The biggest benefit of working for a boutique law firm like SCE has been the level of responsibility and variety of work I have been able to perform. 

Here are just some of my highlights;

• Calculating losses in gender pay claims. 

• Meeting with clients and going to a conference with counsel. 

• Aiding in drafting witness statements. 

• Writing legal update articles. 

Unfortunately, my experience at SCE is now ending and I am taking this chance to reflect on not only what I have learned from my time here and those I have worked with, but also to look forward and think where I plan to go from here. 

I would like to thank the SCE team for welcoming me in and helping me grow and learn what it is truly like to work in a law firm; the good, the bad and the ugly. My journey is only beginning, and I cannot imagine having started working anywhere else.”

We wish Maya all the best and it was a pleasure to have her for the summer. 

Samira Cakali

Samira Cakali is a pragmatic and approachable solicitor advocate with extensive contentious and non-contentious experience in the fields of employment law as well as civil litigation, within a range of commercial businesses from SME’s to multinationals as well as senior executives.

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