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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. 

Visit from newest team member

On Wednesday 3rd May 2018 the offices of SCE Solicitors were treated to the great honour of a visit by the newest team member – Olive Cakali.

The office was decorated and while the team got their share of cuddles, Mummy Samira was able to enjoy lunch and was showered with presents for the baby.

Everyone thought baby Olive was adorable and even Courtney overcame her nerves and enjoyed her cuddles.

It was lovely to see Samira, even just for a short visit, and the team at SCE wish her, baby Olive and the rest of the family well and a restful maternity leave.

Samira is expected to return from Maternity leave in July, however in the meantime the Employment Team will be available to discuss your employment issues.

Smoke and Mirrors Embedding Diversity Inclusion for real – AFSA

On the 30 November until 1 December 2017 SCE Solicitors were invited to the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) National Conference and Awards Ceremony, this time hosted by the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. 

Samira and Courtney Janotta, a Paralegal at SCE, attended the event and were once again impressed with the positive action being taken and the energy and drive at the event. 

At the Awards Ceremony, both our ladies were moved and inspired by Bhanu Jadeja-Mahal, of Asian / Kenyan decent, who described her journey of life overcoming domestic abuse and rejection in 1970’s Britain, while being a mother to a young daughter, to pursuing a successful career in the police force.   

Courtney recalls her saying it was the police force that saved her when she had nowhere to go after she had been ejected out of her family home. Samira likened Bhanu to a Bollywood heroin, especially when Bhanu ended her story by telling the attendees that she married her childhood sweetheart (who was in the audience that evening) in her 70’s. 

On the second day of the conference Samira delivered a seminar on ‘Faith and Sexuality; the legal workplace perspective’.  Providing an overview of the law, explaining practical steps for employers, dealing with conflict between the two equalities and encouraged discussion and debate with case studies.  

The comments received from the delegates was positive and included “great explanation of case law with relates to work experiences in my workplace” and “the relevance of conflict between faith and sexuality in workplace and case studies which explored appropriate action of investigation team”.                                                                                                                 

This was a great opportunity to catch up with the AFSA management committee and other delegates they have met during their involvement and sponsorship of AFSA over the years.  

SCE Solicitors would like to, again, thank AFSA for the hard work they do to promote equality and diversity and run these remarkable events. Smoke and Mirrors Embedding Diversity Inclusion for real – AFSA 2017