Week one at Coffin Mew – by lindsay taylor

Posted on: February 16th, 2018

In February this year, I joined the Wills, Trusts and Probate team at Coffin Mew as a Solicitor, based in the Southampton office.

Monday
As any person on their first day knows, it can be nerve wracking to be the new person joining an established team. Which is why the warm welcome from all in the Lakeside office was so reassuring. Following this I had a full day’s intensive introduction to the firm’s ITC systems and walk though the various HR procedures. My head was spinning by the end of the day, but thankfully the training was broken up by a pizza lunch with my new team!

Tuesday
My second day at Coffin Mew was also my first day in the Southampton office where I will be primarily based. The open plan nature of the office means that I get to meet many more people and get to know them faster than I would if I were holed up in a smaller private office. I found that it helps if you come bearing cake!
The previous day’s intensive training meant that I was able to jump straight into to the computer systems with (almost) complete confidence and get up and running.

Wednesday
I returned to the Lakeside office for a one to one with Annabelle Vaughan, the head of Court of Protection, Wills, Trusts and Probate and my head of team.
I had previously been personally invited to give a series of lectures at a care home group and wanted to discuss the promotion of the firm in future lectures.
The Lakeside office is situated by a lake as the name would suggest and but for the bitterly cold weather, I would have enjoyed a walk in the grounds. Something I plan to do on my next visit.

Thursday
I have been in discussions with the firm’s fantastic PR consultants Midnight. We are looking at raising the profile of certain topics within Wills, Trusts and Probate and it will be great to see the results of this. The firm is very keen on market visibility and this is something I have been keen to promote in my previous role.

Friday
It’s been a full week and ends on a high. After a morning getting stuck into administration of estate files, I was invited to attend an auction with Annabelle Vaughan and Jane Holtom from the Residential Conveyancing team.
Fox & Sons hosted the venue and what an exciting event it was! It doubled as an occasion to meet prospective clients and an opportunity to network.
Having been invited to a pie restaurant by Fox & Sons how could I refuse!

It has been an auspicious start and I look forward to regaling you with a forthcoming blog update once I have settled in.