Monday Monday mornings are always a challenge, the morning after the weekend before! I am a solicitor and the managing director of Balfour Law, a legal company which I set up with the help of my business partner Neil McCulloch almost three years ago.
On arriving at the office the first thing I do is to catch up with any e-mails that I may have missed over the weekend, although I have a Blackberry and am often found dealing with e-mails in the wee hours. I check my diary for the day and week ahead and see that I have time to deal with some new and complicated matters. After a brief meeting with staff to run over the main events for the week, I then have a meeting with a potential “collaborator”, which goes well and we agree to work together in certain areas. The remainder of the day is spent tackling a new case, which needs an initial report submitting to the client urgently. I e-mail the report to the client at 4pm and then check and sign the rest of my post. The day ends with a meeting with my business partner to discuss some IT issues. Tuesday The morning is allocated to watching an online “webinar” training film dealing with forthcoming changes to the civil courts – this is an effective way of keeping up to date with my professional development requirements. Since the venue is “my office” I get the chance to have my lunch at the same time. In the afternoon I see a new client who has been recommended to me. It’s a good case and I offer to take it on. My secretary then brings me some post and I leave at 3pm to collect my daughter from school and take her to swim school. After dinner, bath time and bedtime for my daughter I sit down at 9pm to read another new file. I prepare a report of my findings and finish my day at 11.30pm. Wednesday I have a new secretary starting today – as an experienced legal secretary she should have no difficulty picking things up. I spend the next few hours taking her through an induction. I deal with some issues raised by my accountant and then refer the remaining matters to my bookkeeper. I read my post and deal with a few matters that arise before dictating some letters, sending e-mails and