Intern’s Diary – Maria Pantziarou

Here at Regan Peggs Solicitors we are fortunate to be regularly joined by interns from Birmingham City University.  This week two new interns started.  This instalment of the Intern’s Diary is written by one of them, Maria Pantziarou.

Read previous instalments of the Intern’s Diary here.

Today was my first day. I was welcomed in and I met Regan and Gemma. They were really helpful and told me who works here and what they each do. They also showed me around and made me feel comfortable in the working environment.

Maria coped well with being made to pose for this photograph

Regan explained my tasks for the day. We had a client conference at 10am about a motoring case. The client is accused of speeding at a very high speed, and wants us to represent him to get the best sentence – ideally by persuading the court not to ban him from driving.

I read the firm’s policies and procedures which are very important to be aware of.

We had received a lot of papers from the Environment Agency, which is prosecuting one of our clients.  Regan asked me to deal with some of the admin relating to those.

I learnt how to access client files on our case management system, and read some prosecution paperwork – this is what sets out the allegations against our clients.

In the afternoon, Regan went to a client conference at another firm.  Our client has overlapping criminal and divorce proceedings, and it was decided that all of his solicitors should get together to discuss strategy.

I therefore worked with Gemma in the afternoon, opening new client files. I opened the files – one client faces charges of failing to provide a specimen, taking a vehicle without consent and driving without insurance – the other has been wrongly convicted and we are helping him apply to the magistrates’ court to re-open his case. I drafted the terms and conditions letters and sent these to our clients.

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