Well, maybe not quite. And when you're sitting reading through an eighty page lease trying to figure out whether the landlord or tenant is liable to pay for repairs to a shared driveway - not even close! But hard work doesn't go unrewarded, and there are plenty of opportunities to live the trendy young lawyer lifestyle (or at least to make all your friends think you do).
One of those opportunities came on Wednesday night when we hosted our annual Glasgow Drinks event, an opportunity to thank clients for the business they've done with us as well as keeping in touch and making new connections. Following the merger in February our Glasgow office has more than doubled in size, not just growing our existing capabilities but adding new ones, and this event was the perfect opportunity to present this new offering to our clients.
Being such a big event, there were plenty of coats to be taken, badges to be handed out and directions to be given, so you can probably guess which of these duties the trainees were assigned: all of them - and more! Once our tasks outside of the room had been accomplished, there was plenty of mingling to be seen to inside. But as we know, hard work doesn't go unrewarded, so there was a nice cold G&T to be had while doing so (Slimline tonic, please).
There are a lot of myths around 'networking' and how to do it, but the truth is that the harder you make it in your head, the harder it will be to do. If you can be friendly and approachable and put people at their ease, they'll be pleased to have a conversation with you; just try not to make it solely about work!
Now that the event is over, there are still plenty more to look forward to. As well as events held by individual teams for their own clients and contacts, there's the Scottish Game Fair in July and the Morton Fraser Conference in September. And I'm not ashamed to say my thoughts are already slowly turning towards the Christmas Party. It all makes that eighty page lease seem just about worth it!