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The Life of an Articled Clerk at HSM: Suneeta Lee
Suneeta Lee is well on her way to become a qualified attorney in the Cayman Islands and has been employed by the HSM Group for one year now.
As part of her articles, Suneeta has been undergoing a rigorous training rotation through the firm’s key practice areas. To date she has supported intellectual property, debt collection, litigation, property and has recently moved over to corporate services. The next areas for her on-the-job work experience include immigration and employment.
Here’s what she has been up to:
You’re likely to catch Suneeta with a coffee in hand every morning and whizzing through her inbox. She also meets briefly with her supervisor to get the rundown of activities and it also gives her the opportunity to ask any questions. Each day brings a new set of challenges and experiences due to the nature of the role, but Suneeta notes that the year has gone by quickly because of this.
HSM is a full-service law firm that provides a wealth of opportunities for those looking for a career in law. “All areas have been interesting,” says Suneeta. “In particular, litigation involves a lot of research and requires you to be industrious. On the other hand, property law is very personal and I like the customer service aspect of this practice.”
One of the reasons Suneeta chose HSM for her clerkship was due to its size. With just under 60 employees, Suneeta shares, “I am able to have more personal interactions, which makes it conducive to learning and I appreciate how approachable everyone is, including the partners.” Regular meetings are scheduled to review and discuss work happenings. “My colleagues take this programme very seriously and for that, I am grateful and validated.”
Advice to Upcoming Articled Clerks
Suneeta was surprised to learn that the subject she thought would be most interesting at the outset of her articles is no longer her favourite and encourages people to “keep an open mind, practical experience will help make that decision for you.” Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions – you’re there to learn. “Take advantage of the qualified people around you and make connections.”
HSM Clerkship Programme
Since HSM opened their doors in 2012, Suneeta is the second person to participate in their clerkship programme and will complete her stint in April 2019. Majdi Beji was the first, having been called to the Cayman Islands Bar in 2017 and is employed with HSM in their property law division.
If you are interested in being part of this programme, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.