Name: Alex Connah
Job: Summer intern at Chester-based solicitors Jolliffe & Co LLP and, from September, a trainee solicitor in the commercial property department
Lives: North Wales
Education: Newcastle University (History & Politics - 1st Class); University of Law
Family: Partner Sophie
I could pretend I get up at 5am for a 10-mile bike ride before work, but in reality I roll out of bed at around 7am, shower and grab some breakfast before racing to the office. I am no longer blessed with the luxury of the weekday lie-ins I enjoyed as a student!
Upon arrival at the office, I check my emails, diary and, of course, my tie, before compiling a list of the day’s tasks.
Due to the variety of work I undertake as a trainee solicitor in the commercial property department it’s difficult to paint an overall picture of the day. One day I may be in and out of client meetings, while the next may be spent drafting a deed of covenant, amending a lease or investigating unregistered title to a piece of land.
Working for a diverse range of clients (both individuals and businesses) ensures one day is never the same as the last. It’s a fascinating job which guarantees variety and an intellectual challenge every day.
When it comes to lunch, I’ll usually bring my own food. However, when we’re blessed with a sunny afternoon I like to pick up a sandwich from the Cheshire Sandwich Company, on Godstall Lane, and go for a stroll along the river with my partner, Sophie, who works nearby.
Post-lunch, my afternoons offer plenty of variety, just like my mornings. I recently spent the afternoon decorating our offices for a charity party we organised to raise money for the Stroke Association.
I hung bunting, moved tables, polished champagne flutes and blew up balloons. It isn’t typically what a trainee solicitor does, but we all like to pitch in at Jolliffes, especially for a good cause and a party!
Once I’ve tied up all my loose ends for the day, I head to the gym before venturing home to chill out with a good book.
On Fridays, the Jolliffes crew will head out for a drink to finish off the working week.
What do you wear to do your job? I’m partial to a nice tie.
What is the favourite part of your job? Working with a great bunch of people who don’t take themselves too seriously. And, of course, being able to help our clients achieve their goals. That’s what we are here for and it’s the most rewarding aspect of the job. Right after the deluge of office snacks, that is.
What is the least favourite part of your job? Being stuck inside when the weather is beautiful. I’ve proposed a beer garden on the roof and our corporate and commercial guru, Tom Newman, has been up there ever since, but it hasn’t really caught on yet.
What would be your dream job if you weren’t doing what you do now? International pizza taster. I’ve already sampled world-class pizza in Naples, New York, Florence and Rome and I’d love to make a career out of it. It would allow me to see the world and sample the most glorious of foods simultaneously.
How do you relax when you are not working? Wining and dining with my girlfriend, or planning our next holiday abroad. I also do a lot of reading, especially of history and politics. In terms of watching TV, nothing can top BBC4’s selection of Scandinavian dramas.
What is your favourite book? The Establishment, by Owen Jones. A book everyone needs to read.
What is your favourite song? Beach Boys – I Get Around.
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you? Ice Cube (inset) – the American rapper, record producer, actor, and filmmaker.
Have you had your 15 minutes of fame yet? This could be it!
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