A day in the life of a Shulmans paralegal: Hayley Milton

Hayley Milton, a paralegal in our commercial and corporate department, describes a particular day at Shulmans.

8.45 – 9.15

I arrive at the office and take some time to catch up on emails from the previous day. I am particularly busy assisting with a number of transactions and find it helpful to make a list of tasks that I can refer to and tick off throughout the day. 

9.15 – 11.30

I have received a package from a client who is selling their pharmacy, which contains their replies to the due diligence enquiries raised by the buyer as well as a number of supporting documents. I work through each reply and document in turn, noting any areas of missing detail or elements where the buyer might raise further questions.

11.30 – 12.30

I attend a webinar which provides a practical guide to disclosure letters. Shulmans run a number of voluntary webinars which cover a variety of topics across different areas of law, and as I draft a lot of disclosure letters I find this useful.

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch time! It’s a sunny day and a crafts and food market has been set up in the grounds of Wellington Place. I grab some lunch with a few colleagues, and we take advantage of the on-site deck chairs and catch up on our day.

13.30 – 16.00

I attend a meeting with a partner and a potential client who is looking to sell a group of businesses within the healthcare sector in excess of £10 million. I have already run a quick search on Companies House to familiarise myself with the structure of the company. During the meeting, we discuss various aspects of the proposed sale including how the sixteen properties would be dealt with. There are also employment matters to consider as the company has a head office which will no longer be needed. After a pitch and a discussion on fees, the client confirmed that we are instructed.

16.00 – 17.30

I review my emails and note that I have received some additional due diligence documentation. I index and file it and arrange for it to be sent to the buyer for review. I send an email to the client listing further enquiries to address and leave the office.