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EDF, Channel 4 and Reed Smith – My summer’s work experience

This summer hasn’t been all enjoying the sun and beaches of Somerset and Dorset. I have also undertaken some work experience with the legal department of EDF Energy along with a combined placement in the Legal and Compliance Department of Channel 4 and with the Entertainment and Media Group of Reed Smith, a global law firm based in London.
I really enjoyed both these experiences and they showed me what is still possible especially with the support of these fantastic organisations.

At work at EDF in Gloucester

At work at EDF in Gloucester


I was at EDF long enough for them to sort out ways for me to use their IT system. This was fantastic and enabled me to really feel like part of team. Everyone I met at EDF could not have been more accommodating and helpful whether it was a question I had about the work they had asked me to do or a question about the law more generally.
It was really fun to be part of a team again with and I really enjoyed the work as well.
If I thought logistics for EDF were difficult, ensuring that everything was prepared for the day and the paperwork that had to be filled out beforehand (due to highly regulated nature of EDF’s work), they were nothing compared to the logistics of staying in London for a week. In the end though we managed to find a fantastic set of apartments right next to St Paul’s, about halfway between Channel 4 and Reed Smith. This made the morning commute about as bearable as possible for London.
Also these apartments were more than happy to make changes to accommodate my stay, this included moving one of the double beds from the bedroom so that we could replace it with one more suitable for me. As well as this they came with parking under the apartment building, an obvious godsend in London.
My week began with two days with Channel 4 which consisted of seeing the various work which they do to enable the channel to keep producing a high quality of programs. Sadly this experience did not include a trip to Rio to see the work the channel is doing with the Paralympics.
Rob outside Channel 4 Office in London

Rob outside Channel 4 Office in London

The outlook from the Reed Smith officein London

The outlook from the Reed Smith officein London


Following this I spent three days sitting with two different partners in Reed Smith. This provided a really good insight into what life is like at a city law firm. Along with the fantastic experience this gave me, the view from the top floor of Reed Smith’s offices is unbelievable – 33 stories above central London really does give you another view of the city.
Despite the huge amount of organisation and planning required to spend this time away, liaising and a good bit of teamwork with the chess team ensured that the week was a success and gave me a lot of confidence in what is possible for me to do.
All in all this work experience and my summer more generally was a fantastic success and really showed what can be achieved with the help of family, friends and care team. Back to uni now for my third year and hopefully to continue the successes of my first two years.