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Life in Brussels: First month on trainee secondment
12 October 2017

Boyes Turner trainee Tamasin Dorosti has been in Brussels for one month for a secondment to the UK Law Societies' Joint Brussels Office, this is the latest installment of her blog about the experience...

"I have survived my first month!"

It is one month to the day that I arrived in Brussels, and I celebrated that by doing the Brussels half marathon. An exhausting (to say the least) but interesting way to see more of the city! I have been completely thrust into the work by attending events, trips to various EU institutions (including the Parliament and the Commission), trips to the CCBE (Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe) and I have even been back to the Law Society in England twice (one trip just for the day)!

I was the first trainee secondee to start at the office. The other two arrived over the next two weeks. The Law Societies Joint Brussels Office shares a floor with other European representative organisations such as the Federal German Bar Association and the Austrian Chamber of Lawyers. So it is a very international environment all with the aim of representing the legal profession (with one exception - the Bundesarchitektenkammer eV (BAK) - that’s the Federation of German Architects to you and me).

Now that we are all here, we have divided up the relevant portfolios between us. Predominantly we are each working with one EU Policy Adviser. Most of my work will be on the areas of data protection, privacy, technology and assisting the Head of Office in her role as Information Officer and Brussels Representative for the CCBE.

Some notable moments of my time so far include attending the European Parliament for an event hosted by ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) on fake news in a post truth society.

The other secondees and I also attended a lunch time event hosted by the Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas who reviewed the first half of its EU council presidency. We also got to meet Baroness Ros Scott, ALDE Party Vice-President who chaired the event.

Last week we attended a meeting of The Law Society’s EU Committee where I provided an update on the EU Transparency Register. This was a good opportunity to hear about relevant issues and meet key individuals from The Law Society.

There has been a lot to get up to speed on, including the structure of The Law Society, how the different EU institutions work, re-freshing my knowledge of how EU law works and also getting to know the local political system. Needless to say I have spent a lot of time reading!

Overall, it has been a great experience so far and I am encouraged by the fact that the team want to ensure I have as valuable and beneficial experience as possible and are keen to expose us all to a wealth of work.

Stay tuned for next month’s update!

Tamasin will be tweeting throughout her time in Brussels and you can follow the Boyes Turner trainees twitter feed here.

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