As part of our "A Day At The Firm" Series, we are holding Q&A sessions across the firm, showcasing the amazing talent at RFB. This week we talk to Safiyah Rahim, Paralegal in the Support Team, and a ‘future of the firm’ candidate!
Safiyah is highly intelligent, hard-working and provides a no-nonsense attitude to getting things done.
Which team do you work in?
I support the residential and commercial conveyancing teams. I was based at Baker Street, but recently moved to our Old Street office to work more closely with other members of the support team.
What is the first thing you when you get into the office?
Go straight to the kitchen and put the kettle on. I need some caffeine in my system before I start my day!
What is your typical day like?
The exciting aspect of working for a corporate law firm is that every day is different – some days are busy, other days are super-busy! On a typical day, I check my emails first and see what work has been sent through from the Partners or other fee-income earners. The instructions are sent throughout the day. Most of my work is based around pre-completion and post-completion matters.
What is the culture like at Ronald Fletcher Baker?
Everyone is lovely and very hard-working. RFB has a great attitude not only with their work ethic but also socially at our work events in Summer or Christmas. Because of the Covid-situation, these events have been curtailed – however, our team has a great banter with other teams in the office.
How often do you communicate with senior colleagues on a daily basis?
Every so often. Some of my team members work mainly from home or if they are in the office, they are on separate floors so any queries I do have, they are always available to help either in office or a phone call. Both the Managing Partner and Senior Partner are in the office daily and they visit our team and discuss on-going work commitments and take an active hands-on interest in the running of our business. We also have the opportunity to raise any concerns regarding our workload and communication across the firm – so this is very positive from my side.
If you were not a lawyer, what other profession would you have liked to enter into?
Either in teaching or journalism.
What advice would you give to other budding lawyers?
My advice would be to keep working hard towards your goal. You will have moments of wanting to give up or you may lose focus every now and then, which is perfectly normal however keep reminding yourself why you started this journey of becoming a lawyer. Nothing in life comes easy so don’t give up. Stay focused and work hard and it will all be worth it in the end.