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Trainee solicitor lifts the lid on his fast-paced ‘Wall Street’ lifestyle at West Country high street firm

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He’s Bristol’s answer to Gordon Gekko

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A fresh-faced trainee lawyer at a small West Country-based law firm has revealed his Wall Street-esque lifestyle in an amazing online diary.

Shaun White — who is a trainee at Bristol “boutique” outfit Cook & Co — has lifted the lid on what a “typical” working day consists of, thanks to a new journal-style entry published on the firm’s website earlier this month.

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With magic circle lawyers still tucked up in bed, White kicks his day off at 5:45am. Having received his morning motivational quote from his supervisor — courtesy of 1980s blockbuster Wall Street — the young trainee has already submitted the first draft of an “asset sale” by 5:46am.

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The clock strikes 5:50am and it’s time for a hit of caffeine while White checks “what’s on tap for the day”.

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White reveals to readers he is currently part of an important research study being undertaken by boffins at the University of Bristol. Measuring his physical activity on his commute to work, it’s now 6:45am and White — pedometer attached — heads into Cook & Co headquarters.

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Arriving at his desk at 7:15am, the young trainee has another “brew” while he peruses the Financial Times, brushing up on his commercial awareness.

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It’s not even 8:00am and the young lawyer is getting stuck in to some proper legal work. On today’s agenda, a spot of insider trading the acquisition of a construction firm.

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Morning rush over, White’s supervisor treats him to lunch at one of Bristol’s fine eateries. The trainee — who studied law at the University of Bristol — has a “sirloin steak” cooked “blue” while checking out his “brand new company iPhone”.

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After an afternoon working on big money deals, it’s now 4:45pm and time for White to rub shoulders with the West Country’s great and good. It’s a top networking event with local coffee shop Bakesmiths providing the catering.

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At 7:45pm White gives his office desk a quick tidy before leaving. Oh, but there’s just enough time for one last Wall Street inspired motivational quote from his supervisor.

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