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Geneva

Tom Dickson

I have just completed my second seat in the Geneva office. The office is situated on Cours de Rive, a five minute walk from the lovely Lake Geneva.

There are 12 people in the office, all of whom have been very friendly and welcoming. The team handles commodities matters as well as corporate work so there is a mix of contentious and transactional work to be done. Trainees in international offices tend to have access to greater responsibility and Geneva is no exception. I have experienced a wide variety of work and have learnt a great deal as a result of having high level of involvement with the cases. Under supervision, I have had the opportunity to manage a LMAA (Small Claims Procedure) arbitration: I spent time drafting claims submissions and corresponded with the client, Tribunal and Respondent's solicitors at various points in the process. I helped to organise a mediation and produced a draft of the mediation position statement in the run up to the day itself. I also handled a disclosure exercise and enjoyed the challenge of creating an efficient system with which to draw all the documents together.

Geneva has a remarkably vibrant social scene! Many young people come to work for the numerous international organisations that are based here and I have met and made friends with people from many countries, including Norway, Denmark, Finland, Colombia, Mexico and France. During the summer months we spent many evenings relaxing by the lake: swimming, bbqing, and enjoying the reliably sunny weather! Geneva also provides a excellent base from which to explore Europe and I have had some fantastic weekends in Zurich, Bordeaux, the French Alps and Interlaken (the hiking capital of Europe). In winter there are skiing opportunities aplenty and a number of different resorts are only an hour's drive away.