Gateley has a reputation for being a very friendly and sociable firm. And having been here for a year now, I have to say it is well-deserved. Although work is of paramount importance and is naturally the primary focus, there is also a social side to the firm. This can come in many forms and injects a real sense of community into the firm.
Office led socials play a significant role in the firm’s social scene. There is a social committee which is formed of a mix of fee earners; from partners’ to trainees. Being a member of the social committee is a great way to meet and work with colleagues from a number of different disciplines in a more informal setting. It is also rewarding to give back to the rest of your colleagues by helping to plan and execute the events.
The socials take place throughout our English offices. In Birmingham, we recently held a very successful Bingo night where tapas and drinks were also on offer. It was a great way to introduce the new trainees to their colleagues who were all spending their first two weeks in the Birmingham office as part of their induction programme – a few drinks and a game of Bingo was ideal to break the ice and meet the new faces they will be working with.
Past socials have included summer BBQ’s, rounders competitions, quiz nights, and good old fashioned dinner and drinks. A major benefit of having trainees on the social committee is that fresh ideas are suggested with each new trainee cohort, ensuring that no two socials are the same.
Department and client socials
Departments also hold and organise their own socials. These events are smaller by their nature and will typically involve evening drinks at a local venue or a bite to eat. These social events differ from the larger office socials where invariably you catch up with friends from different departments. Here, the emphasis is building a strong collegiate atmosphere between the colleagues that work together day to day. It keeps the team happy and builds long lasting working relationships.
There will also be client focused socials. These can be either organised by clients or by Gateley for our clients. Recently, I attended a cricket tournament with my supervisor that was organised by a client. This was a great opportunity to meet the clients I had been working closely with and other industry figures too, presenting the opportunity to develop my understanding of the marketplace.
The social scene at Gateley is vibrant and diverse, being a real mix of small and large events. They all serve a purpose, whether it is to build relationships internally or externally, or simply, after a long week in the office to wind down and chat with your colleagues and friends.