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Spotlight Series- Calum Maclean

What does a typical day as an employment law solicitor and business partner to a wide range of employer clients at LexLeyton look like for you?

On a typical day I get ready for work, grab a coffee and I am usually at my desk for about 0830.  The first thing I do is plan my day and set out the things I need to do.  We then usually have a team call from 9am and after a catch up about any pressing business.  After that, I get started on working through my to-do list for the day – putting together documents and advising clients.

What is your favourite part about working at LexLeyton?

Having come from a mainly advisory background it is great to get an exposure to lots of different aspects of employment law, in turn, this allows me to further develop my skills.  This, of course, could not be done without the support from my colleagues who are great to work alongside.  In addition, the fact that we can bring dogs into the office also deserves an honourable mention.

What are the biggest challenges you face in your job?

Over the last year, given the coronavirus pandemic, employment law has been in a constant state of change.  Keeping up with what is happening has been challenging at times – however, hopefully things are starting to level out a bit now.

What is your proudest moment at LexLeyton?

During my short time here so far I made my first appearance in the employment tribunal at a preliminary hearing – I hope there are more to come!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy walking my dogs, they take up quite a lot of my time!  I also really like cooking – there is something very pleasing about making something edible out of whatever random assortment of ingredients are in my cupboards.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Spotify have a feature which lists the genres of music you listen to most.  This has made me realise that one part of me which has not changed since high school is my taste in music (which is probably for the worse).

What is one thing you can’t live without?

My family.

What is your favourite quote?

One of my favourite authors is Hunter S Thompson and he wrote this in a collection of letters:

“A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance.”

What is your biggest fear?

Moths, I honestly do not know why, there’s just something about them that I find unsettling.

What is something that not many people know about you?

When I was at university I worked in the hospitality industry and came second in a national Edinburgh Gin cocktail competition.  To this day it still hurts that my G and Tea wasn’t the winner!

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