Exclusive: Equity trainee reveals his Wall Street lifestyle in Bristol
28 October 2016
A trainee has shone a light on his go-getting life at a Bristol law firm.
According to Shaun White's account of a typical day at Cook & Co posted on the firm's website, he rises early, beginning each 15 hour stint in the office with a quote from Wall Street.
And the similarities between Cook & Co staff and Gordon Gekko don't end there. As the trainee's itinerary reveals, he's already a master of the universe.
Unfortunately he's also the subject of a clinical trial, which his supervisor appears to have convinced him is vital work.
After a busy morning running matters ("trainees are treated as future associates and therefore I’m able to do some substantial work
"), it's time to wow the locals.
Apparently lunch isn't for wimps after all. Then it's back on the deal rollercoaster, where White handles clients with consummate ease, aware that every battle is won before it is ever fought.
On a normal day the trainee wraps up at around 6pm, but as Cook & Co is hosting "Bristol Young Guns"
, a networking event, he must stay late. White's verdict is conclusive.
Most intakes have at least one 'trainee partner', but it's apparent that White is simply following his boss, who may or may not be in on the joke.
The boss is Managing Partner Charles Cook, who bills himself on something called the TV Talent Supermarket
as a "charismatic, young TV lawye
r". His biography, for any TV bookers reading, states that he:
- "Qualified with international law firm, Laytons"
- "Quickly progressed to Associate Partner"
- "Has a keen interest in waterskiing and powerboats"
- "Has a holiday home in Salcolmbe, Devon"
- "Enjoys listening to a wide range of music including music from the era of the 80's"
- "Hates eating fish and seafood"
Unsurprisingly, he lists his favourite film as Wall Street
. Cook's firm profile picture reveals that, like his hero, he loves his phone. There's even a peephole for the logo.
||"You know what my dream is? It's to one day be on the other end of that phone."
However his trainee is learning fast.
||"This is the kid, calls me 59 days in a row, wants to be a player"