Alex Gest was attracted to Bird & Bird by the collaborative atmosphere, small trainee intake and great clients. Now an associate, he describes his fulfilling career at this renowned international firm.
Where law and business collide
Commercial awareness is important, but it can be hard to know where to start. To help, we identify some of the most interesting business news stories in the mainstream press, tweet them from @CityLawLIVE every day and collate them in a weekly news round-up every Thursday. What better way to start to get to grips with the hot business/commercial topics of the day?
Kat Elam is not simply a graduate recruiting veteran, with useful advice aplenty: she is also a onesie-wearing, pizza-making Man City supporter, who makes a great brownie. Learn more about AG’s multi-talented woman here.
Affinity groups, targets, mentors; there are many ways that firms are trying to address the disparity between the number of male and female partners. But is it working? We speak to senior women from a variety of firms to find out their views on the road to equality, the initiatives their firms are employing and how the female partners of the future can help themselves.
As well as completing corporate work during my seat in Singapore, I am involved in commercial, aviation and trade and energy work. I am very much enjoying the diversity of work and the exposure to a wide range of sectors.
I am a trainee due to qualify this summer, but haven’t been told whether I will be kept on. I have enjoyed seats in employment, personal injury (PI) and private client, but which of these areas has the best long-term prospects if I need to apply for NQ positions at other firms?