Meet the Lawyer
- Aster Crawshaw
History graduate Aster Crashaw has long since learned that the outcome for the client is always more important than pride or precedent. Read on for his lawyerly wisdom.
- Giles Lane
The technological age we live in makes the role of an IP solicitor one of the most fascinating legal careers out there, according to Giles Lane. Read on for his insights into IP practice, as well as work experience and the attraction of South West firm Ashfords.
- Sonica Tolani
Having already lived in three countries growing up, working on international deals that appear on the front page of the Financial Times and the globetrotting that this entails suits Sonica Tolani down to the ground. Here are her tips on how to be successful in the corporate world.
- Jason Raeburn
As an intellectual property solicitor at Baker & McKenzie, Jason Raeburn’s work regularly centres on cutting-edge technologies and business models. Read on for more on the opportunities and experiences that come with working at such a forward-looking firm.
- Alex Gest
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.
- Katie Rooth
The route from a sciences degree to a career as an IP solicitor is well established, although Katie Rooth is quick to point out that a sciences background is not a prerequisite for working on all things patented and trademarked. Read on to find out more about Bristows, its training contract and its IP litigation practice.
- Angelica Hymers
Newly qualified solicitor Angelica Hymers enjoys a wide range of work as a member of Browne Jacobson’s government and infrastructure team. Read on to learn more about life at the firm, as well as for Angelica’s sound advice on gaining legal work experience.
- Lucy Scott
Former one-time children’s party host Lucy Scott chose Charles Russell Speechlys LLP for its winning combination of high-quality work with a work/life balance. Read on to find out more about Lucy’s career in corporate and the firm’s qualification process.
- Carl Hotton
Early involvement in high-quality commercial work, new challenges and foreign travel have all been key ingredients of Carl Hotton’s training at Clyde & Co. Read on to learn more about life at the firm.
- Munal Mehta
Munal Mehta is a corporate lawyer at international firm CMS. Learn more about working in private equity, and the sorts of skills you need to excel in this exciting environment.
- Joshua Smith
French-speaking Joshua Smith details the highlights of his Dechert experience and offers advice on how to succeed in your own training contract quest. Bonne chance!
- Rachael Dixon
Corporate solicitor Rachael Dixon has a lot of hard-earned knowledge to share – from providing you with detailed insight into what practising commercial law at Dentons is really like, to the best ways of securing work experience. Step this way for her invaluable advice.
- Jack Randles
After an exciting training contract which involved a secondment to Hong Kong, Jack Randles qualified into DLA Piper's IP department. Read on for more about trademarks, copyright, patents and everything else that a career in IP entails.
- Megan Carr
DWF trainee Megan Carr was attracted to the firm by the wide range of experience offered by the unique six-seat system, and she hasn’t been disappointed. Read on to learn more about her journey.
- George Pawley
Although he has no immediate plans to scale Mt Everest, George Pawley enjoys conquering legal problems and climbing the legal ladder. Find out more about his career progression at regional favourite Foot Anstey.
- James Clamp
Basing an entire career on the desire to be a movie-based, military-lawyer type may not seem like a great way to start, but things have worked out beautifully for James Clamp, real estate lawyer at Freeths.
- Nick Ames
A promising beginning as a tennis scholar in the United States was just the start for Nick, who soon found his way back to the United Kingdom and life as a Freshfields lawyer. Game, set, law!
- Alex Lloyd
Alex Lloyd has never been afraid to go off the beaten track, whether in finding the right job or the perfect (if less famous) Bob Dylan record. Now a corporate solicitor with his own marketing budget, Alex has plenty of sound career advice to share. Read on to find out more about life at entrepreneurial firm Gibson Dunn.
- Jack Murphy
An impressive array of work experience, including mini-pupillages, shadowing a judge and promotions for a radio station, helped Jack to secure his training contract at this northwest stalwart.
- Charlotte Cartwright
Charlotte Cartwright hung up her dancing shoes for a career in law – a decision which proved to be the right one, despite having to learn a different set of moves. Read on to learn more about her life at Hogan Lovells, with its varied practice areas and tight-knit culture.
- Emma McPeake
Real estate lawyer Emma McPeake hopes to visit Antarctica one day; in the meantime, excitement can be found in her dream firm, Irwin Mitchell. Read on to learn more about her career and the advice she has to offer.
- Chris Slack
Big real estate deals have been a real highlight of the well-travelled Chris Slack’s training contract so far. Read on to learn more about the non-rotational training system at Jones Day.
- James Boyd
Solicitor James Boyd discusses fast-paced, multijurisdictional litigation and how global presence and collegiality combine at top firm K&L Gates.
- Connie Atkinson
Connie Atkinson always knew that she wanted to be a family lawyer, and so it came to pass, at Kingsley Napley. Read on to learn more about her fascinating work and life at the firm.
- Phil Kurek
International arbitration specialist and Korean cooking enthusiast, Phil enjoys glamorous travel as part of a fulfilling career in the dispute resolution department of Kirkland & Ellis. Read on to learn more.
- Sion Davies
Mayer Brown is active in all of the world's major markets, meaning that we can help our clients all across the world. Read on for more insight into life at international firm Mayer Brown.
- Alex Pickett
Life in the banking and finance team at Mills & Reeve is always varied and exciting. Read on for Alex Pickett’s insights into practice and applying for a training contract.
- Charlotte Davies
Psychology graduate Charlotte Davies was drawn to law by the prospect of applying critical analysis skills to real-life situations. Read on to learn more about how training at international firm Norton Rose Fulbright has lived up to that desire.
- Will George
Organised with military precision, Will’s route to law was orderly and clearly defined. Learn more about his role as a combatant - sorry, litigation associate - at Orrick.
- Daniel Hutton
Daniel is clued up about the fact that an on-site gym and restaurant do not a good work/life balance make - rather, he values Osborne Clarke LLP's true appreciation of its importance, among many other great things.
- Alex Pusey
Newly-qualified associate Alex Pusey is proud to be part of a firm that is ambitious and "open to new ideas"; find out more about his path to qualification and the exciting work that happens at Ropes & Gray.
- Philip Stopford
Shhh! Don’t tell everyone, but Philip thinks that Shearman & Sterling is one of the best-kept secrets in the City. Read on to find out more about life as an associate at this hidden gem of a firm.
- Megan Holden
Megan Holden thought carefully about where she wanted to train, and Shoosmiths ticked all the right boxes, especially in terms of its supportive culture and great work. Read on to find out more about her path to qualified litigator.
- Tiberio Simonelli
Drawn to Sidley Austin by a desire for high-quality transactional work in a more personal, collegiate environment, Tiberio Simonelli has already worked on some big deals. Read on for his insights into life at this US-headquartered firm with a broad London practice.
- Erin Rose
Erin Rose is a strong advocate of work experience, especially as a means of distinguishing yourself from the many excellent candidates vying for training contracts. Read on for more advice and insight into life as a Simmons’ trainee.
- Joseph Hone
Joseph’s first experience at Skadden was defined by the candid approach the firm took – “There was an honesty about the people and the process at Skadden which was lacking in some of the other firms I had spent time in” – and he’s now happy to be training in that very same environment.
- Chris Baird
Chris Baird is a corporate solicitor, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Slaughter and May takes its multi-specialist ethos seriously, which means that its lawyers enjoy a wider and more challenging variety of work than at many other firms. Read on to find out more.
- Alex Thornton
SH associate Alex Thornton describes what he enjoys about life at a firm that offers great quality of work, the chance to interact with interesting people and an appreciation of individuality.
- Angelica Liddell
Currently enjoying the breadth of experience that a six-seat system provides, Angelica Liddell describes why being a trainee at Stevens & Bolton is all she hoped for and more.
- Ben Jackson
Ben Jackson was attracted to TLT by its reputation and those of its lawyers whom he had met. Now one himself, he describes what else makes the firm a great place to train and the work he has been exposed to so far.
- Katie McGarry
Katie McGarry of Travers Smith gets the requisite buzz from corporate deals – a good sign that she’s in the right line of work. Learn more from her about the benefits of working with people you like in a supportive and non-hierarchical firm.
- Jess Arczynski
Associate Jess Arczynski is excited about the fast-paced and stimulating housing and regeneration work that she does at Trowers, a global firm that taps into her own international background.
- Laura Demaine
Commercial solicitor Laura Demaine loves the satisfaction of seeing a deal go through, as well as the under-one-roof culture of Leeds-based national firm Walker Morris. Read on to learn more about the firm’s transactional work, as well as its innovative six-seat training contract model.
- Muhna Rehman
Muhna loves the fact that Weightmans offers the chance to learn from leaders in their fields, who are also approachable and never make you feel “silly asking a question”. Read on for more on what it means to train at this top 50 firm.
- Ellie Fialho
Deserted island holidays may beckon, but Ellie Fialho gets as much of a kick out of her challenging work at international giant Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Read about her journey from music student to corporate lawyer here.
- Laura Dick
Corporate associate Laura Dick thrives on the high-profile deals that Wragges is instructed on, as well as the praise that her authentic Chinese cooking elicits. Read on to learn more about being a lawyer at this dynamic firm.