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Meet the Lawyer

We can’t think of a better way to find out what it’s like to be a trainee or newly-qualified solicitor than by talking direct to the people who are already doing it. We have interviewed a variety of current and former trainees at different firms to give you a taste of how things could be if you were in their position. Read on for the lowdown on how these individuals made the transition from student to baby lawyer.


Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard

  • 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.


Ashfords

Ashfords

  • 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.


Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP

  • 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.


Baker & McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie

  • 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.


Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird

  • 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.


Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP

  • 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.


Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP

  • 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.


Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

  • 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.


Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

  • 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.


CMS

CMS

  • 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.


Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP

  • 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!


Dentons

Dentons

  • 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.


DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP

  • 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.


DWF LLP

DWF LLP

  • 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.


Foot Anstey LLP

Foot Anstey LLP

  • 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.


Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP

  • 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.


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

  • 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!


Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

  • 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.


Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP

  • 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.


Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells

  • 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.


Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

  • 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.


Jones Day

Jones Day

  • 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.


K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP

  • James Boyd

Solicitor James Boyd discusses fast-paced, multijurisdictional litigation and how global presence and collegiality combine at top firm K&L Gates.


Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP

  • 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.


Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

  • 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.


Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

  • 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.


Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP

  • 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.


Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright

  • 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.


Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

  • 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.


Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP

  • 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.


Ropes & Gray

Ropes & Gray

  • 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.


Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP

Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP

  • 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.


Shoosmiths

Shoosmiths

  • 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.


Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

  • 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.


Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP

  • 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.


Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

  • 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.


Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May

  • 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.


Stephenson Harwood LLP

Stephenson Harwood LLP

  • 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.


Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP

  • 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.


TLT LLP

TLT LLP

  • 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.


Travers Smith LLP

Travers Smith LLP

  • 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.


Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

  • 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.


Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP - Law firm in Yorkshire

  • 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.


Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP

  • 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.


Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

  • 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.


Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

  • 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.


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