This section has profiles of over 40 solicitors at different firms, designed to give you a sense of how they got there, what their working day looks like and the advice they have to offer. Read how they made the transition from student to qualified lawyer.


Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard

  • Vicky Niecscier

Inspired by some Shakespearean contract wrangling, Vicky Niescier has gone on to forge a career as a real estate partner at Addleshaw Goddard. Read on to learn about life at this prestigious firm and her top tips for would-be solicitors everywhere.

Ashfords

Ashfords

  • Ruth Gibson

Ruth Gibson has built a legal career in the construction and engineering department of Ashfords on the foundations of previous experience in HR. Read on for her words of wisdom.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP

  • Helen Raynsford

Helen Raynsford works on fascinating corporate projects at Ashurst, a firm that wants to support and develop its lawyers both professionally and personally. Read on to find out about her journey to qualification and beyond.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie

  • Jason Raeburn

As an IP 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

  • Rachael Russell

Rachael Russell may be newly qualified, but she has years of useful experience to share of the inner workings of Browne Jacobson; having been both a paralegal and trainee there, she explains why it’s a great place to train and grow as a junior lawyer.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

  • Beth Fryer

Beth Fryer enjoys an unusual mix of both contentious and non-contentious work in her role as a construction lawyer at Charles Russell Speechlys. Learn more about her path from student to trainee to associate at this dynamic firm.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

  • Andrew-Dane Fairclough

If it’s exciting international work you’re after, Andrew’s career at Clyde & Co is the stuff of dreams – Iraqi pipeline overrun by Isis, travel to Rio and Sydney, and more. Learn about his career path and his advice on how to succeed.

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.

Crown Prosecution Service

Crown Prosecution Service

  • Jason Corden-Bowen

As a district crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Jason Corden-Bowen experiences a huge variety of work and responsibility. Read on to learn more about this rewarding and vocational career path.

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

  • Louisa Mottaz

DLA Piper was the perfect fit for Louisa Mottaz because the firm is a great environment in which to build an internationally focused commercial practice. If that sounds like an interesting prospect to you, read on.

DWF LLP

DWF LLP

  • Ben Richards

Constant exposure to genuine responsibility has been key to Ben Richards’ training experience at DWF. Read on to learn more about the progressive approach to work and training at this modern, forward-thinking law firm.

Farrer & Co LLP

Farrer & Co LLP

  • Katie Rigg

Katie Rigg had a fascinating path to her role as an employment associate at Farrer & Co, via exotic locations including The Hague, Argentina and Budapest. Read on to find out more about her incredibly varied and rewarding work at this pre-eminent firm.

Foot Anstey LLP

Foot Anstey LLP

  • Charlotte Brett

High-quality work, a friendly, team-focused environment and a commitment to having a work/life balance were all key attractions that drew Charlotte Brett to Foot Anstey. Read on to learn more about the great commercial practice at this South West firm.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP

  • Rob Morris

Bowie fan Rob Morris is delighted to be part of a firm that offers that perfect combination of great work and interesting clients, alongside likeable colleagues. Read on to find out more about his career at Freeths.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

  • David Dowling

Gibson Dunn gives its juniors much more responsibility than some of the more traditional City firms - junior associates are even given their own business development budgets. Corporate solicitor David Dowling discusses the opportunities that this affords, as well as the firm's private M&A work and how the balance of power in the City is shifting.

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

  • Charlotte Pitt

Charlotte Pitt has much to recommend life as a corporate lawyer at Gowlings WLG, including intellectual challenge, buzzy work and huge variety.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

  • Faria Ali

Associate Faria Ali was attracted to Herbert Smith Freehills by its great work and inclusive nature. Read on for her take on life as a corporate lawyer at one of the world’s leading firms.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP

  • James Down

Corporate solicitor James Down enjoys the high level of client contact that comes with private company M&A and capital markets work. Read on to learn more about life at full-service international firm Hill Dickinson.

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

  • Matt Smith

Corporate solicitor Matt Smith has greatly benefited from the focus that Irwin Mitchell places on its lawyers’ development during the training contract stage and beyond. Read on to learn more about the varied and interesting work you can expect to be exposed to at Irwin Mitchell.

Jones Day

Jones Day

  • Hannah Rose

M&A associate Hannah Rose has great advice on how to succeed in the world of law (top tip for trainees: carry a notepad with you at all times!). Read on to find out more about her life at Jones Day.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP

  • Christopher Swallow

Associate Chris Swallow enjoys the high-value work that comes with being a member of the real estate department at such a big firm, but it’s the integrated, joined-up nature of how K&L Gates operates that makes it stand out from its competitors. Read on to find out more.

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP

  • Kate Salter

David Attenborough super-fan and dispute resolution associate Kate Salter loves the variety of her role at Kingsley Napley and has great advice to share on how you too can craft a fulfilling legal career.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

  • Kai Zeng

Kai Zeng of Kirkland & Ellis is an advocate for balancing the demands of exciting work in the restructuring team with life beyond the office, something that is actively encouraged by the firm. Read on for his advice on getting ahead and creating a successful career.

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

  • Charlotte Youngs

Charlotte Youngs’ path to becoming a solicitor included self-funding the LPC and a spell as a paralegal – two milestones which many aspiring lawyers have in common. Now a solicitor at Macfarlanes, she enjoys both the technical challenge and client interaction aspects of real estate work – read on to find out more.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

  • Charlie Clendon

Charlie Clendon is a real fan of the working culture at Mayer Brown International, enjoying the fast-paced life of a corporate lawyer.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP

  • Alex Round

Alex Round enjoys the intellectual challenge and variety of practicing planning law within Mills & Reeve’s wider real estate team, while the leafy Cambridge location and the firm’s culture of cultivating a good work/life balance were also strong draws. Read on for an insight into life at Mills & Reeve.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) 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 International LLP

Ropes & Gray International LLP

  • Emma Keating

No two days are the same for Emma Keating – in the special situations team she could be dealing with a finance restructuring one moment and a restructuring the next. Read on to find out more about Emma’s practice and wider life at Ropes & Gray, including training and the firm’s excellent secondment opportunities.

Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP

Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP

  • Vikki Fabian

Vikki Fabian enjoys the combination of a small London office with exciting international work that life as an M&A lawyer at Shearman & Sterling offers. Learn more about her route to law and advice on how to succeed.

Shoosmiths

Shoosmiths

  • Natalie Brody

Natalie Brody thought carefully about where she wanted to train, and Shoosmiths ticked all the right boxes, especially in terms of its supportive culture and ambition. Read on to find out more about her path to qualification at 2015’s ‘UK Law Firm of the Year’.

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

  • Jenny Watts

Jenny Watts has flourished since joining Sidley Austin thanks to the emphasis the firm places on giving trainees real responsibility and plenty of opportunity to develop as lawyers. Read on to learn more about the high-quality commercial work and team-focused environment at Sidley Austin.

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP

  • Beth Hammond

A fan of all things Mexican and speaker of many languages, third-seat trainee Beth Hammond is delighted to be forging her career at international giant Simmons & Simmons.

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

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

  • Claire Rushton

As a NQ in Skadden’s corporate M&A department, Claire Rushton enjoys exposure to a huge variety of private and public work. Read on to find out more about life at Skadden and for Claire’s advice on standing out in applications.

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May

  • Stephanie Kluk

Slaughter and May has always done things differently – from the multi-specialist approach of all its lawyers to the firm’s eschewal of arbitrary billing targets. Read on to learn more about this and life at the firm from associate Stephanie Kluk.

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

  • Raveen Sagar

Client and partner contact on a daily basis has ensured that Rav Sagar is getting the best possible start to life as a solicitor. Read on for his insights into life at Stevens & Bolton.

TLT LLP

TLT LLP

  • Emma Fox

Technology and IP solicitor Emma Fox handles varied and complex matters ranging from contracts and software agreements to data protection. Read on to learn more about Emma’s practice and life at TLT, including how the firm enables its lawyers to find the right balance between work and other life priorities.

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 (London) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

  • 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.