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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serra Lee
Serra Lee began her journey at Freeths as a legal assistant, and is soon to qualify into the fun-sounding drinks, hospitality and leisure department. Read more about her path to fully qualified lawyer at this go-getting firm.
- 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.
- Laura Dick
Corporate associate Laura Dick thrives on the high-profile deals that Gowling WLG 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.
- John Matthew
Commercial litigator John Matthew finds motivation in the intellectual challenge of finding creative legal solutions to his clients’ problems. Read on to learn more about the headline-grabbing deals and close-knit culture that make life at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP so enjoyable.
- 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.
- 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.
- Alex Hatvany
Training at Jones Day is unique - trainees are not assigned to a series of seats, but are instead encouraged to seek work wherever they see fit, making the process of gravitating to a final area of specialisation more independent and flexible. Read on to learn more about how training at Jones Day works from current trainee, Alex Hatvany.
- James Boyd
Solicitor James Boyd discusses fast-paced, multijurisdictional litigation and how global presence and collegiality combine at top firm K&L Gates.
- Josie Greener
Josie Greener’s relationship with KWM began as a campus ambassador; she now finds herself as an associate in the commercial litigation department. Read more about her journey and advice she has for those who would follow in her footsteps.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Charlie Clendon
Firms look not only for people who are academic, but who also have some personality and will be able to gel well with their teams, even in high-pressure situations.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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’.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.