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.
- 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.
- Sammy Hill
I was instantly handed my own case load and encouraged to liaise directly with clients, other solicitors and third-party advisers to progress matters.
- 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.
- Angelia Gavin
Angela Gavin is a staunch proponent of work experience – working as a legal assistant certainly helped to pave her way to a training contract at Browne Jacobson. Read on for a peek inside the firm’s qualification process, business development strategies and commercial practices.
- 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.
- Tom Gorrard-Smith
Tom Gorrard-Smith’s work in Clyde & Co’s maritime department has seen him work with people from all over the world and even become a published writer in his field. Read on to learn more about the law and what Fozzie Bear once described as “the big blue wet thing”.
- Lee Donovan
An exciting secondment to CMS UK’s Moscow office preceded Lee Donovan’s qualification into the firm’s energy department. Read on for more on this truly international firm and its highly regarded approach to training.
- 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.
- Sanjay Dave
Don’t let the cavernous architecture of Hogan Lovells' London office give you the wrong impression – its friendly and supportive culture soon made Sanjay Dave feel at home. Read on to find out more about the firm’s first-rate training contracts.
- 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.
- Josie Marsden
Trainee solicitor Josie Marsden joined K&L Gates partly because of its small trainee intake, which facilitates client contact and high-quality work from an early stage. She has since been further won over by the firm’s active social, community and sports engagement – read on to find out more.
- 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.
- Ben Pykett
Annual global banking retreats in glamorous cities such as Barcelona and Stockholm seem reason enough to enjoy one’s job, but Ben offers many more reasons why working at Linklaters is so fulfilling.
- 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.
- Natalie Coverdale
Natalie offers the lowdown on the immensely rewarding work and diverse client base on offer at Norton Rose Fulbright, along with Hawaiian-themed evenings featuring partners in grass skirts.
- 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’s true appreciation of its importance, among many other great things.
- Jack Bodkin
Jack Bodkin’s language skills, particularly in Mandarin, have served him well as he has built his career at US firm Ropes & Gray, a firm with real international pedigree. Read on for his insights into corporate life.
- 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.
- Samantha Breedveld
Samantha Breedveld has an excellent set of tips that, with the benefit of hindsight, she wished she had followed in her pre-training contract life. Heed her advice in advance and read on to learn more about the exciting life of law at Slaughter and May.
- 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.
- Tom Collins
Since starting his training contract at Stevens & Bolton LLP, Tom Collins has experienced a high level of responsibility across a range of practice areas, from corporate & commercial to intellectual property to private client. Read on to learn more about working at "the City firm outside the City".
- Charlotte Ford
Apple-crumble-making Charlotte Ford was looking for a firm that offered “responsibility, respect and exposure to great work”, and she found it in Taylor Wessing. Read on for her insight into life as a trainee at this leading international firm.
- 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.
- Tom Hartwright
Tom Hartwright of Travers Smith makes the point that firms want more than “head-down drones” – they also want people who are fun to work with, so don’t let your extracurricular life suffer. Read on for more sound advice, as well as details of Tom’s career as a private equity associate.
- Giovanni Castronovo
Originally from Hertfordshire, Giovanni Castronovo has long harboured an ambition to practise law in the City. Now a solicitor at corporate firm Trowers & Hamlins, Giovanni specialises in the highly varied field of commercial property. Read on for a glimpse inside his career.
- Hayley Lawrence
Financial services, health and safety and the law governing data protection are just three of the areas that Hayley Lawrence handles as a member of Walker Morris’ regulatory team. Read on to find out more about Hayley’s (and the firm’s) varied portfolio of contentious and non-contentious work.
- 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.
- Catherine Gurney
Now an associate, Catherine Gurney trained at Weil and is in a position to pass on her experience and pearls of wisdom to those progressing up the career ladder at the firm. Read on to learn more about her fulfilling career.