Matthew Dow

Matthew Dow

Hello! I am Matt, I completed my undergraduate in History and Politics at Oxford in 2014. I have pivoted to law after spending the last few years working in mobile marketing for King, the makers of Candy Crush. I have just finished the GDL and LLB extension at the University of Law, Bloomsbury. Finding a legal role is a meandering experience. I am keen to pass on any lessons learned.

Posts

20/06/2019

Professionalism – an important consideration

Acting professionally is a broad, ambiguous role requirement for junior lawyers – one that is essential when interacting with colleagues and clients. After all, it is one’s professionalism that helps to create the trusted adviser persona to which most junior lawyers aspire. This article examines a number of traits that typify model professionals.

23/05/2019

The GDL – my view a year later

It has almost been a year since I finished the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), aka the conversion course. With this in mind, I thought that it was worth reflecting on what I would have done differently with the benefit of hindsight. This includes the lessons learned regarding the job search, as well as academically.

16/05/2019

Working long hours – a reflection

No matter where you work in the legal sector, you will be working hard to succeed. However, working hard is not synonymous with working late or weekends. Putting in the hours at work is not as important as using those hours wisely. Actively choosing the tasks that you work late on can be a major influence on your future work-life balance. Over the long term, this effective work-life balance management will be a key driver in your career success.

09/05/2019

Inbox management – get started early

Prioritisation, organisation and communication are key skills to demonstrate as a lawyer. One tactic that will help you to manage your workload when you are coordinating hundreds of cases in litigation or controlling important documents in M&A deals as a junior lawyer is inbox management.