This section has profiles of over 30 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.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP

  • Ramesh Pani

A medical background equipped Ramesh Pani with a skillset that is widely suited to life in a City law firm. Read on for his insights into life at Ashurst.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie

  • Jo Hopkins

Jo Hopkins has felt supported and enabled by Baker McKenzie throughout her rise from trainee to senior associate. As a private equity lawyer she works in a traditionally male-dominated area, but as she explains here, Bakers is bucking this trend.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird

  • Rachel Welch-Phillips

One of opera aficionado Rachel Welch-Phillips’ defining early experiences of Bird & Bird was completing the application form, which she felt encouraged her to be herself much more than the other firms on her shortlist. Read Rachel’s profile to learn more about what life is a like as an associate in the fast-paced aviation finance team and whether you might want to apply to Bird & Bird yourself.

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP

  • Chloe Dickson

For chemistry graduate Chloe it was all about finding a firm that matched her scientific background and enthusiasm for interesting clients. In Bristows’ IP litigation team she found just that.

Charles Russell Speechlys

Charles Russell Speechlys

  • Krishna Mahajan

Although corporate deal making failed to ignite a burning passion in Krishna Mahajan, she found her feet as a litigator at Charles Russell Speechlys. Read on to learn more about the opportunities and support the firm provides to aid its lawyers’ career development.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

  • Helen McCrossan

Litigator Helen McCrossan found it hard to secure a vacation scheme without already-established contacts in the legal profession, but thought outside the box to secure other legal work experience.

Crown Prosecution Service

Crown Prosecution Service

  • Nathan Miebai

Nathan Miebai discusses the fantastic training opportunities available at the Crown Prosecution service and offers insights from throughout his career, from being a wide-eyed trainee observing a trial at the Old Bailey for the first time to line managing a team of 15 lawyers today.

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP

  • Emma Ward

Emma Ward is a litigator at Dechert, and has had some amazing experience both as a trainee and qualified lawyer, including in-depth analysis of whether cereal bars are in competition with boxed cereal! Read on for more about her path to law.

Dentons

Dentons

  • Natalie Burns

Natalie Burns discusses the international transactions she loves to work on as well as the firm culture at Dentons, and offers some valuable insights into life at the firm.

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP

  • Hannah Taylor

Hannah is an employment lawyer with experience of life as a trainee and now associate at global firm DLA Piper. Here she recounts her road to qualification and beyond. She offers advice on how to get ahead in the world of law.

DWF LLP

DWF LLP

  • Mahesh Vara

Newly qualified solicitor Mahesh Vara discusses training at DWF and what it was like to be involved in major corporate finance and real estate deals from the get go. Read his profile for more on how junior solicitors participate in business development, how to deal with mistakes during your training contract and advice on succeeding during the application process.

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.

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 UK LLP

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher UK LLP

  • Tamas Lorinczy

Corporate associate Tamas Lorinczy has experience of both life as a trainee and putting together the firm’s relatively new training contract programme. Read his account of life as a lawyer in this entrepreneurial US firm.

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

  • Lisa Boyle

Lisa Boyle at Gowling WLG has long been a proponent of keeping an open mind about what your career might entail; learn more about her path to law here.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

  • Kingsley Boateng

Kingsley Boateng lifts the lid on the high-quality commercial work and progressive culture at Herbert Smith Freehills, providing a valuable insight into the interesting work and high level of responsibility that trainees can expect, as well as how the firm is leading the sector in its approach to diversity and inclusion.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP

  • Kate Fawell-Comley

As a specialist in healthcare law, Kate Fawell-Comley’s role mixes both advisory work and litigation. She discusses how she came into her specialism, the varied nature of her work and the close-knit office culture at Hill Dickinson.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells

  • Amy Harding

Hogan Lovells associate Amy Harding has sage advice to offer about life as a lawyer, including urging trainees not to be nervous and remaining open-minded about where you might end up.

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

  • Syed Mahbub Murshed

Corporate M&A solicitor Syed Murshed explains how the hands-on approach to training at Kirkland & Ellis sets it apart from many of its competitors, while providing a valuable glimpse into what qualified life at the firm is really like.

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

  • Tim White

Tim White describes his firm, Macfarlanes, as a City practice with a truly unique approach, from its smaller trainee intakes to the way it eschews opening offices in other jurisdictions in favour of maintaining a network of relationships with leading overseas firms. Read on for an honest and engaging glimpse into Tim’s career as a solicitor in the finance department.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

  • Alexandra Aninoiu

The interplay of economics and politics is what makes competition law such a fascinating area to work in for Alexandra Aninoiu. Read about how she came to such a technical specialism after her non-law degree and gain an insight into life at Mayer Brown, from how the different teams work together to the business development opportunities for junior lawyers.

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.

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 litigious insolvency 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.

Shoosmiths

Shoosmiths

  • Keisha Phippen

Commercial associate Keisha Phippen describes her carefully considered path to law and the interesting work and supportive team that is part of her career at Shoosmiths.

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

  • Eleanor Cizeron

Dynamic and varied transactional work and a team-focused, collaborative culture are what make life at Sidley Austin so enjoyable for newly qualified solicitor Eleanor Cizeron. Read on for an insight into the many opportunities for trainees at the firm.

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP

  • Phoebe So

Phoebe So always knew she wanted to be a lawyer; find out how she got her dream job and what working as a corporate associate at City giant Simmons & Simmons is really like.

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

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

  • Craig Kelly

M&A lawyer Craig Kelly discusses his varied, fast-paced and fulfilling career at Skadden, where strong client relationships and opportunities to try new things help to define the firm’s culture, and provides a valuable insight into Skadden’s vacation scheme and recruitment process.

Stephenson Harwood LLP

Stephenson Harwood LLP

  • Amir Mahdavi

Amir Mahdavi describes the exciting, international nature of arbitration work at Stephenson Harwood – and how continuous opportunities to interact with colleagues and clients from all over the world enables him to keep developing both professionally and personally.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP

  • Luke Stewart

Challenging, varied work, client contact and early involvement in business development have all contributed to a great training experience at Stevens & Bolton for Theology graduate Luke Stewart. Read on for Luke’s insights into life in the corporate team, as well as the firm’s wider culture.

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.

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

Vinson & Elkins RLLP

  • Nadine Amr

A vacation scheme at Vinson & Elkins proved to Nadine Amr that the firm’s work in the energy sector, international outlook and small teams were the right fit for her. Read on for tips on following in her footsteps.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP

  • Laura Demaine

Commercial associate 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

  • Richard Burrows

Richard Burrows’ career so far is a great example of the excellent opportunities available in the North West. Read on to learn about the early responsibility Richard was afforded as a trainee at Weightmans and how his practice has developed since qualifying.