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

  • Garry Elliott

As both a corporate partner and the training principal at Addleshaw Goddard, Garry Elliott is perfectly placed to provide insights into the firm’s culture, training programme and work. Read on to learn more about life at this dynamic City firm.

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.

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.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

  • John W Rife III

Corporate partner John Rife offers an insight into the relationship building and negotiation skills that are vital for lawyers working in the private equity industry, as well as the culture of excellence and collegiality on which Debevoise & Plimpton prides itself.

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 Group Plc

DWF Group Plc

  • 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

  • Louisa Steele

An innovative six-seat training system is just one of the ways that Farrer & Co takes the career development of its lawyers seriously, and the high number of partners who trained at the firm is further testament to the high-quality work and culture that make Farrers a great place to work.

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

  • James Holland

Associate James qualified in 2017 and has already seen his role and responsibilities develop on the case he has worked since being a trainee. Find out more about his work in technology patent disputes and how he decided on Gowling WLG.

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

  • Laura Marginson

Laura started her career at Hill Dickinson as a legal administration assistant and now works in the employment team. It’s the people in her team and in her firm that have motivated her to keep going.

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 LLP

Irwin Mitchell LLP

  • Ravil Hirani

Ravil Hirani discusses the varied nature of life as an intellectual property solicitor, work-life balance, international business development and more, in this wide-ranging insight into careers 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

  • Maeve Keenan

From “hands on” days spent in police stations to afternoons reviewing complex documentation for white-collar criminal cases, there is always a human element to working in Kingsley Napley’s crime team. Maeve Keenan explains the appeal of the job and provides an introduction to what the firm is really like.

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

  • James Taylor

James Taylor divides his time between high-end corporate private equity work – involving lots of client contact and negotiating – and being a trainee supervisor. Read his profile to gain an insight into what being a corporate solicitor actually involves, as well as some valuable training contract advice.

Shoosmiths

Shoosmiths

  • Jessica Berkeley

Corporate NQ Jessica Berkeley originally planned to become a barrister, but has no regrets whatsoever about her ultimate choice to join Shoosmiths, not least because of the firm’s fast-paced venture capital work which can involve everything from veterinary clinics to artificial intelligence.

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

  • Jonathan Schuman

Jonathan Schuman discusses why the strategic element of litigation makes it such an appealing area to work in, and provides a valuable insight into the non-hierarchical, collegiate working culture at Simmons & Simmons that gives juniors exposure to interesting work and responsibility from an early stage.

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

  • John Garland

John Garland is a solicitor in the projects and construction team at Trowers & Hamlins. Here are his insights into joining the firm as a career changer with a non-traditional route to law, the wide variety of contentious and non-contentious projects work on offer, and the wider office environment at Trowers.

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

  • Charlotte Smith

One of the most appealing aspects of being an employment lawyer is the variety. Charlotte Smith provides a glimpse of what a career in the employment team at Walker Morris is really like, from advising Premier League football clubs to attending employment tribunals.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP

  • Ambre Cross

Associate Ambre Cross had been with Weightmans for five years when she started her training contract with the firm. Find out how her career has progressed, and what her job in the cross-border team now entails by reading her profile.