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.
- 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.
- Emma Clayton
After experiencing working at both high street and City firms, Emma Clayton decided that a ‘middle ground’ where high-quality work is combined with a more relaxed atmosphere and a good work-life balance was the best thing for her career.
- 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 IP 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.
- Nikesh Mistry
Commercial associate Nikesh Mistry details his life at City firm Bird & Bird; how he got there, life as a trainee and the fascinating work that continues to keep him interested.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jason Corden-Bowen
As a district crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Jason Corden-Bowen experiences a huge variety of work and responsibility. Read on to learn more about this rewarding and vocational career path.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ben Richards
Constant exposure to genuine responsibility has been key to Ben Richards’ training experience at DWF. Read on to learn more about the progressive approach to work and training at this modern, forward-thinking law firm.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Faria Ali
Associate Faria Ali was attracted to Herbert Smith Freehills by its great work and inclusive nature. Read on for her take on life as a corporate lawyer at one of the world’s leading firms.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- William Fletcher
Litigator William Fletcher enjoys the challenge of a varied caseload and the pace at which he is required to get to grips with new legal concepts from day to day. Junior lawyers at Macfarlanes are encouraged to develop a broad practice, reflecting the firm’s rare status as a provider of both high-end corporate work and private client services – read on to learn more about life at a firm which punches above its weight.
- Charlie Clendon
Charlie Clendon is a real fan of the working culture at Mayer Brown International, enjoying the fast-paced life of a corporate lawyer.
- 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.
- Francesca Drake
Francesca Drake secured a training contract at leading commercial firm Orrick without completing a vacation scheme or any other formal legal work experience due to the firm’s flexible recruitment criteria. Now a corporate solicitor, Francesca can typically be found advising clients ranging from private equity funds to green energy companies.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Claire Rushton
As an NQ in Skadden’s corporate M&A department, Claire Rushton enjoys exposure to a huge variety of private and public work. Read on to find out more about life at Skadden and for Claire’s advice on standing out in applications.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.