This section has profiles of over 40 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.

Ashfords

Ashfords

  • 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.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP

  • 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.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie

  • 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.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird

  • Ella Hutson

After several years of working as a doctor, Ella Hutson made a career change to commercial law to join another international organisation operating in a number of diverse areas, with an equal focus on people. In Bird & Bird’s corporate team, Ella’s work is highly varied, with opportunities to build strong client relationships.

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP

  • 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.

Charles Russell Speechlys

Charles Russell Speechlys

  • Beth Fryer

Beth Fryer enjoys an unusual mix of both contentious and non-contentious work in her role as a construction lawyer at Charles Russell Speechlys. Learn more about her path from student to trainee to associate at this dynamic firm.

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. As an associate at Clyde & Co Helen relishes the combination of academic rigour and commercial thinking, as well as opportunities to get involved in the firm’s notably progressive business development activities.

Crown Prosecution Service

Crown Prosecution Service

  • 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.

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP

  • 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!

Dentons

Dentons

  • 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.

DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper UK LLP

  • Louisa Mottaz

DLA Piper was the perfect fit for Louisa Mottaz because the firm is a great environment in which to build an internationally focused commercial practice. If that sounds like an interesting prospect to you, read on.

DWF LLP

DWF LLP

  • 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.

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.

Foot Anstey LLP

Foot Anstey LLP

  • 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.

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.

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

  • Charlotte Pitt

Charlotte Pitt has much to recommend life as a corporate lawyer at Gowlings WLG, including intellectual challenge, buzzy work and huge variety.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

  • 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.

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.

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

  • 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.

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP

  • Charlotte Youngs

Charlotte Youngs’ path to becoming a solicitor included self-funding the LPC and a spell as a paralegal – two milestones which many aspiring lawyers have in common. Now a solicitor at Macfarlanes, she enjoys both the technical challenge and client interaction aspects of real estate work – read on to find out more.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP

  • 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.

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.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • Claire Rushton

As a 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.

Stephenson Harwood LLP

Stephenson Harwood LLP

  • 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.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP

  • Raveen Sagar

Client and partner contact on a daily basis has ensured that Rav Sagar is getting the best possible start to life as a solicitor. Read on for his insights into life at Stevens & Bolton.

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.

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.