This section offers you profiles of the men and women who have the ability to welcome you to the legal profession with open arms or close the door in your face. Read on for info on what makes them tick, what impresses them and what makes each of their firms unique.

Shoosmiths

Shoosmiths

  • Samantha Hope

When she’s not imagining life as a deli owner or listening to random playlists on Spotify, Samantha Hope is Shoosmiths’ grad rec guru; she suggests we should all embrace failure, among many other sound pieces of advice.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard

  • Erena Pillitteri

Erena Pillitteri came very close to becoming a lawyer herself; combine this with her experience as a graduate recruiter, and her invaluable insight into the route to a training contract is not to be ignored.

DWF LLP

DWF LLP

  • Charis McGowan

Charis McGowan of DWF has advice aplenty on how to impress during the recruitment process; learn more on what to do and what to avoid here.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

  • Emma Ridley

A qualified solicitor herself, Emma Ridley’s careers advice and application tips stem from first-hand experience of both sides of the process. Read on for her salient advice and to learn more about top US-headquartered firm, Kirkland & Ellis.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing

  • Lydia Block

Graduate recruitment adviser Lydia Block has only been at Taylor Wessing for a matter of months, but she has insight aplenty on how to stand out from the crowd.