Degree: Law, 2.1, Leeds University
LPC: Nottingham Law School
Firm: Travers Smith
Why did you decide upon a career in law?
I have wanted to study law for as a long as I can remember. I think it goes back to my childhood – watching LA Law on television. However, I didn’t know if I wanted to be a solicitor or a barrister. During the course of my degree I got work experience at a corporate law firm in Leeds, which confirmed my interest in a career in corporate law.
What did the application process involve?
At the time we had to send in a CV with a covering letter. At some other firms you have to do a specific application form. I was then called to a first interview with one partner. If you get through that, then there’s a second interview with two partners.
What type of work are you doing in your current seat?
Banking is a transactional seat, and we do a lot of work on corporate deals, putting the appropriate debt finance in place for our clients. At present we are acting for a company rather than a bank. We are negotiating with the bank’s lawyers to agree the various loans they will need to acquire another company. If you are interested in City work, Travers Smith is great. It’s not a huge firm where you get lost in the crowd. We work in small teams and get great training, and you really feel your contribution as a trainee is valued.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I like the fact that every day is different. Also, you get involved in really interesting work. At firms such as Travers Smith, you learn not only about law but also about how the City works. If you enjoy problem-solving, law is a good career to choose, because every client and deal have unique challenges that need to be resolved.
What do you like least?
The hours can be demanding. We’re not working till midnight every night, but at a City firm it’s certainly not a nine-to-five job. But you become used to that, and you feel achievement when you get to the end of a deal.
What advice do you have for readers?
The most important thing is to consider what type of law you are interested in – corporate, family, property, general high street and so on. A whole range of law firms practise different kinds of law. Then I recommend people get work experience at a law firm, either on a vacation scheme at a large firm or through a work experience placement at a local solicitors. That will help you decide if the firm is right for you. It will also help you to decide what areas of law you are interested in. Plus it looks great on your CV.