Degree: Law, 2.1, London School of Economics
LPC: BPP, London
Firm: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Why did you decide upon a career in law?
I came to England from Sweden because I thought it would be a good platform for my career. I wanted something with an international reach and an academic angle. My mum used to be a lawyer, so I spoke to a couple of her acquaintances, and I was intrigued by law as a career.
What did the application process involve?
I originally applied to Coudert Brothers [in 2005 Coudert announced its break-up, following which several of its assistants and partners moved to Orrick]. The process involved sending a CV and covering letter.
What type of work are you doing in your current seat?
I have been fortunate in that I’ve had a wide variety. We work in a small chain, so mostly I’m with an associate, senior associate and partner. Day-to-day, I’m involved in various things including the drafting of board meetings and due diligence. In addition to corporate work, I’ve also had the chance to take the role of company secretary. I have also done some pro bono work.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The people I work with. At first I was a bit nervous about corporate, as I didn’t think I would be well-suited to it, but everyone is approachable and friendly. People always apply to American firms because they like the sound of long hours and higher wages. But one of the key advantages of Orrick is the number of trainees – it means we get a good variety of work, and there’s not much time spent photocopying, as some trainees fear.
What do you like least?
Probably the unpredictability of hours. I know a lot of people make no plans, because at 4pm something could land on your desk. Being a planning freak, I find that hard to cope with.
What advice do you have for readers?
Take the opportunity to do vacation schemes, and go to open days to get a feel for what you’re letting yourself in for. Also, be as honest as possible with the application process. My approach was that I didn’t want to work for an employer that wasn’t on the same wavelength as me.