Degree: Law, 2.1, King’s College, London
LPC: BPP, London
Firm: Eversheds (London office)
Why did you decide upon a career in law?
I have always been interested in the impact that law has on the corporate world and its role in business. I enjoyed reading law at university, and my interest was reinforced through participating in various vacation schemes. One of my vacation placements was at Eversheds’ London office – this was the one I enjoyed the most because of the work I was given and the environment I was in. I had the opportunity to work in different departments, so I found it interesting and learnt a lot there.
What did the application process involve?
When I finished my vacation placement at Eversheds, I was informed there was an opportunity to apply for a training contract. I followed the application process (filling out the application form). My application was accepted, and I subsequently had an interview with graduate recruitment and a partner. Because I had done the vacation placement, the firm already had a good insight into my capabilities. They then sent me a letter confirming I had got the
What type of work are you doing in your current seat?
My current seat in tax is wide-ranging – it includes research, problem-solving, drafting documents, responding to questions regarding tax on points of law, and interacting with other departments in the firm. I will be qualifying into the corporate tax department. The role is technical, varied and interesting.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
During my training contract, I’ve been given meaty jobs to do, along with plenty of supervision and guidance. One of my highlights was a three month pro-bono secondment to the Mary Ward legal centre in Holborn, central London. I was given a lot of responsibility. It was a great experience, and it improved my ability to communicate with people at different levels, as well as my advocacy skills.
What do you like least?
Eversheds recognises the need for work/life balance, so I can’t complain about the hours. Everyone in the City works hard when they’re busy. When you do end up staying late at Eversheds, it is noticed and appreciated. When it’s not so busy there is no pressure to stay around for the sake of it, as there is at some law firms, .
What advice do you have for readers?
The best advice I can give is to attend careers events and law fairs. Speak to representatives from law firms, and apply for vacation schemes to get an insight. Law firm brochures often give out the same message – the best way to make an informed decision is to experience it for yourself.