Degree: Law, 2.1, Sheffield University
LPC: Nottingham Law School
Why did you decide upon a career in law?
I did a law degree at university, and from that I knew I wanted to pursue a career in law. I liked the idea of doing something intellectually challenging, and I knew it was the right kind of job for me.
What did the application process involve?
Back then, there was an application form to fill out online. If you were successful, you were invited for interview. There was one interview with an associate where you talked about your interests, experience and background, and then a more specific commercial interview with a partner. You were given a corporate situation, and you had to discuss the commercial issues that might arise from it. [The application process now includes a critical reasoning test.]
What type of work are you doing in your current seat?
We work mostly on cross-border, multi-jurisdictional transactions such as large-scale sale-and-leasebacks involving hundreds of properties. As a trainee, you immediately get to meet and work with the network of lawyers across the globe. Working at a large City law firm, you really feel you are at the cutting edge.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The variety of the work, and also the people I work with. At Linklaters, with 130 trainees starting in most years, there is a collegiate feel that I like. It means there is always someone to go for lunch or have a drink with. Now with the tailored LPC course trainees will have a chance to meet before they walk through the door, too.
What do you like least?
The most challenging part is that as a trainee, every day you do something for the first time. Also a lot of documents require a high technical knowledge of the law, so keeping up to date with legal changes is another challenge.
What advice do you have for readers?
Apply for vacation schemes. Although the scheme I did was not at Linklaters, it was a great chance to see what goes on at a law firm. Also, fill in application forms carefully. Try not to cut and paste answers, and tailor your responses to specific firms.