Degree: French and German, 2.1, Oxford University
GDL: Nottingham Law School
LPC: Nottingham Law School
Firm: Simmons & Simmons
Why did you decide upon a career in law?
While at university, I considered going into academia, but the expense of further study prevented me from pursuing this. I did not want to waste my degree and go into a job where my language skills would not be necessary. With that in mind, I did internships at an international law firm and an investment bank. I found the law firm environment appealing: interesting people, interesting work, and plenty of scope for working with foreign clients. As a result, I knew a career in law would appeal to me.
What did the application process involve?
It was relatively painless: I submitted a CV, application form and covering letter over the internet. I was then invited to an assessment day. This comprised a document exercise, an hour-long interview with a partner, and a further written exercise in the afternoon. In between all this, we had an informal lunch with some trainees, who also showed us round the firm. Within a couple of days of my interview, I had an offer letter.
What type of work are you doing in your current seat?
I”m involved in an exciting case online casino that”s about to go to trial. The timetable has been tight, and the team have had to work hard. I”m currently interviewing witnesses and drafting witness statements. I”ve also had a lot of contact with our barristers. I”ve been in court on a few occasions, mainly thanks to an injunction application we made on behalf of our client. Gratifyingly, we won.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Working with stimulating, intelligent people. I also like the fact that litigation is very much the frontline of law. All the knowledge that you learn at law school and from doing research can be applied, and can have tangible, rewarding results.
What do you like least?
Sometimes the hours can be stressful, but it depends on what you”re doing. Working hard can take its toll, but that”s what it”s like in the real world.
What advice do you have for readers?
Trainees are always the best people to talk to when it comes to advice on a career in law. Particularly in City firms, they can give you a "warts-and-all" description of how life is at a big firm. I would also recommend visiting any firm that you intend to apply to. It always helps to get a feel for a place, and to decide whether you like the people. After all, you may be spending the next 30 years with them.