Financial Services and Investment Funds
Degree: Politics, Philosophy and Economics, First, Oxford University
GDL: Oxford Brookes
LPC: Oxford Institute of Legal Practice
Why did you decide upon a career in law?
I wanted academic challenge, but set in a business context. The prospect of being well-paid didn’t hurt, either.
What did the application process involve?
There was an application form, and then I was invited for an assessment day. It involved written exercises, a group exercise, an interview with two partners and lunch.
How useful did you find the LPC?
Although I don’t use all the information on a daily basis, it provided a good grounding.
What type of work are you doing in your current seat?
I’m involved with establishing and structuring private equity funds and other investment vehicles. I prepare and draft documents, speak to clients, go to meetings, and do legal research.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Dealing with clients and providing them with solutions. Every day is a challenge. We are given a good level of responsibility – it’s an enjoyable, if steep, learning curve.
What do you like least?
The hours can be long, especially towards the end of a transaction, but often this can be the most satisfying time.
What advice do you have for readers?
Doing a vacation scheme provides a good insight into a career in law. It also shows potential employers that you are serious about your application, and that you know what a career in law broadly entails.