Name: Simon Babar, 24, trainee solicitor at Lovells
Study: Law, Oxford University (2:1)
Graduated: July 2002
It was while I was doing my degree that I received a prize from Lovells for coming top in law in my college. I didn’t do particularly well, but there were only 10 people in my college doing law. I got to go to Lovells for lunch, where I met the head of graduate recruitment and a trainee. On the back of that, I applied to Lovells for a summer vacation scheme, then I got a position with them at the beginning of my third year.
Lovells put me through the Legal Practice Course, which I did at Nottingham University. I found it very structured, with a lot of classes and lectures. But it means you can hit the ground running when you do the on-the-job training.
As a trainee solicitor, I have changed department every six months and each placement has been really fascinating and challenging. The first two were acquisition finance and fraud and insolvency litigation, after which I had a six month secondment to Barclays, and now I’m back at Lovells in the specialist energy group.
One of the reasons I chose a big firm was because of the intensive training, where you get to learn so much not just about law, but about the big businesses that are your clients.