Degree: Human Sciences, 2.1, Oxford University
GDL: Nottingham Law School
LPC: Nottingham Law School
Firm: White & Case
Why did you decide upon a career in law?
I wanted the opportunity to work with intelligent and motivated people, to be well remunerated, and to embark on a career that gives you options in the future. More specifically, I chose White & Case to gain exposure to top-tier work in an international context, and the opportunity to work and travel abroad.
What did the application process involve?
I filled in an online application form. This was followed by a request for further information. Then I attended two interviews on the same day – one with partners, and the other with HR and an associate.
What type of work are you doing in your current seat?
The department specialises in acquisition finance. I am involved in drafting the documentation for the multibillion-pound loans that are used to fund the current frenzy of mergers and acquisitions.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy being part of a team, not only in terms of our office or even of White & Case, globally but also working within a network – including local counsel, bankers, lawyers, accountants and consultants – all working towards one goal. I also like the fact that with White & Case you are guaranteed a seat abroad. I am spending six months in Tokyo as part of my training contract.
What do you like least?
The unpredictability of the hours.
What advice do you have for readers?
The application process involves a strong element of chance, because so many people of similar ability are applying for training contracts. My advice would be to apply to lots of firms and maximise your chances. Also, try to learn more about the different opportunities available. It is worth investing time to research the differences between the firms, and to talk to people already in the profession who can give you the inside track.