A career in law appealed to me because it is competitive and challenging. The legal landscape is hugely diverse and requires you to be adaptable and proactive to keep in touch with the most recent developments. I was attracted by the idea of engaging with clients, listening to their concerns and developing innovative solutions to their problems.
I chose to apply to Fladgate because the firm is renowned for the responsibility it gives trainees throughout their training contract. The firm is growing at a substantial rate and I felt that Fladgate would give me the opportunity to play an active part in that growth. This has certainly held true. Fladgate’s expertise in a wide range of legal areas is incredibly well respected and revered so I felt that it would be the perfect place for me to develop a broad legal understanding. The firm is also very welcoming, resulting in a friendly and unintimidating working environment.
The graduate recruitment process was thorough yet personable, certainly reflecting the firm as a whole. It was very clear that all involved, including partners, had taken the time to consider each candidate carefully. The assessment day was challenging but also enjoyable and a valuable learning experience. The tasks really explored each candidate’s skill set, ranging from their legal aptitude to teamwork and conversational competence. It was refreshing to see a firm focus not only on academic ability but candidates’ intangible skills too, an emphasis that was also evident in the final interview.
All law firms are different. Time and care should be taken to research a firm and get a sense for what it looks for in trainee solicitors. Some firms deal with large corporate clients, some with entrepreneurial businesses and others with high net worth individuals. There is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Generic applications and pre-written interview answers are easy to spot. Whilst it can be frustrating, the time you put in doing research and tailoring your applications will certainly pay off and shine through!
A typical day for me usually kicks off with an early morning gym session followed by 9am arrival at the office. I like to read through and respond to emails that have come in overnight whilst eating my breakfast. I am more productive in the morning so I like to get cracking with my most important tasks first. This will often entail drafting documents or reviewing legal contracts. At lunchtime, I like to take some time out of the office to get some fresh air or meet the fellow trainees. During the afternoon, I try to respond to client or colleague queries that have come in throughout the day. I like to get on top of things as much as possible so I don’t get any nasty surprises. Before heading home, I write myself a to do list for the next day. The firm often arranges social activities after work and during the summer months I play in Fladgate’s Touch Rugby, Cricket and Football teams.
I love watching all sports, ranging from American football and baseball to cricket and rugby. I played American football for four years at university and have attended NFL games at Wembley Stadium on numerous occasions. I am an avid supporter of Manchester United and can always be found glued to the nearest television screen on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon cheering them on. I also enjoy exploring London, regularly grabbing a bite to eat at the city’s many markets, bars and restaurants. I love travelling further afield when I get the chance and have a long list of destinations that I am eager to tick off.