I studied law at Durham, and was actually the first in my family to attend university. Then I took a Training Contract at Linklaters before qualifying in 2015. As part of my Contract, I spent six months in our Madrid office.
In my view, it's culture that's the important difference between law firms.
People at Linklaters are very supportive of each other, which makes the job a lot more enjoyable. We bounce ideas off each other when faced with challenges. So, Trainees will find themselves debating interesting legal questions with Partners who have years of experience.
The firm takes work-life balance very seriously. Among other things, associates have the option to work from home one day a week, which I intend to do. And Linklaters gets behind volunteering and pro bono work. Shortly after qualifying, I co-founded a pro bono project to help LGBT asylum applicants. It would not have been possible without the support of Linklaters.
As Chair of our LGBT Network, I do a lot of volunteering and outreach work. This has included abseiling down the Orbit Sculpture in the Olympic Park, hosting panel discussions on equality and working with human rights organisations. I'm also in the Linklaters Choir, which regularly performs at concerts.
Linklaters is a very forward-thinking law firm, and coming up with imaginative, innovative solutions is a big part of each day. Even as a Trainee. Research you do can end up informing a court judgment or forming part of a new legal instrument.
Linklaters is also excellent across a broad range of practice areas, so you're spoilt for choice when deciding where to spend each of your Training Contract seats. The benefit is that on day one, you don't have to know where you want to specialise. You can try a few practice areas and know they're all at the top of their game.