Natasha Cooper - Training Contract


Natasha Cooper


I applied to Dentons because I was drawn to the firm's collaborative yet challenging culture after participating in the firm's BAME mentoring scheme. I felt that the firm’s polycentric structure was uniquely placed to prioritise client service because the non-dominant culture promotes a shared goal of achievement. But most importantly because Dentons is a firm of firsts, exemplified by its expansion into Africa and most recently in India. The firm's approach to growth demonstrates its ambition and the variety and quality of work on offer. Attending Dentons' vacation scheme in August 2020 compounded my desire to work at the firm, it gave me a great insight into the firm's culture and typical trainee tasks.

Since joining the firm, I have felt that my personal growth and development has been invested in. In my first seat in the corporate team, I have been involved in a variety of matters relating to private M&A and venture capital. The work I have done has been both interesting and challenging; I have helped draft transaction documents, coordinated electronic signings and undertaken research, among other things. The team are friendly and approachable, which has made me comfortable to ask questions. They are also great at taking the time to explain the broader deal, even if my task is only a small part of the transaction.

There is a strong commitment to growing and developing new talent. This has been shown through the consistent training and feedback we receive. On a more personal level, my supervisor has taken the time to meet with me twice a week to go through work I have done and provide me with constructive feedback. This has not only built my confidence but also improved the quality of my work. This is a testament to the firm's commitment to nurturing talent. In addition to informal training, each department runs training at the beginning of your seat to prepare you for the type of work you'll undertake and weekly training sessions for your ongoing development.

Outside of fee earning work I have been able to get involved in the firm's social committees, helping to organise the departmental and trainee Christmas parties which has been a great way to get to know other people at the firm. Dentons also strongly encourages fee earners and non fee earners alike to get involved with the firm's pro bono and charity opportunities. As well as advising clients at Pop Law, which is mandatory for all trainees, I have volunteered with Amicus, helping to prepare cases for those facing the death penalty in the United States and acted as a mentor for the firm's BAME mentoring scheme. These were all rewarding experiences that I am glad to have had the opportunity to be involved in.

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