Meet Patrick, a Trainee Solicitor


Patrick Chindo

Trainee Solicitor (2nd seat)

White & Case LLP

I applied to White & Case whilst working at Kobre and Kim where I travelled across multiple jurisdictions assisting in the firm’s service as independent examiner for the U.S. Department of Justice. I developed an interest in complex cross-border work. After researching White & Case, I was struck by the firm’s extensive global reach, interesting cross-border work and guaranteed overseas seat. I could also see that the Firm was looking for trainees who understand international commercial issues and are eager to work internationally and solve problems within different legal systems. Having worked in multiple international law firms and governmental bodies, I wanted to work for a firm that was truly global. I applied directly for a training contract. Since joining the firm, I have not worked on any transactions where the parties are solely British!

In terms of my role as a trainee, so far, I have reviewed and amended legal opinions, offering memorandums, closing memorandums, security documents, global notes and other transaction documents on various bank/bond transactions. I have also been responsible for general matter management and uploading deal documents to our archives. I prepared a legal memorandum with respect to Clearing System operational restrictions on sanctioned Russian entities and English law liability standards. Before each task, my supervisor dedicates as much time as necessary to ensure that he carefully explains the relevant legal and commercial issues I need to consider.

Since joining the Firm, I have received a wide range of training. Before my first seat, the Firm offered extensive training on dealing with personal and professional challenges. These courses have been incredibly useful. At the beginning of every seat, trainees receive department specific training. This training is usually for one week. Throughout my seat, I have also been provided with extensive in-house training courses and materials to help me get up to speed with important legal issues. These training courses are usually recorded and available for us to revisit. The Firm ensures that trainees have all that they need to become the best lawyers that they can.

When I started my training contract, I often doubted the quality of my work and was mindful of asking questions. I quickly learnt that the firm has an ‘open door’ policy whereby partners, associates and professional support lawyers are always willing to help and support trainees. My supervisor regularly provides feedback on my performance. This has allowed me to recognise how well I am doing and the value I have been adding to each transaction.

One of the best things about working at White & Case is the people. I get to work on high profile cross-border projects in a firm that is diverse, inclusive and welcoming. The lawyers at White & Case are very knowledgeable and they are always willing to dedicate time to help and support me. There is no hierarchy in the Firm; all associates and partners are approachable. The Firm also offers many great benefits. My favourite perk is the annual £500 wellness voucher, which I can use for gym memberships, exercise equipment, active wear and even theatre tickets!

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