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" The commercial context

is always changing"

On multi-specialism in practice:

Eniola, trainee, Law with French Law

graduate from Oxford University

Day-to-day this meant balancing

different things for my supervisor

with work for other associates or

partners. With Corporate being a

central part of the firm, you get

involved with many of the other legal

groups in different practice areas.

Does that stretch you?

Yes, but that's exactly what attracted

me to the firm. Through the

multi-specialist approach, I have

gained a range of experience in

just one seat, making the work

interesting, varied and exciting.

I am constantly learning and the

commercial context is always

changing. How your legal

advice sits within clients'

business operations creates

another intellectual hurdle

- it's definitely not legal

advice in a vacuum.

The impact that has on

the legal skills you need

to employ is fascinating.

You are five weeks into

your Dispute Resolution

seat. How is it going?

Five minutes into my first day my

supervisor called, asking me to pick

up some documents, jump in a taxi

and attend a meeting to instruct

our new counsel. My supervisor, the

client's General Counsel and the

barrister were discussing elements

of case law to support our argument

- I really appreciated being involved

in that. It took up a lot of the first

week, but since then I have worked on

four matters, including a competition

damages claim in the High Court.

Your first seat was

Corporate. How was that?

That began with three different

matters on the first day. I probably

worked on at least ten throughout

the seat, all very different in nature.

These included a big investigation

into IT-related issues; a corporate

governance review for a major public

company - very interesting because

we were looking at how the company

functions and how to improve it; a

rare gemstone sale; public and private

mergers and acquisitions, including a

reverse hostile takeover, and various

share and asset sales.

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