" 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.