Leah Glover, DWF
23 June 2014
Name: Leah Glover
Position: Trainee solicitor
University: University of Nottingham
Hobbies: Snowboarding, Cooking and Electric Guitar
Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 30/10 (including vac scheme applications)
Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?
I’ve wanted to be a solicitor since a really young age. The law, and the possibility of having a good debate, have always fascinated me. I used to be obsessed with any law sitcom although obviously as I grew older I researched the realities of the profession!
What were the biggest challenges you faced when trying to secure a training contract?
Standing out from the crowd and understanding the true culture of the firms I was applying for.
What was the toughest training contract interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer?
I have been asked the question ‘Would you represent a person who had been accused of a sexual offence against a child in their criminal trial?’ This question was asked by a corporate law firm, not a criminal firm, and so I wasn’t expecting it which made it a little more difficult to answer.
If you are asked a question you are not expecting - don’t panic! Just pause and take a few seconds to formulate your ideas. My answer was yes, for several reasons. Firstly, the rule of law provides that everyone has the right to a fair trial and to representation, with no exceptions.
Secondly, our legal system views persons to be innocent until proven guilty. The role of the defending solicitor is to present the facts to the jury, as the prosecution do, and it is for the jury to decide who is innocent and who is guilty.
Thirdly, the defending solicitor has a very important role in ensuring there has been no abuse of process, by police officers or the Crown Prosecution Service.
Finally, even a guilty individual needs representation; they may have mitigating circumstances which should be put to the judge to help them with sentencing and determining the appropriate punishment.
Tell us a bit about the type of work handled by the department you’re in at the moment…
Banking is all about assisting clients, who may be borrowers or lenders, in granting or securing loans. Most of the work I have done has involved assisting clients in securing loans to acquire or develop property.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?
I enjoy the non-contentious contract drafting.
What about your job didn’t you expect before you started?
That I would prefer non-contentious work – I always saw myself as a litigator but in practice the realities are quite different from the glamour that you see on Silk. You are at the mercy of the court and the case can often take a long time to be heard in court. I much prefer the fast paced negotiations of a commercial contract deal or a banking deal. My advice to all those entering the profession would be to keep an open mind as you may be surprised what areas of law you end up enjoying the most.
Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about?
My colleague discussing our bowling social, which is due to take place in a couple of weeks’ time. The firm organises a number of Young Professional events and socials which are a great opportunity to network and meet other people working in the City.
Where’s the best place to go to get your office’s gossip?
The kitchen of course!
Describe your training partner in three words.
Pragmatic, practical and sound.
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).
I once fell in a lake fully clothed when walking through Wimbledon Park; I once fell down a mountain in Austria when snowboarding; I once fell through a bar in the same manner as Del Boy on Only Fools and Horses. I too had too many pina coladas.
If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?
Teacher – I like to explain things to people.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in law?
Keep an open mind, work hard and you will succeed.