Why did you decide to do your training contract in Birmingham?
While at university I was undecided whether or not to undertake my training contract in Birmingham or London. Ultimately, I wanted a contract with a firm providing excellent training, breadth and quality of work, and a strong client base.
Following detailed research on opportunities available and given that I was also looking for a balance in terms of lifestyle, I decided to apply for a training contract in Birmingham. The next decision was to choose the right firm. I wanted high-quality work and an opportunity to be involved with interesting and challenging transactions that can be offered in national firms. Hammonds has proven to be the right choice. I’m involved in transactions with a diverse range of clients ranging from Aston Villa FC to one of the UK’s largest hotel groups. Although I’m one of 80 trainees at the firm, we’re given a hands-on role in terms of client work. I’m able to build relationships with clients at an early stage in my career, with client meetings, seminars and marketing events.
What’s the best thing about living in Birmingham?
In recent years Birmingham has shrugged off its old image and has become a vibrant place to live and work. There are a number of young professionals living in the city due to the high level of law, accountancy and surveying firms based in the financial district. You’re given an opportunity to attend a large number of events through Birmingham Forward or the Trainee Solicitors Group. With the redevelopment of the Bullring and Brindley Place, and further regeneration in areas of the city, it really is a good time to be here. All facilities are accessible, whether you want good shopping, restaurants or sporting facilities.
What’s your favourite restaurant in the city?
This is a tough one. It would probably have to be Wong’s on Fleet Street. Although Chinese isn’t always my favourite type of cuisine, the food and service there is excellent.
How much does a pint of beer cost in Birmingham?
It very much depends where you go, but some of the more trendy bars can be a bit pricey. Prices range from £2.60 to £3.20.