My Pride Story: The ‘other’ mother

It took a long time after Willow was born for me to start to feel like a “parent”. Society links “parenthood” to if you provided the genetics, and people feel they are owed an explanation on who her dad is and what we know about him. I’ve had people immediately gloss over me and ask […]

My Pride Story: When personal identity and professional practice meet

My Pride story started pretty cautiously. I think I have always had a strong underlying sense of self (old school reports often included phrases like “Nick has a strong sense of justice…” or, perhaps less positively, “Nick is quite opinionated…”), but I wasn’t comfortable coming out to anyone except my closest friends until I was […]

My Pride Story: From Greece to the UK

I started as a legal assistant at Freeths exactly one year ago. Since then, I have achieved two of my greatest goals of securing a training contract with the firm and becoming involved in the firm’s LGBTQ+ network, SHINE. At the age of 14, I declared to my parents that I would be moving abroad […]

“Never let anyone tell you what you are capable of achieving”

Name: Zaqia Rashid Organisation: TLT Role: Head of public inquiries and public law Based: London Year qualified: Scotland 1992; England and Wales 2007 What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? My most vivid memory is working on a Fatal Accident Inquiry in Scotland which involved the suicide of a female prisoner in HMP […]

“I miss the adrenalin rush of a corporate deal”

Name: Karl Jansen Organisation: Freeths Role: National managing partner Based: Nottingham Trained at: Davies Arnold Cooper Year qualified: 1990 What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Although I’m showing my age, it has to be the many hours spent at the fax machine! That apart, I really enjoyed my articles (showing my age […]

“I chose a career in law over a career in TV”

Name: Katie Chandler Organisation: Taylor Wessing Role: Partner Based: London Trained at: Taylor Wessing Year qualified: 2007 What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? My first week at Taylor Wessing when I was asked to attend the trial of Conor Medsystems Inc v Angiotech Pharmaceuticals Inc to be a witness bowler for the […]

By far the hardest question in interview has been ‘Are you a good person?’

Name: Davinder Mann Organisation: UK Infrastructure Bank Role: General Counsel and Company Secretary Based: London Trained at: Herbert Smith Year qualified: September 2003 What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Sorting out hundreds of car park leases during my real estate seat late one night only to peer out of Exchange House to […]

My most vivid pupillage memory? Prawn involved in Road Traffic Collision”

Name: Sara George Organisation: Sidley Austin Role: Partner, Head of Crisis Management for Europe Based: London Trained at: Criminal Bar – Chambers of Ann Rafferty QC 4 Brick Court Year qualified: 1999 What’s your most vivid memory from being a pupil? Representing the driver of a seafood van topped with an enormous papier mache prawn […]

“I nearly became a professional massage therapist”

Name: Gurminder Kaur Nijjar Organisation: Irwin Mitchell Role: Group Deputy General Counsel Based: Birmingham Trained at: Harvey McKibbin Solicitors Year qualified: 2011 What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Attending a hearing on behalf of client for their alcohol/premises licence application. The client found the whole process confusing and was completely reliant on […]

“My hardest career question to date: “Are you happy?””

Name: Paddy Linighan Organisation: Clyde & Co Role: Chief Sustainability Officer Based: London Trained at: Robson Rhodes Chartered Accountants Year qualified: 1990, ACA, ICAEW What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I pursued an accountancy training contract not because I wanted to be an accountant per se, but to see and experience how […]

“Being thoughtful about career decisions doesn’t mean you have to know what you want to do next”

Name: Shikha Sethi Organisation: Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Role: Director & Legal Counsel, EMEA Based: London Trained at: Allens (Sydney, Australia) Year qualified: 2012 What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Making my first court appearance to request a stay of proceedings. I spent the entire morning nervously rehearsing the three sentences I […]

“Sometimes specialising opens up more doors than it closes.”

Name: Matthew Merkle Organisation: Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison Role: Partner and head of European capital markets Based: London Trained at: N/A (US-qualified lawyer) Year qualified: 2009 What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee/pupil? As a junior associate in New York, my most vivid impression was a sense of being overwhelmed by […]

Linklaters associates get innovative

What does it take to be an innovation lawyer at Linklaters? With technology evolving at rapid pace, Linklaters has been appointing associates as dedicated team contacts to connect each of its three key divisions to the innovation group.

Judi Gadsby, Goodwood

A trip to Goodwood: GC preps for motorsport history

For legal head Judi Gadsby, a lunchtime walk through the Goodwood Estate, with her golden retriever in tow, is one of the many perks of her day job. The 300-year-old estate is the seat of the Duke of Richmond and comprises nearly 11,000 hectares of land in Chichester, West Sussex. As head of legal at […]

Camilla Waite, PPL

PPL’s top lawyer on the challenges of music licensing

“Everyone is a music lover at PPL,” says Camilla Waite, general counsel of the music licensing company. Waite keeps her interests broad: her pre-lawyer days were spent running middle distance for the junior GB team. She details the galvanising process of training for Team GB, likening the bonds created to that of a training contract. Now, […]

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My career story: “I left law to become a poet”

Mona Arshi is a prize-winning poet and former human rights lawyer. She recently won the Forward prize for best first collection.  You began your training contract at JR Jones in the same week that Doreen and Neville Lawrence instructed the firm on the murder of their son Stephen. How did that time influence the rest […]

Deborah Grimason

My career story: Travis Perkins general counsel Deborah Grimason

Travis Perkins general counsel Deborah Grimason grew up around business – though she’d be the first to admit that her father’s bakery delivery business in rural Northern Ireland was a far cry from the FTSE 100 company she now guides through legal minefields. Grimason knew two things growing up: that she wanted to enter a profession […]

David Patient

My career story: “I moved into management”

Travers Smith’s David Patient gives his advice for those moving into a management role. Was moving into a management position always a career objective for you? It has certainly not always been a career objective for me, but something that evolved over time. I had the good fortune to have the opportunity to open our […]