Steering a Freshfields course to law

It’s almost a year since the joyous festival of sport that is the Olympic Games kicked off in the UK. While there were many highlights of the Games, one day that will stick in most people’s memory was the so-called ‘Super Saturday’ when the home team just couldn’t stop winning gold medals. 

One of the athletes to win that day was lightweight rower Sophie Hosking, who together with doubles partner Kat Copeland stormed to victory at Eton Dorney, prompting Copeland to exclaim, “We just won the Olympics!”

Hosking has now decided that moment can never really be topped and has hung up her oars, announcing her retirement from international rowing at the tender age of 27. Instead, she’s embarking on a career in the law, having secured a training contract at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. We’ll let you decide whether Hosking is destined to be a typical Freshfields partner, sometime in the future.

She joins an eminent line-up of rowing lawyers. Fellow London 2012 teammate Tom Solesbury has just started work at Hamlins as an employment lawyer. Jonny Searle, Olympic gold medallist alongside brother Greg from Barcelona 1992, is in-house at broadcasting company Viasat. Aussie rower Kim Crow, a double medallist from London, is an IP lawyer, and Katherine Grainger, the Scottish rower who beat her in the double sculls final last summer, has a law degree and a PhD in homicide.

Maybe it’s something to do with all those early mornings. After all, if you’re used to getting up before cock-crow to slug your guts out on a cold lake or a rowing machine, how hard can the notoriously nasty work-life balance of a corporate lawyer really be?

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