John Smith

John Smith Solicitor

Overview

It is very rare to walk into a law firm for the first time and to be instantly put at ease. Upon my arrival at the assessment centre for the vacation scheme, one of the first things we were told was that no question is a stupid question – something which, as a very nervous student, unfamiliar with the process, I really appreciated.

Currently, I sit in the corporate department, having previously sat in pensions, disputes and employment. One of the key advantages to a six-seat system is that you are able to tailor your training contract more easily around what interests you. Trainees have regular meetings with their HR contact to discuss seat options and they do their best to help you make the most of your training contract and gain experience in areas that interest you.

At Burges Salmon, trainees are given the opportunity to work on challenging and stimulating deals and transactions for high-calibre clients. I have been given lots of responsibility since I joined the firm. For example, I was asked to act as the main client contact on an interesting horse doping case during my time in disputes, which involved contacting the client directly on a regular basis. Trainees also receive great support and training from their supervisors.

But we don't just work hard at Burges Salmon. There are numerous clubs and societies to get involved in, frequent departmental social events and on the last Friday of every month the whole firm gets together and has a drink and a bite to eat, to catch up with each other and meet any new faces. I have also been actively encouraged by the firm’s diversity committee to get involved in local LGBT events, including Members which is a free network designed to provide a meeting place for LGBT professionals for business, social and networking opportunities. This is just one example of the firm's commitment to encouraging diversity and equality of opportunities for all.