Jamie Rhodes' #FirstImpressions


A few short months into my training contract at Howard Kennedy, my first impressions are…

First impression of the firm and its values?

Franz Kafka once remarked "a lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000-word document and calls it a 'brief'. My initial impressions of HK couldn't be further from this; clients find them approachable and appreciate their concise, commercial and timely advice. 

First impression of the firm's culture?

HK's culture seems to be an excellent blend of industriousness and vibrancy with a determination to provide an excellent service whilst ensuring its people enjoy delivering that service. There is no rigid hierarchy and everyone from partners to trainees are approachable.   

First impression of your seat?

Commercial Litigation has been an excellent start to my training contract. Even at this early stage, I have been given my own cases to run and have regular client contact. The team have been incredibly welcoming and have even treated us to a welcoming lunch.

First impression your supervision and the mentor scheme?

My supervisor has given me autonomy to get on with work but I know he is always there should I have any questions. My mentor has also been excellent and offers me the opportunity to discuss my legal career beyond the training contract.

First impression of the social side of the firm?

Merriment permeates HK's culture. This is epitomized by the bingo which was hosted by drag queen Topsie Redfern and involved limbo, a variety of classic noughties tunes and a live performance of a remixed "Beauty and the Beast". 

First impression of the local area?

Borough Market on our doorstep is excellent for a Friday treat. A quick meal deal is harder to come by with the nearest supermarket being lengthy walk. However, on the bright side, this has encouraged me to bring in a packed lunch; Babybel anyone? 

How Jamie became a trainee

Why did you decide to pursue a career in law?

As a child I wanted to be a television presenter and after making a 'wildlife documentary' on goats, I was fascinated by the fake © my dad added. Since, I have been fascinated how law permeates every aspect of our lives and wanted to learn more about its foundations and uses.  

What career path did you take to get to where you are?

I went to Bristol Uni to study law and, after becoming too familiar with Bargain Hunt in my first year, I got my head down and graduated in 2016. I then studied the LPC in Guildford and spent last year in Baker McKenzie's IP department assisting with knowhow and BD.

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