First impression of the firm and its values?
An ambitious, dynamic and sociable firm. There is an emphasis on expressing your personality, rather than conforming to a particular "type" of lawyer.
First impression of the firm's culture?
I've found it to be a supportive, down-to-earth culture where people at all levels of seniority are very approachable. It's therefore very non-hierarchical compared to firms I've worked at in the past. The open plan office also creates a sociable atmosphere.
First impression of your seat?
There's been a high level of early responsibility and client contact. In insolvency there's a good mix of contentious and non-contentious work and I'm often involved in interesting meetings with new and existing clients. I've also bagged a desk with a stunning view of St Paul's.
First impression your supervision and the mentor scheme?
I've found both to be highly approachable and supportive. My supervisor ensures that I'm exposed to a variety of work. We have weekly catch-up meetings to discuss our matters. The occasional coffee with my mentor is a great way to ask any questions in a more relaxed setting.
First impression of the social side of the firm?
The firm's charity bingo night was a particularly lively affair. Still not sure how I got talked into entering that limbo competition...
First impression of the local area?
Borough market and its many surrounding bars are dangerously close to the office. The George is a fantastic nearby pub for post-work drinks. I'm also a fan of Borough Bistro and London Grind does a superb coffee just across the road.
What career path did you take to get to where you are?
It's varied from litigation paralegal work in the City for 3 years to selling Cornettos in my local cinema during my A levels. I've also had sprinklings of bar work and waitering along the way, as well as volunteering as an English teacher in Asia.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career?
My A Level English teacher, Mr Ballinger. All round legend but more importantly encouraged me to study law at university and pursue a legal career.
What are you hoping to get out of your trainee-ship?
I'm looking to learn as much as possible from the lawyers at the firm. I'm still not 100% sure where I wish to qualify, so I'm hoping to be exposed to a variety of work which the firm's sector focus attracts.
What would your alternative career choice be and why?
To play football for the mighty Brentford FC.
What advice/top tip would you give to trainees in the recruitment process?
Naturally nail the basics: preparation, research (especially any areas of the firm's expertise that you're interested in) and find what differentiates Howard Kennedy from its competitors. Most importantly - express your personality.
Can't go wrong with a steak from the Hawksmoor.
Best holiday destination?
Vietnam – fascinating history and culture, great weather and beer as cheap as 12p!
Last film you saw or book you read?
Sapiens – highly recommend.
"My world does not end with these four walls…Slough's a big place…"