Jack O'Shea's First Impressions


Why did you decide to pursue a career in law?

I chose to pursue a career in law because I have always had a commercial interest and it seemed to fit my particular skill set. This was confirmed by a ten-week internship in New York, where I found that the fast pace of the job and teamwork aspect were what appealed to me.

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

I took a fairly conventional route to arrive at Howard Kennedy. After my undergraduate degree in the US, I undertook the GDL and LPC at the University of Law in Moorgate, completing two Vac Schemes during my GDL.

First impression of the firm and its values?

I was attracted to Howard Kennedy because it is moving forward and has ambitious targets, which is definitely what I've seen since I started working here.

First impression of the firm's culture?

The firm places a strong emphasis on its people. Everyone is encouraged to get involved as much as possible in the firm's activities and we are given an impressive amount of support, which helps foster the entrepreneurial spirit that the firm has. 

First impression of your seat?

Property litigation has been a great first seat so far. I have enjoyed the dual aspect to it, meaning I have learnt a lot about commercial and residential property, as well as the litigation process. It can be a technical practice area but no two days are the same, which I like. 

First impression your supervision and the mentor scheme?

Having a supervisor that sits so close has made it a really easy transition into the seat. They, and the whole team, are always willing to help you with any problem you're having, big or small.

First impression of the social side of the firm?

It is definitely one of the more social firms - everyone goes for drinks on a Friday at a local bar and there is a drinks trolley on the last Friday of every month. There are also lots of events that you can get involved with.

First impression of the local area?

London Bridge has so many great restaurants. My favourite is Brindisa just outside Borough Market - it does amazing tapas. 

The best pub is The George - hands down.

If you want another great place to go and relax after work, Flat Iron Square just down the road has lots to offer. 

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