‘Only apply to places you could see yourself working’ Ben Martin
Studied Philosophy and Politics and completed a GDL before joining OC. Bristol

Why did you choose to work at OC?

I chose to work at OC for three reasons. The first was the firm’s reputation for being a modern, open and unstuffy law firm, which would give me the opportunity to work with high-profile clients. The second was the Bristol location and the third was the renewables focus and expertise throughout the firm, an area I am particularly interested in.

What’s the one piece of advice you wish you’d had?

Only apply to places you could see yourself working.

What sets OC apart from other law firms?

OC’s defining characteristic is its genuinely collegiate and relaxed atmosphere. From my experience, many other firms pay lip service to having a good culture but at OC it is something that is given real priority. There’s no face-time culture and everyone is respected as an important and integral part of the firm.

What is it about Bristol that attracted you to these offices?

I was initially attracted to the Bristol location as I went to university here and grew up in Devon. I was also impressed by the quality of the Bristol work and the individuals I met throughout the application process.

What has been your best experience at OC?

I think that my best experience has been that each team has allowed me high levels of autonomy and responsibility. This coupled with the interesting and worthwhile work has meant that my overall experience at OC has been very good.

Have you been involved in any charity/pro bono work whilst at OC?

I have taken part in a team bike ride from Bristol to Reading and am in charge of the fundraising for the team.

What’s the biggest difference between being a law student and a trainee/lawyer?

The biggest difference is that as a trainee, work is far more practical. Rather than focusing purely on academic points of law, everything must be considered in its wider political, economic and social context, whilst taking account of the commercial interests of the client. For me, this practical focus makes practising law more fulfilling and engaging than studying law.

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