Why did you choose to work at OC?
I joined OC as a paralegal in the PLEX team in December 2012, so I had been at the firm for 15 months before I started my training contract. I was impressed by the firm’s training, progression structure and ambition, particularly its desire to increase its profile for high level work and expand internationally. I enjoyed my work, got on well with my colleagues and could see that the trainees had a great deal of responsibility – in short, I didn’t want to leave!
What’s the one piece of advice you wish you’d had?
Identify your strengths and give examples of occasions where you’ve demonstrated these qualities – this applies at application stage, assessment centre and interview.
What sets OC apart from other law firms?
It’s friendly approachable lawyers.
What is it about Bristol that attracted you to these offices?
I grew up in Bristol so was excited about returning to a vibrant city, friends and family. The ability to walk or cycle everywhere and proximity to South Wales, Devon and Cornwall also appealed.
What has been your best experience at OC?
Running my own Real Estate matters from start to finish – the level of client contact and responsibility was extremely rewarding.
Have you been involved in any charity/pro bono work whilst at OC?
I completed the Three Peaks Challenge in May 2013 to raise money for The Park and ran the Bristol 10k for Jack’s Star Fund. I’ve also participated in the Merchant’s Academy reading scheme.
What’s the biggest difference between being a law student and a trainee/lawyer?
You need to employ your soft skills – communication, teamwork, time management and organisation. These skills become more important than ever before.