‘I was looking for City quality work outside London and OC Bristol was the natural choice.’ Hannah Vanstone
Associate Bristol

Why did you want to pursue a career in Law?

When I decided to study law I was still unsure what career I wanted to pursue.  However, law seemed to offer a wide range of interesting career options.  It was through my studies at university and attending work experience in a large US law firm that I developed my interest in a career in corporate/commercial law.

Why OC in Bristol?

I was looking for City quality work outside London and OC Bristol was the natural choice.  I applied for and attended the OC vacation scheme in my second year at university and knew that this was the type of law firm I wanted to work for.

How has your training contract at OC aided your transition to qualified lawyer?

Without doubt, the key advantage is the relationships I have developed throughout the firm during my time as a trainee.  Working on large projects, it is a huge advantage knowing people in other teams and understanding their individual working styles.  Having worked in different practice areas, I am also able to draw upon previous experience in my day-to-day banking role (for example, when working on a real estate finance transaction).

What drew you to qualify into Banking?

I had exposure to clients from day one.  I was able to manage my own workload as a trainee whilst at the same time getting excellent training and supervision throughout my time in the banking team.  The work was often challenging but the variety of work involved (including project finance, acquisition finance, corporate finance and real estate finance) meant that it always remained engaging and interesting throughout my seat.

Typical day?

8.30-9.00am – Arrive at work and check emails.  Respond to any urgent emails.

9.15-10.00am – Attending call with borrower’s solicitors to discuss conditions precedent to facility agreement.  There are various points which I need to pick up after the call with the lender so I call our contact at the Bank to discuss these points.

10.00am-12.00pm – Drafting a debenture (a type of security document) for real estate finance deal.

12.00-12.30pm – Call OC property team to discuss property matters on real estate finance deal.

12.30-1pm – Lunch break

1.00-2.00pm – Review company searches and corporate authorisations prepared by paralegals in relation to corporate finance transaction. Send email to the lender’s solicitors attaching the corporate authorisations for review.

2.00-4.00pm – Reviewing finance documents in the dataroom as part of the due diligence process.  Reporting back to corporate on the key issues arising from due diligence.

4.00-5.00pm – Updating conditions precedent checklist in relation to real estate matter and circulating this to the internal project team and to the borrower’s solicitors.

5.00-7.30pm – Begin drafting a new facility agreement for corporate finance matter.  These are often quite complex legal documents which document the terms of a loan being made from a lender to a borrower.

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