Why did you choose to work at OC?
The calibre and range of clients that OC has is second to none and they provide for a vastly diverse and exciting range of work to become involved in across all of OC’s service lines. OC also has a great reputation in the legal market for the quality of service it provides and is rapidly growing and expanding its services to other countries around the world and I was keen to be a part of its bright future.
I felt that my time on the vacation scheme with the firm gave me a true insight into what life as a trainee at OC was like and it was one I truly enjoyed. The work was of real value to my development and to the client for which it was being carried out.
What’s the one piece of advice you wish you’d had?
Do not hesitate to ask questions and ask lots of them!
What sets OC apart from other law firms?
I believe that OC’s culture is one that is unique in the legal world. Everyone at the firm is extremely friendly, down to earth and keen to welcome you into the firm. This provides for a working environment that you look forward to entering every day.
From my experience as a trainee at the firm OC are always finding ways to ensure you are constantly learning and developing to become the best you can be.
What is it about Reading that attracted you to these offices?
The Thames Valley office’s keen focus on technology and the digital business sector was a main driving force behind my choice to come to Reading. The smaller office size and smaller trainee intake provides for trainees being trusted with a great amount of responsibility and real work from day one, which was also greatly important to me.
What has been your best experience at OC?
Assisting on the acquisition of Naked Wines Limited by Majestic Wine PLC.
Have you been involved in any charity/pro bono work whilst at OC?
Assisting on advising TVO’s location charity, Dingley Family & Specialist Early Years Centres, on a lease of new premises.
What’s the biggest difference between being a law student and a trainee/lawyer?
The amount of responsibility you are given in dealing with client matters and the work you do is on real matters that makes a tangible difference to a client’s business.