Joey Marshall

Trainee Solicitor
London

Joey Marshall

Trainee Solicitor
London
Lisa Goodman

Joey Marshall

Why did you choose to apply to Ropes & Gray?

After attending a firm presentation, I realised that at Ropes & Gray I would be exposed to high-quality international work that matched my career ambitions. I also felt confident that I would find my place and provide value in a supportive environment that would ensure I reach my full potential.

Tell us about the Tokyo Route and why you applied for it?

The Tokyo Route supports UK-based candidates who want to pursue a career in Japan. A typical Tokyo Route trainee would have strong Japanese language skills and an interest in the Japanese private equity market. During the training contract, Tokyo Route trainees complete three seats in London plus a fourth seat in Tokyo. Whilst based in London, Tokyo Route trainees are expected to work as part of the London team.

How did you find the recruitment and selection process?

I found the blind recruitment process to be a refreshing approach to recruiting talent. In particular, the CV-blind interview at the assessment day gave me confidence that I would be considered based on merit and on a level-playing field with other candidates. I also found that the written application and interview questions were more dynamic, allowing candidates to better engage with the relevant assessments. This in turn facilitated in-depth discussions. 

In the vacation scheme, the process is broader than merely performing at the final interview and in relevant exercises. It is important is to have the intellectual curiosity and motivation to ask original questions in workshops, reach out to lawyers/trainees and contribute to real work. 

During the recruitment process, what additional touchpoints did you have with the Tokyo office to build your relationships and be assessed for the Tokyo Route?

I was able to speak with several Tokyo partners and explore whether the programme matched my career goals. I also had a ‘coffee chat’ with a Tokyo partner during the vacation scheme, which helped build a relationship on a more informal basis. In terms of the actual assessment, the Tokyo team assigned me with a research-based task, which involved using my Japanese language skills and applying my knowledge of the Japanese market. I was also interviewed by a Tokyo partner in both Japanese and English. 

What tips would you give a potential applicant?

Make the most of every opportunity. At early stages this includes attending Ropes & Gray open days and law fairs. These events provide a direct insight into the firm’s ethos, allowing candidates to decide if the firm is a good match for them.