Why did you choose Ropes & Gray to start your legal career?
A big draw was the culture of growth. The firm takes a natural approach to progression, which has resulted in the London office gradually developing into the good-sized, strong and most importantly, stable practice that it is today. The firm’s small intake and variety of top-quality work were two other key factors for me. With an intake of 12 trainees per year, you will almost always be the only trainee with a junior associate, senior associate and partner above you on a transaction. This structure is fantastic as a trainee, for both your legal development as well as building relations within your department.
How did you find the recruitment and selection process?
The recruitment and selection process at R&G is one of the fairest in the City, as the firm adopts a “CV blind” system in order to eliminate any unconscious bias and hire the best talent. Indeed, with other law firms only deciding to take a similar approach to recruitment recently, I am very proud that R&G was a trailblazer in this area.
How would you describe the firm’s culture?
The legal profession is often labeled as archaic, but the same cannot be said for Ropes & Gray, as the firm is often ahead of the curve on several trends. During my time here, I have seen the office push its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, work to be more “green” and think of creative ways to keep employees connected in spite of the pandemic, with events ranging from online cooking classes to movie nights.
Tell us about a memorable matter you’ve worked on.
One of the most memorable matters I have worked on was a re-financing for a high street makeup brand. The deal spanned almost my entire Finance seat and resulted in a lot of hours. However, following completion, it was fantastic to walk into a store and see a brand that I had played an active role in assisting. I think there is something quite cool about that.
Tell us about a pro bono matter you’ve worked on.
My most proud pro bono moment has been my work with the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre, where I have assisted victims of revenge porn. When you work with an individual who is in dire need of support and you manage to offer some level of comfort to them, it makes you appreciate the real difference you can make as a lawyer.
What tips would you give a potential applicant?
I think advice such as researching the firm, tailoring your application to Ropes & Gray and so on should go without saying. So, my best tip is to be your true self. As an applicant, you want to undergo your training at a firm which is a good fit for you and, equally, you for the firm. When that happens, it creates something special.