It's difficult to sum up the people who work at Hogan Lovells – we’re all so different. On the whole, the main thing to say is that the people you’ll meet at the firm are intelligent, driven and encouraging: they work hard but will always make the time to offer advice if you need it.
For me, the most memorable piece of advice I've had was actually on my vacation scheme here. We attended a commercial awareness workshop with Christopher Stoakes, who – as well as having worked for Hogan Lovells and other London firms – has also written brilliant books on how to understand the workings of the City. Prior to his training session, the concept of ‘commercial awareness’ was quite abstract to me, so this was the first time I really understood the concept and its importance for a City lawyer.
My legal knowledge has come so far since starting at the firm, from the first day through to qualification. We’re encouraged to keep on top of legal and regulatory developments which affect our practice. We learn to set specific, attainable goals in our learning and manage our time to achieve them. And of course, we attend monthly training sessions where both internal and external speakers present on topical issues.
Since joining, I’ve definitely grown in confidence. One part of the job I particularly enjoy is being part of strategic discussions with a view to getting the best results for our clients. Even at a junior level, I feel like my contributions are valued in these discussions, thanks to the support of my colleagues. I’m also now responsible for some of the monthly case updates which I present at our group meetings.