A career in law is always a constant juggling act. Your day never turns out the way you expect it to when you arrive at your desk. It’s fast-paced, exciting, and full of opportunity to build the career you want. After all, you’re in the world's most important financial centre so you get to work on really high quality transactions.
As a trainee and then as an associate, I worked on a wide range of transactions and cases as I built on what I had learned at law school. There’s been plenty of opportunity to develop my technical legal skills over the course of my career, and I have to say, you never stop learning.
The law changes over time so you have to stay abreast of legal developments relevant to your practice. But it's surprising how often you have to go back to first principles. You will never know everything, but with lots of practical experience, you at least become better at spotting issues and knowing what questions you should be asking (even if you don't know the answers).
Technical legal skills are vital, of course. But they’re not enough to enable you to do a good job. As you become more senior, you'll learn to manage and lead teams of more junior lawyers; you'll develop strong organisational and communication skills; and you’ll improve your ability to analyse vast amounts of information and identify the key issues. Those skills will be useful to you, no matter which area of law you decide to pursue.
Everyone is learning all the time, so there are no egos and no prima donnas – we're normal people. We take our jobs seriously but we don't take ourselves too seriously. It means I enjoy coming into work every day because I like the people I work with. And I know that my colleagues will support me.