Having spent my entire career at Hogan Lovells, I've grown significantly and my role has developed to take account of this. It's been the perfect atmosphere in which to develop my skills, as I've been lucky to work for people who’ve supported me throughout, but also given me space to grow.
What I’ve learned is that whenever you think you've found the answer to something, step back, pause, and think about it again from another angle. It can be tempting when you're working under pressure to rush to what seems a sensible conclusion. However, the place we can really add value as legal advisers is in taking a measured approach and ensuring that a problem has been thought about fully.
I’ve learned a lot about financial services during my time as a lawyer at Hogan Lovells. I have worked exclusively in this sector since qualifying and have done two secondments with a major banking client. I qualified shortly before the financial crisis, so I’ve been at the cutting edge of contentious regulatory and disputes work.
These secondments have been a great way to build relationships with clients. You get to develop good friendships with them while also understanding the challenges they're under and appreciating what's likely to make their lives easier.
The way we collaborate is a great thing to be able to offer clients. I worked with other law firms in the US, and to be honest, nothing really compares. Being part of our one firm mentality really does enable you to work together in a different way. It's great to build relationships with local and worldwide colleagues and deliver something to your clients that you know they couldn't get elsewhere.