Since joining the firm I’ve developed a much more commercial mind. I think about clients’ problems in the context of their businesses and industries, rather than as an academic issue. Clients expect us to be technically excellent - but they value lawyers who can provide commercially relevant solutions.
I’ve been fortunate enough to go on secondment to two different clients during my time at Hogan Lovells. Having these experiences has allowed me to gain a greater appreciation about the pressures that clients face and how legal advice is often used to help resolve a bigger issue in the business. Gaining deeper industry knowledge and having a better understanding of what is important to clients has helped me become a stronger, more agile lawyer.
Our clients operate global businesses and therefore having an understanding of the way in which different cultures and jurisdictions operate is key. Working with international colleagues provides a great insight into this as well as reinforcing the truly global nature of our work.
I am privileged to work with committed lawyers who rank amongst the most highly regarded in their respective fields. I try to use every opportunity to learn, seek advice and obtain feedback from those around me to help me to develop as a lawyer but also to learn to become the most valuable member of the team that I can possibly be.
Lawyers here are diverse in terms of the backgrounds that they come from and personalities but they are all ambitious, conscientious and bright. I love working in a place where difference is valued – something that was really important to me when applying to firms.
Particularly coming from a non-traditional background, it has been encouraging to see diversity and representation throughout the firm, particularly at senior levels and it’s reinforced for me the fact that at Hogan Lovells, there is a seat for everyone at the table if you can bring something to it.