My vacation scheme at Hogan Lovells gave me a clear idea of what the firm was like. Everyone was really friendly, easy to talk to, and happy to discuss any task or answer any question. The partner who interviewed a few of us for the scheme even took us out for dinner one evening to congratulate us on being selected.
I think the relationships and the level of interaction between everyone help set Hogan Lovells apart as a firm. The best example for me is a partner I worked with in one of my seats who always took the time to check in on me, make sure I was happy with my workload and give me honest advice on my career progression.
In my current seat I focus on airplane financing. The clients are all recognisable airlines and you can see matters you've worked on in the news. My work has encouraged me to develop a better understanding of different cultures and how best to interact with clients from around the world. It's really satisfying when we complete a matter where a number of different moving parts around the world all line up.
Since I joined, I've worked hard to develop my 'softer' skills. My networking skills have definitely improved, and I’ve focused on developing relationships with clients. Professional standards always have to remain high, but once you forge a strong relationship with a client, everything becomes easier. A brief session we had on mindfulness has also stuck with me. It’s a reminder to look after your mental health even when there's a lot going on.
Life in the London office is exciting, challenging and busy. My advice to anyone joining us here is to ask lots of questions. People are often scared that their question might be or silly. But no-one here will think that, and it's far better to make sure you understand everything.