Francis Booth

Counsel

  • Degree: French and German; University of Cambridge
  • Joined: Feb 2007
  • Practice Area: Acquisition Finance
  • Office: London
  • Favourite film: The Last Emperor

Francis Booth's journey

The level of international collaboration you’ll experience as a lawyer at Hogan Lovells is part of what sets us apart as a firm. Closing a transaction you've worked on with Hogan Lovells offices all over the world is a very satisfying feeling, and it's fun to develop a rapport over the years with other offices in key jurisdictions.

I've also been lucky enough to go on secondment to our Singapore and Sydney offices. Working in different markets forces you to think on your feet given you can't just defer to familiar norms, and being exposed to different cultures helps round you as a person. Another perk of working so internationally is that despite not having spent any real time in Germany since university, my German is still passable!

As Counsel, when I’m working with junior lawyers, I try to remember what it was like to be in their position. I try to give them context to their work, and encourage them to understand aspects of a transaction above and beyond their prescribed role. When working with partners, I aim to take as much of the transaction off their hands as possible.

Looking back, when I first joined Hogan Lovells I wondered if I could ever do the job of the senior lawyers in the team. I've grown in confidence and self-belief each day I've been here. My advice for someone about to embark on their training contract would be to remember that you're bright and diligent - otherwise you wouldn't have got to where you are - but to bear in mind that so is everyone else. Don't worry if you no longer feel top of the class, and be prepared to make the occasional mistake. In fact, the best piece of advice I’ve ever been given was that to remember that you can't please everyone all of the time.