Early on, I learnt the value of thinking positively. Rather than looking for problems and risks, I try to look for solutions and opportunities. And being part of a truly international firm has provided me with opportunities to get involved in some of the most interesting and complicated cases. It also makes serving clients' needs on cross-border cases significantly more straightforward than would be the case in a less global firm.
We work collaboratively. However good a lawyer you might be as an individual, you’ll achieve far more by working effectively in a team. I try to make sure that everyone I work with – whether on client matters or otherwise – is treated with equal respect and knows why I am asking them to help me.
Hogan Lovells provides an environment where people can be their best by being themselves. There is a good variety of people, which means I don’t think you can say there’s a particular type – but most have in common a desire to provide really good service to their clients, and to enjoy going to work every day.
It can be a joy too. Being a litigator gives you a great opportunity to learn a lot about a particular business or industry in a relatively short period of time. You can unexpectedly find yourself to be an expert (temporarily at least) on quite specific issues, and in doing so you get an insight into the commercial pressures faced by particular industries. Whatever you’re doing, you’ll learn something you will undoubtedly be able to apply elsewhere in future.