Associate, Commercial Real Estate
Why did you choose Forsters?
Everything I researched about the firm sounded positive and I felt it would be a good match for my personality and work ethic. Needless to say I got my application off as soon as possible, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Why did you decide to qualify into Commercial Real Estate?
Forsters has a great reputation for its property work, and that is apparent across all of our departments. Commercial Real Estate is at the centre of it all and is the heartbeat of the firm. I was attracted to the department by the responsibility they give to juniors, the relationships you build with your clients, and the fact that you get to interact with nearly every other department through work-related matters.
What does a normal day at Forsters consist of?
A normal day for me, as a junior in Commercial Real Estate involves a lot of emails and phone calls, and therefore a lot of client contact, which is one of the best parts of the job. The work consists of drafting a variety of documents, negotiating the terms of lettings and sales and carrying out due diligence for purchases, as well as the general on-going management of our clients' property porfolios.
What is the most interesting thing you have done at Forsters to date?
As a trainee in the Residential Property department I got to attend the launch of a brand new development in East London where buyers (our potential clients!) were coming to reserve their property and exchange contracts there and then! I got to advise clients on the spot in a pressured and time-sensitive environment and had to make sure I knew my stuff!
What hours do you generally work?
My normal hours will reflect my workload. I usually get in just after 9 and on a good day I'll be gone by 7.
What is the most challenging part of your role?
Forsters put a lot of faith in their trainees, in the knowledge that they are capable of doing almost everything that is thrown at them. Making that step up to being a junior solicitor has been an exciting challenge as I learn to take on more work in terms of volume and variety. The great thing is that the support is always there if you need it, from partners to paralegals, and working with my fantastic colleagues helps me overcome whatever challenges I may have!
What do you enjoy most about working for Forsters?
I never mind coming into work and even if I am not particularly looking forward to a particular piece of work, walking through Mayfair to our offices always puts a smile on my face.
What is Forsters like socially?
Needless to say the social side of work is great. There are regular firm-wide events attended by people who work in a variety of jobs across Forsters. I love the sporting side of things too - playing football, softball and cricket for the firm.
Finally, what three words would you use to describe Forsters?
Collaborative, social and growing
Former trainee, Joined September 2015
Studied Law (Durham)