Why did you choose Forsters?
I was fortunate enough to secure a place on the firm's summer open day. The Mayfair location was an instant draw and I was made to feel more at ease than I had been at other firms. Each department gave an overview of their work and major clients and the Managing Partner, Paul Roberts, spoke to us about the vision and impressive growth of the firm. I left the open day convinced that Forsters was the firm for me.
Why did you decide to qualify into Corporate?
I enjoy the proximity corporate work gives you to the world of business and it is interesting to get an insight into how individuals and larger companies conduct their day-to-day business affairs. The variety of work and wide range of clients were also influential factors when choosing to qualify into the Corporate team. For instance, I have worked on a private family restructuring, a corporate property acquisition and a number of joint venture arrangements over the past few months.
Describe a typical day in the life of a trainee at the firm.
It is difficult to describe a typical day as most days you will end up doing something you weren't expecting to do! Having said that, every morning I read my emails to see if there is anything urgent to action or prepare for. I then check my to-do list from the previous day to prioritise which tasks I should continue with or begin first. In a non-contentious seat such as Commercial Real Estate or Corporate, a trainee's day will often involve drafting documents, managing the flow of documents between parties on busy deals and taking part in conference calls or meetings. In a contentious seat such as Dispute Resolution, a trainee will often be asked to undertake research tasks, record minutes of client meetings, file documents at court and manage court bundles. I also always try to pop out into Mayfair at lunch and catch up with my fellow trainees or colleagues from previous departments.
What do you enjoy most about working for Forsters?
Forsters is such an enjoyable place to work, combining interesting, intellectually challenging work and great people in an approachable and relaxed atmosphere. This makes Forsters a unique environment to be a part of and a great place to train. The support staff are fantastic and go out of their way to help, which is very reassuring.
What is Forsters like socially?
Where to start… The firm hosts quarterly drinks events, summer and Christmas parties, an annual summer quiz and a treasure hunt around Mayfair for our major clients. Similarly, departments hold their own separate events and are invited to client functions. In the Residential Property Department, I took part in a dragon boat racing competition hosted by a major developer, which was brilliant. I am also involved in the Forsters cricket club which assembles for a net session at Lord's each month in preparation for the annual property industry cricket tournament in Kew.
Finally, what three words would you use to describe Forsters?
Smart, collegiate, ambitious.
Second year trainee
Joined September 2016
Studied English & Related Literature (York)