I have worked my way through from trainee to equity partner and count myself lucky that I chose Walker Morris for my training contract rather than one of the City firms.
No to City firms
Whilst many of my friends trained with City firms, I chose Walker Morris because of its reputation as a commercial hothouse, a client list that any City firm would be of envious of, and the opportunity of working in the legal and financial capital of the North. I have not looked back.
Trainee to equity partner
Having worked up through the ranks from trainee to equity partner, I can honestly say that it is the quality of the people who make up Walker Morris and the high calibre of clients, which has made my time most satisfying.
During my training contract I was given the opportunity to work on secondment at the merchant banking arm of a large European Investment Bank. This provided great insight into how deals are put together before they reach us lawyers, and this experience has remained invaluable throughout my career.
True teamwork culture
At the end of the day, this is a people business. It's about true teamwork. At Walker Morris we are used to working together face to face on a daily basis delivering relevant and joined up advice seamlessly.
As well as being a trusted advisor and providing good commercial advice, I find I also have to act as a mentor for clients. Good lawyers need to really understand their client’s business and understand its key drivers. My training and the people around me have taught me so much, it now seems second nature to pass this on to clients and colleagues.