Case study

Magnus Taylor — Trainee solicitor

Clyde & Co LLP

Magnus studied History at the University of Warwick followed by an MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford. After converting to law he’s now a trainee at Clyde & Co

Why did you decide on a career in law?

I was attracted to pursue a career as a commercial solicitor because rather than merely offering theoretical advice to clients and corporations, I believe the role entails offering a more practical approach to remedying problems and completing transactions. The legal landscape is consistently evolving and in this constantly changing environment, the opportunity to adopt a dynamic approach to solving complex problems stimulated my ambition to decide on a career in commercial law.

What attracted you to Clyde & Co?

I was attracted to Clyde & Co by a combination of their market-leading expertise in the insurance and maritime sectors, my previous work experience at the firm alongside their global presence.

How did you get your job?

The final-round recruitment process involved an assessment centre consisting of a written task, e-tray exercise, group exercise and an interview with two partners at the firm.

What’s a typical day like as a trainee solicitor?

In my seat, I typically work for the entire team rather than a single supervisor in isolation. Ordinarily, this means that the work I undertake has been incredibly varied - on one occasion I have taken an attendance note on a call with counsel/experts on maritime disputes in the Asia-Pacific region. Meanwhile, I have also found myself reviewing Turbine Supply Agreements on matters involving defective wind turbines in Montenegro. Additionally, beyond chargeable work, I am a member of the firm’s Climate Change Group and I am currently working with other trainees on a business development project involving COP15 and biodiversity.

What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy working in a truly collegiate environment, which is evidenced by the fact that I have always found myself able to reach out for support from both my team, and the broader trainee cohort.

What are the challenges?

I think one of the most significant challenges is that when you begin the training contract, you find yourself surrounded by genuinely world-leading experts in their respective fields. The temptation might be to feel overwhelmed, but it is important to balance this with perspective - each one of these experts began their careers from the beginning. Instead, it is pertinent to focus on taking the opportunity to learn and develop under their guidance.

There are a lot of stereotypes about working in law can you debunk a couple of myths?

One of the key stereotypes about working in law is that when you begin your career, it can be difficult to maintain a work-life balance. Nevertheless, during my training for the Paris Marathon, my team have actively supported and encouraged me. More broadly, we are also routinely encouraged to log off and enjoy our evenings.

What are your career ambitions?

I hope to broaden my internal sector knowledge of the firm by undertaking seats in a broad range of industries and ensuring I achieve a healthy balance of contentious and non-contentious work. I am also hoping to capitalise on Clyde & Co’s global reach by pursuing a secondment to the Dubai office and furthering my international experience.

Why should future trainees consider Clyde & Co?

I believe future trainees should consider Clyde & Co because of the firm’s culture - being a rich mix of positivity, inclusivity, and diversity.

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