Case study

Trainee solicitor — Lily Harrison

Employer
Dentons

Lily studied law at Nottingham Trent University. She’s currently a trainee solicitor at Dentons

Why did you decide on a career in law?

I always found the concept of how the law governs and influences every sector of society and the individuals who reside within its jurisdiction fascinating. Law dictates how the government governs and protects its nationals and residents, how those individuals behave, how corporations operate and govern agreements. This realisation and understanding is what peaked my interest and encouraged my decision to pursue a law career.

What attracted you to the firm?

I was attracted to Dentons reputation as the world's largest law firm situated in my hometown, Milton Keynes. I was excited about the opportunity to work in the area I grew up in, while also having access to city-quality, cutting-edge work and working with the caliber of clients Dentons attracts.

What was the application process like?

I spent a lot of time on the application, researching the firm and ensuring my answers were relevant. I did multiple practice Watson Glaser tests and spent a lot of time making sure I was as prepared as I could be. It is a time consuming process, but I was determined, worked hard and thankfully it paid off.

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

A day of a trainee solicitor is varied. I begin each day by going through my emails and preparing a to-do list, marking more urgent tasks to least urgent. General tasks include drafting legal documents, correspondence, reviewing commercial and legal documents, preparing notes of advice and carrying out legal research.

What part of your job do you enjoy the most?

I am constantly learning either through my own accord (e.g. research) and working with different fee earners. I feel challenged every day, learn something new and develop and enhance my skills so I’m a better trainee than I was the day before.

What are the challenges?

Every day presents its own mini challenges, whether that be drafting a new document, researching a new area of law or dealing with pressing deadlines. Notwithstanding this, so much support is given to trainees to help them. You are never thrown into the deep end without a life jacket.

What are your career ambitions?

Some people aspire to be partner or counsel, some may even be happy to make senior associate. Mine is completely subjective - to be successful, accomplished and happy. I look forward to exploring positions as I progress throughout my legal career.

Why should future trainees consider applying to the firm?

Dentons really push and support their trainees to become the best they can be. The firm encourages you to be yourself, promotes honesty and is a firm where your voice is valued. At Dentons, you will benefit from brilliant training, exposure, a lot of responsibility and you will make great friends along the way.

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