Wallace Martin-Kerr did a four-week summer vacation scheme at Linklaters before joining the firm as a trainee
What attracted you to a career in law and Linklaters?
I had no expectations of the vacation scheme and I wasn't even sure whether corporate law would be for me. My friends at university were signing up to management consultancy, banking, teaching, and civil service roles, and it was difficult to tell what type of job would most suit me at that stage. However, I really enjoyed the experience - I learned a lot and found that Linklaters was the kind of place I could imagine myself working.
How did you decide that Linklaters was the firm for you?
I applied to a whole host of other law firms and attended vacation schemes at three of them over the course of a year, with the initial idea being that I would then do a round of training contract applications to several firms. However, doing the vacation schemes convinced me that I would definitely accept a job at Linklaters if it was offered to me. It helped that I had made lots of friends during those four weeks who had made the same decision.
I subsequently finished my politics, philosophy and economics degree at the University of Oxford and did the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) at law school. Linklaters supported me all the way.
What are your ambitions as a lawyer?
To grow, to learn and to develop - and this is something that Linklaters positively encourages through regular training sessions and career development programmes.
As a lawyer, I hope to develop my own client relationships and secure lots of repeat work by delivering high quality advice, and by staying one step ahead of the game when it comes to regulatory changes and tactical commercial opportunities. I would make it my aim to produce innovative solutions quickly when presented with new challenges, drawing on my own varied experience and that of my colleagues.
What makes Linklaters an exciting prospect for trainees?
It may sound clichéd, but Linklaters really is the best commercial law firm. We have an incredibly diverse range of teams working on projects to suit every personality type - from fast-paced multi-jurisdictional transactions to long and complex court cases, and specialist advisory work.
My own experience has indicated that we have few rivals when it comes to the quality of work we present to clients; the breadth of support we receive as trainees (from secretaries, paralegals, information assistants, professional support lawyers and document technicians) and the flexibility of our working patterns (increased holiday allowances, time off in lieu when deals get hectic and working one day a week from home once you qualify). Plus, we have the best canteen by far, a gym and the fortnightly social on a Friday.