After studying law with business at the University of Birmingham, Holly Abel became a trainee solicitor at Slaughter and May
What attracted you to a career in law and Slaughter and May?
I wanted to work in an industry that would challenge me intellectually and ignite my interest daily. I am an analytical person, and my degree gave me a commercial awareness that is crucial to a lawyer. Therefore law was a great fit.
I met numerous Slaughter and May trainees and partners at recruitment events, and I knew they were the type of people I wanted to work with. This, combined with Slaughter and May’s prestigious reputation, led me to their door.
What did the induction process involve?
As I had spent the previous seven months on the Legal Practice Course (LPC) with my fellow trainee intake, my first day at the firm was exciting as I was starting a new job already being friends with my colleagues. We were made to feel welcome, and had a staggered introduction to our departments.
The induction process was two weeks long and quite intensive. It gave us solid foundations on which to start our day-to-day work. Multiple social events gave us the opportunity to settle in and begin to build working relationships.
Tell us about your training contract...
So far, I have sat in dispute resolution and in one of our corporate groups.
The most enjoyable aspect of my training has been the opportunity to become part of a team working on a complex matter in which I could play a key role. I worked on the high value combination between Shire plc and Baxalta Incorporated. Seeing this through to a tangible outcome gave me a great sense of satisfaction. I had responsibility for parts of the transaction, which was challenging, but gave me the chance to develop skills that I otherwise would not have.
The work of a trainee varies greatly depending on your department. I have been involved in drafting minutes and contract clauses, proofreading, coordinating signings and document management. Trainees are a key part of the team, often relied on for our organisational skills.
What makes Slaughter and May an exciting prospect for trainees?
The best thing is the people. They are the brightest, most inspiring and innovative people I have met. Being surrounded by such people motivates you to work hard and achieve your professional goals. Having no target hours encourages a culture of teamwork and approachability.
The firm actively encourages you to have a well-rounded experience. They support local corporate responsibility projects and free legal advice centres, both of which I have been involved in.
Slaughter and May is an exciting prospect for trainees as, due to our culture and drive to achieve perfection, you will become an accomplished and passionate lawyer.