Manit Tuli studied for an LLB at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is now an associate in the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance (EIPAF) department in White & Case’s London office
How did you secure your international seat?
London trainees are guaranteed an overseas seat, which is an exciting and unique opportunity. The process begins with the Graduate Resourcing & Development team circulating a list of the available practice areas and locations. You’re then asked to list your preferred practice areas, as well as providing any other details of your preferences, for example any language skills.
What did your secondment abroad involve?
I spent six months in the Arbitration/Construction department in Dubai. From the outset, the team was very welcoming, and wanted to know the type of work I was interested in and what I wanted to achieve during my international seat.
I worked on an arbitration concerning the performance of a drilling contract, and the terms of a related settlement agreement. I was given a lot of responsibility, and some of my tasks included helping with a preliminary strategy note and preparing a first draft of a Response to the Request for Arbitration. This was a fascinating matter, which focused on complex points of law, and involved close collaboration with our London office.
I also travelled to Muscat, Oman to attend a seminar hosted by White & Case. This developed my understanding of important construction contracts and dispute resolution in the Middle East, and gave me the opportunity to engage with attendees and build my network.
How did you find living and working abroad?
I really enjoyed living and working abroad. It was an invaluable experience.
Professionally, it gave me the opportunity to understand how different offices operate, and to appreciate the working culture in a different part of the world. I developed strong relationships with my international colleagues - not just within the department I was working in, but across practice areas.
On a personal level it was easy to settle in to a new country, as the firm organised my accommodation and travel, and was always on hand to answer any questions. I was able to discover a new city and to truly experience all the wonderful things Dubai has to offer.
How have you benefited from your international seat?
I now have a great understanding of how our international offices operate and collaborate, which is very important in a global law firm like White & Case. I was given a lot of responsibility during my overseas seat and I developed a number of important skills that have been helpful in my current role as an associate.
Would you recommend an international seat to other trainees?
I would definitely recommend an international seat to other trainees - it is an opportunity that has loads to offer, and it shouldn’t be missed.
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