Rosie GautamLegal Practice Course
I was set on training in London, but in Cheltenham received hands-on training & responsibilities which would not have been available in larger firms
Loney Stewart Holland LLP
When did you decide you wanted to be a lawyer?
I knew I wanted to be a lawyer when I started the LPC, having done a law degree at university. I spent the year applying for training contracts and getting as much help as possible from CLS and other networking opportunities.
How did you come about doing the LPC?
I did an undergraduate degree at Middlesex University in law and did the LPC directly after.
When did you do the LPC at CLS/ICSL?
I was in the academic year 2014-2015.
Why did you choose City/ICSL for the LPC?
My contract law tutor at University taught on the GDL programme at City University and thought it would be a good fit for me. I also liked the smaller sized classes. I was able to get more guidance and assistance during my LPC, which is not something that my friends who went to alternative providers did not get.
What was your first job after the LPC?
I gained a paralegal role in the dispute resolution team at the law firm Freshfields in London.
Any other jobs before getting a training contract?
After working at Freshfields for approximately 9 months, I moved on to paralegal at a specialist white collar crime firm in London, and worked there for approximately one year before commencing my training contract. I got my training contract one year in advance so it was a good way to gain some experience before starting my training. I also had the opportunity to gain court experience, which was a massive asset both during my litigation seat of my TC and in future practice.
Where and when did you complete your training contract?
Despite earning paralegal experience in London, I trained at a regional firm in Cheltenham, during 2017 – 2019.
Why do you think you got the training contract?
I was constantly applying for firms in London, and had a few interviews in that regard. While doing so, I was recommended to apply to the firm in Cheltenham by one of their current trainees. When I got there for the interview, I realised that, although outside London, the firm had a number of clients in London and the training that was offered was hands on.
Before my interview, I really got to know the firm, by asking current trainees what the goals of the firm was, the values and the firm dynamic. After this, I was able to properly prepare for the interview and explain why I wanted to train there. I was also honest about what area of law I was interested in. This gave me the chance to really figure out whether this was the right firm for me.
Any tips for LPC students without training contracts?
Keep applying! To gain training contract is not always easy and it is important to keep applying, even if it is not going your way.
Another piece of advice that I would give is to really consider what areas of law you want to work in as well as what type of firm. Whilst it is important to apply to a range of firms, it is equally as important to end up at a firm that will suit your training needs the best. Unfortunately, if you have not had a seat in a particular practice area, it is difficult to qualify into it, and so it is vital that the firm you train at offers a seat in your preferred area.
Finally, take all the opportunities that you get. When I got the opportunity to interview for the firm in Cheltenham I was sceptical as I was set on training in London. However getting an offer was all I needed, and once I started my training contract, I received hands-on training and high levels of responsibilities which would not have been available in larger firms. I also got the opportunity to work on larger London clients, as well as small regional clients which gave me rounded experience.