Having done a law degree and been a part of the law society committee, I was quite familiar with firm names and nuances by the time I was a finalist. Instead, I had spent a lot of my university summers interning in other sectors including investment banking, private equity and hospitality and seeing the impact that lawyers' work had on the ground. When I then came to apply for vacation schemes in my final year, I had additional insight of how legal advice was given to and received by clients.
TMT has a very high level of client interaction and we often find ourselves working with business leads in addition to in-house legal counsel. My past experience as part of the "the business" has been invaluable.
This has not stopped as an Associate. I am currently working with clients in Europe, the Middle East and the US and expect this list to only get longer.
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