A day in the life of a trainee
Anees Norman talks about life as a trainee at Lewis Silkin.
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Did you know what Lewis Silkin was like before you started as a Trainee?
I was fortunate to have worked with Lewis Silkin in my previous career prior to joining as a Trainee. This gave me a unique insight as a client and I experienced the breadth of their expertise across a range of areas, particularly in employment. I would encourage prospective candidates to take the opportunity to spend some time with Lewis Silkin on a workshop or Open Evening as it gives you the chance to experience the firm first hand and get a sense of whether it is right for you.
How would you describe the recruitment process?
The recruitment process is rigorous but the assessments and interviews also give you the opportunity to show your personality. The questions and exercises assess not only your problem solving skills but also how you interact and work with other people, as this is such an important part of the culture here. It was refreshing to know that HR review each application individually and that the time you spend filling in the application form really matters.
How much Partner contact do you have a Trainee at Lewis Silkin?
Lots! Being part of a small trainee intake means you get exposure to Partners during your seat very early on. Lewis Silkin has a collaborative culture which means you can be working alongside Partners, Associates or Paralegals on a variety of matters across different parts of the firm.
How would you describe the working culture at Lewis Silkin?
Innovative, fast paced, collaborative and fun!
What has been the highlight of your Training contract thus far?
During my seat in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team, I worked on an international arbitration which was a fantastic experience. The work was varied, challenging and each day was different. I had the opportunity to get involved in many aspects of the case ranging from attending meetings with our clients and witnesses to analysing evidence to assist our barristers. I also had the chance to attend the hearing itself which was brilliant. The opportunity to get involved and make a valuable contribution to this case has been a real highlight for me so far.
What advice would you give to prospective candidates?
I think that trainees who demonstrate a desire to learn, a proactive approach to getting involved and who can work well with people at all levels will be successful at Lewis Silkin. I’d also recommend thinking about your previous experiences at work or in education and sharing examples of these sorts of characteristics during the recruitment process.