David Moss, Hogan Lovells training partner

Name: David Moss

Firm: Hogan Lovells

Position: Partner and training principal

Degree: Law

University: Cambridge

Hobbies: Swimming; music

Area of practice: Oil, gas and LNG

David Moss, Hogan Lovells

When and why did you decide to train as a solicitor?

At university, solicitors regularly spoke at careers events and they seemed to have interesting jobs.

What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?

Two things:

No transaction or legal problem is the same; each presents different issues to consider.

There is a very collegiate working atmosphere in the firm. 

What are the worst aspects of your job?

Deadlines that arise because of inefficiencies.

What’s the main issue that lawyers in your field are thinking about at the moment?

The impact of the low oil price.

If you weren’t in your current field, what other area of law would you like to work in?

Fraud and asset recovery.

What’s the biggest misconception that students have about life as a lawyer?

Specialising means that you will invariably focus on a very narrow area of the law.

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).

  • Arsenal supporter.
  • Dressing down on Fridays is more of a pain than it is worth.
  • Drafted an agreement which was signed on a Friday and then reviewed by the House of Lords on the following Monday.

In one sentence, what’s the one key thing that students should understand about your firm?

You need to work hard but you will learn a lot.

What was the oddest thing you were asked to do as a trainee?

Checking out some very high-end addresses in London to locate an elusive defendant.

What’s your best friend from law school doing now? 

Running his own private equity firm.