Edward Moore, Watson Farley & Williams

Name: Edward Moore

Firm: Watson Farley & Williams

Position: Trainee solicitor

Degree: Modern and Medieval Languages

University: Cambridge

Hobbies: Tennis, Outdoor Pursuits, Music, Commercial Awareness

Current Department: Asset Finance

Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 11/6

Edward Moore, Watson Farley & Williams

Why did you decide to train as a solicitor? 

It seemed to be a great way to learn how things work, whilst at the same time entering into a prestigious discipline with a clear career path. A lifetime passion for focusing on details was also a big factor.

What were the biggest challenges you faced when trying to secure a training contract? 

My biggest challenge was gaining enough legal work experience to convince firms I was genuinely interested. Eventually I managed to secure several opportunities, which I was able to sell in a way that ended up strengthening my CV considerably.

What was the toughest training contract interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer? 

What I found particularly difficult was when other firms asked me why I would prefer to work for them rather than WFW, during the period when I was waiting to hear back from WFW after my vacation scheme. I was fairly set on coming here, so it was very hard for that not to come across!

Tell us a bit about the type of work handled by the department you’re in at the moment… 

I’m currently in the aviation team within our asset finance department. We act mainly for the lenders in aircraft and helicopter finance deals. I’ve already been involved with commercial airliners, helicopters, corporate jets and more!

What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job? 

After the fictional world of LPC scenarios, it is really satisfying to be doing real work for real people; communicating with a huge variety of people all across the world on a daily basis. Being part of a small, friendly and supportive team is another factor that makes the job enjoyable.

What about your job didn’t you expect before you started? 

How many new IT skills I would learn in such a short space of time. Getting to grips with e-filing and document systems has been a steep learning curve.

Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about? 

“Quick breakfast?” – an example of the numerous social requests I receive from other trainees. Sent at 08.43, it really will have to be quick…

Where’s the best place to go to get your office’s gossip? 

The staff restaurant at lunchtime is generally the place to go. It’s where you can bump in to everyone, from the Managing Partner to fellow trainees.

Describe your training partner in three words. 

Probably. Reading. This.

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

  • My swimming career ended ignominiously when I failed to swim the required 15 metres necessary to achieve the 15 metre swimming badge.
  • I have been unable to eat gooseberry jam ever since a particularly unfortunate gooseberry-related incident I suffered aged six.
  • I was once joint-third in Devon at table tennis.

If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen? 

A career as a professional tennis player was on the cards, but there wasn’t enough attention to detail involved so I went with law.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in law? 

Firstly, take any legal work experience opportunities you can, even if they’re not directly relevant to the type of firm to which you want to apply.

Secondly, choose a type and size of firm to aim for and stick with it. A handful of targeted, well-written applications seems to fare much better than the scattergun approach.