Name: Amy Francis
Firm: Jones Day
Position: Trainee solicitor – first year
Degree: BA (Hons) Law
University: University of Cambridge
Hobbies: Pilates; diving; travelling; food
Current department: N/A – non-rotational system
Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 5/2
Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?
I decided to train as a solicitor because I enjoyed reading law at Cambridge, and I thought practising law as a solicitor would suit my skills set.
What were the biggest challenges you faced when trying to secure a training contract?
The biggest challenge was balancing university work with trying to gain vacation scheme placements.
What was the toughest training contract interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer?
What is your favourite book? I answered truthfully and said that it was Frankenstein (which got some funny looks).
Tell us a bit about the type of work handled by the department you’re in at the moment…
As we do not have a rotational training programme, I am not “seated” in a department. I have assisted with a couple of high value property portfolio deals; a range of corporate matters and two news-worthy criminal cases.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?
If at all possible, we are given our own matters from day one, meaning that we are speaking to clients directly and managing the workload ourselves. The work is also very interesting, often with an international aspect.
What about your job didn’t you expect before you started?
I really did not expect for it to involve so many complex structure charts.
Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about?
Emma Rawlinson – my secretary – telling me to have a lovely weekend.
Where’s the best place to go to get your office’s gossip?
The Harrow on a Friday evening.
Describe your training partner in three words.
Friendly but elusive.
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).
I stayed on an uninhabited island for a month; diving with sharks is my favourite hobby; I can speak four languages
If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?
Working for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, perhaps as a diplomat or a specialist.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in law?
Work experience is essential, but does not necessarily have to be in a law firm; any commercial experience is helpful.