Charlotte Lucas, Pinsent Masons

Name: Charlotte Lucas

Firm: Pinsent Masons

Position: Trainee solicitor

Degree: BSc Natural Sciences: Business, Economics and Geography

University: Durham

Hobbies: Cooking, Socialising, Travelling

Current department: Commercial

Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 10+/4

Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?

I had thought about entering the legal profession prior to my degree but wasn’t sure so I chose a non-law degree knowing there was the possibility to convert later on. Once I researched the profession more and did some work experience I knew that I wanted to go down the solicitor route as opposed to the bar. Being a solicitor offered me the chance to put my business knowledge and my interest in the law to the test.

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

Wanting to work outside of London but still for a top tier firm restricted my choices somewhat.

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

How you think the coalition government will impact on the legal sector?

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

I have recently moved into the commercial team who handle a wide variety of commercial contracts including sports, energy, IT and life sciences as well as data protection issues.

What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?

I enjoy the variety of work, in this seat and my previous two there has been plenty of opportunity to get involved in a wide range of tasks from drafting, meetings, contract negotiations, court work etc.

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

I don’t think I quite anticipated the scale of work the firm would be involved in and the size and complexity of some of the deals.

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

My most recent email was from a teacher at a local school as I have recently taken over running our CSR schemes there. I will be organising the literacy and numeracy schemes that our solicitors and support staff volunteer for. 

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

The trainees!

Describe your training partner in three words.

All three of my supervisors have been approachable, supportive and impressive lawyers in their own rights.

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

  • I used to work for the police
  • I am named after a character in Pride & Prejudice
  • I own a pet snake

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

I think I would have entered another professional service such as accountancy.

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

Be persistent! It takes time and effort to get past the lengthy recruitment process and it’s only the rare few who get through on their first try, don’t let this get you down, keep trying!