Name: Fay Kennerley
Firm: Addleshaw Goddard
Position: Trainee solicitor
Degree: Law LLB
Hobbies: Cooking, shopping, dog walking and DIY since I recently bought a house
Current department: Property Litigation (second seat)
Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: Roughly 10 applications/5 interviews (4 vacation schemes)
Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?
I wanted to enter a profession which was challenging, fast-paced and exciting.
What were the biggest challenges you faced when trying to secure a training contract?
I was a second year law student when I was making my applications so my greatest struggle was finding enough time to write my application forms and prepare for interviews while not letting my studies suffer.
What was the toughest training contract interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer?
I was asked on an application form what change I thought a law firm should make to its business. I took something which I thought another law firm was doing well and wrote about how the said firm could apply it to their business model.
Tell us a bit about the type of work handled by the department you’re in at the moment…
I have attended client meetings, court hearings and mediations. I have drafted witness statements, defences and without prejudice letters in some very interesting cases and am often responsible for instructing counsel. Such matters have involved landlord and tenant disputes, rights of light disputes and adverse possession claims for some top-end clients.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?
It is always very satisfying when you receive an email from the client thanking you personally for your help.
What about your job didn’t you expect before you started?
I didn’t expect to have so much client contact.
Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about?
My last email is from my supervisor (a managing associate) regarding instructions to counsel and preliminary advice on a cable dispute in relation to our client’s solar panel farm.
Where’s the best place to go to get your office’s gossip?
Follow the firm on Twitter or read the newsfeed on the AG website.
Describe your training partner in three words.
Dedicated, enthusiastic and supportive.
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).
- I am a twin.
- I have had a meal with Shaun Wallace (the ‘Legal Eagle’) from ITV’s The Chase.
- I am currently wedding planning.
If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?
I absolutely love dogs so my dream job would be to work with dogs!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in law?
Remember that although you need to impress a law firm, they also need to impress you. Know what you are looking for in the same way that law firms know what they are looking for in trainees. It can be a high pressured job so it helps to be somewhere that you enjoy working!