Name: Guy Ruddy
Position: Trainee solicitor
University: University of Leeds
Hobbies: Football, swimming, cinema
Current department: Catastrophic personal injury
Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 6/1
Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?
I always wanted the opportunity to work alongside clients, both companies and individuals, to help them achieve their objectives and a career in law seemed like a natural fit.
What were the biggest challenges you faced when trying to secure a training contract?
Every firm is different so it can be difficult to know what to expect when trying to secure a training contract at a variety of firms. There is also a great deal of competition for each available training contract place so you need to make yourself stand out!
What was the toughest training contract interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer?
I think the most challenging question was: “Tell us about a company you admire and why you admire them.” This was quite tricky as I wanted to make sure I gave a considered answer and a strong example – I ended up mentioning the food and drink company ‘Innocent’ as they are very much a values-based business, as is DWF.
Tell us a bit about the type of work handled by the department you’re in at the moment…
I’m in the early stages of my new seat so it’s a bit early to say. My last seat was corporate and I was involved in some great deals, in particular two main market floats and a private equity investment, plus lots more!
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?
I really enjoy the client contact element of my training contract and have been encouraged to get involved in client meetings on a regular basis, which is fantastic experience. It is good to see how the advice we give can help a client in the commercial setting in which they operate.
What about your job didn’t you expect before you started?
I didn’t expect to be given as much responsibility as I have been. I know the term ‘early responsibility’ is widely used by law firms, but it really is the case at DWF, and it’s been invaluable in helping me to progress and develop my skill set.
Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about?
It’s from a partner in my previous seat checking that a substantial sum had been transferred to its rightful place (it had been!)
Where’s the best place to go to get your office’s gossip?
Friday Fridge. On the last Friday of every month we have an opportunity to relax and have drinks with colleagues, this is a good way to wind down at the end of the week and find out what other trainees have been up to.
Describe your training partner in three words.
Approachable, knowledgeable and understanding.
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).
- I appeared on You’ve Been Framed
- I appeared on Bargain Hunt
- I spent a night sleeping rough
If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?
For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer and I never really had an alternative planned, so I honestly don’t know. It would have probably been something totally different!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in law?
It sounds obvious but I would strongly recommend applying for work experience, whether it’s a vacation scheme or something less formal. Also, it’s really important to research and understand the firm you are applying to as this will come across strongly in an application and stand you in good stead for progressing to the next stage of the recruitment process!