Name: Lily Tomkins
Position: Trainee solicitor
Degree: Law (LLB) Hons
University: University of Warwick
Hobbies: Ballet, squash, baking
Current department: Banking
Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 4 applications made, 1 interview attended.
Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?
Before attending University, I had worked as a paralegal on a public inquiry with Eversheds and enjoyed my time on this greatly. I have a curious mind and have always enjoyed problem solving. As well as that, I enjoy meeting people and working as part of a team, so commercial law seemed the natural choice.
What were the biggest challenges you faced when trying to secure a training contract?
It was challenging to try to balance second year university essay and exam commitments at the same time as applying for vacation schemes. It can be hard to stay up to date with legal and commercial updates at university but it is doable and extremely valuable.
What was the toughest training contract interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer?
I was asked to talk about challenges faced by clients of the firm and how the firm could adapt to solve these problems. At the time of my interview, news of the burger-meat contamination scandal had just broken and I had been following the story. I talked about public distrust of similar companies even when they had not been affected directly by contamination. I talked about pre-emptive advice that the firm could give to clients to bolster client-relationships, knowing the firm was available to step in immediately in the event of a crisis.
Tell us a bit about the type of work handled by the department you’re in at the moment…
I am based in the banking and finance department. We focus on a few main areas such as project finance, corporate lending and real estate finance. I have predominantly worked on real estate finance transactions for some interesting property developments throughout the country, and corporate lending with a cross-jurisdictional element which I find particularly interesting.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?
I enjoy working with counsel in different jurisdictions and coordinating the transactions, which is the main part of my job as a banking trainee. I also enjoy speaking to and meeting clients to start building up my professional network. I have become involved in the 30% Club through Eversheds, which is a fantastic organisation and one which I hope to work closely with in the future. The law is always changing so it is a great career to be in if you are always hungry to learn and amass a great deal of knowledge. I enjoy the fast paced nature of the job and couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else!
What about your job didn’t you expect before you started?
How much the level of responsibility varies in each seat – it can be very different. Real estate is a great seat to start with as you do have a lot of responsibility and are able to manage a substantial and meaningful proportion of your own work which is an excellent learning experience.
Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about? My most recent email is from one of our officer managers telling me the location of my new desk in my next seat in litigation which I am very much looking forward to!
Where’s the best place to go to get your office’s gossip?
The secretaries. Always.
Describe your training partner in three words.
Ambitious, driven, perceptive.
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).
- I’m a Freeman of the City of London
- I was a champion sprinter in my youth
- I have never ventured North of Manchester
If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?
A paramedic or midwife.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in law?
Work hard, always be curious and accept that you may not be successful in every venture you begin.