Name: Matthew Rushworth
Firm: Beaumont Legal
Position: Trainee solicitor
Degree: Philosophy, Politics & Economics
University: University of East Anglia
Hobbies: Five-a-side football, reading, pub quizzes, cricket
Current department: Litigation
Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 25/1
Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?
I have been interested in the law since taking an A level in the subject. I had worked in various roles since leaving university without finding the right career for me. When the opportunity arose to re-train I thought law would be a good fit for my skills.
What were the biggest challenges you faced when trying to secure a training contract?
The state of the economy when I left law school following my LPC. Firms were deferring start dates for those trainees who already had contracts – this meant that opportunities were even harder to come by for those of us trying to get interviews. I started as a legal assistant with Beaumont Legal, where I was able to work hard, prove what I could do and go for a training contract.
What was the toughest training contract interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer?
“Who is your worst enemy and how would they describe you?” which totally threw me. I ummed and erred and I think I mumbled something about not really having enemies and being a bit of a know-it-all.
Tell us a bit about the type of work handled by the department you’re in at the moment…
I’m currently working in the litigation department here at Beaumont Legal. We deal with a range of PI work as well as more general dispute resolution. I’m enjoying it, it tends to be pretty varied so you’re never sure what might come up next.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?
I get to apply my legal knowledge to the real world, which makes the studying seem worthwhile, and it’s always nice to get a happy client. I’ve done quite a bit of work in conveyancing and telling a stressed client they can pick up their keys to their new home is always a good moment.
What about your job didn’t you expect before you started?
The vast amount that you learn on the job, after all that time studying you’d think you were nearly there.
Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about?
The most recent e-mail I have received is from Helen Thompson, the solicitor who is supervising me in litigation. She has asked me to research likely damages for Congenial Employment.
Where’s the best place to go to get your office’s gossip?
The pub across the road on a Friday afternoon.
Describe your training partner in three words.
The Big Boss.
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).
- I once paid for a taxi ride with an onion.
- I was in a short film that aired on Australian cable TV.
- In 2002 I invented the HDMI cable
If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?
I always wanted to be an actor when I was younger, but my Mum convinced me that I’d probably go hungry.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in law?
Everyone says it, but get as much experience as you can as early as possible. You get a good feel for what the work is like and it will stand you in good stead in interviews.