Name: Nicholas Jupp
Position: Trainee solicitor
Degree: BSc Philosophy and Politics
University: University of Bristol
Hobbies: Music and sport
Current department: Corporate
Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 10 vacation scheme applications, 6 interviews, 3 vacation schemes, 2 training contract offers from vacation schemes (no training contract applications made).
Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?
I didn’t always want to be a solicitor. I liked the idea and did some work experience. I enjoyed doing something challenging, solving problems and providing advice. I liked the mix of contentious and non-contentious work over the option of being a barrister. It was clear that as a solicitor you experience lots of different areas of business and some of the companies I’d deal with would be huge. I was also excited about the huge diversity in the work I would do and the people I would meet. The bottom line is I could see myself as a lawyer.
What were the biggest challenges you faced when trying to secure a training contract?
I wasn’t a huge fan of the written applications. It was tricky finding the balance between talking about yourself and expressing your interest in the firm. Trying not to write a generic application was the key.
What was the toughest training contract interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer?
I was told a riddle and asked to solve it. I gave an answer and was never told whether it was right or wrong.
Tell us a bit about the type of work handled by the department you’re in at the moment…
In the corporate department at Shoosmiths the bread and butter of what we do is mergers and acquisitions, particularly dealing with private companies. I’ve also done some private equity, re-registering of public companies and general corporate governance. We deal with a lot of other departments, e.g. property, employment, tax, banking, insurance – particularly at the due diligence stage. We have a huge variety of clients – banks, supermarkets, retail outlets, breweries and smaller investment companies.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?
I like the unpredictability of the job, the people I meet, the satisfaction of completing a long deal and the wide variety of work – including ample opportunity to get involved in pro bono work.
What about your job didn’t you expect before you started?
The level of responsibility I would be given so early on. People assume you know your stuff and so you just have to pretend you do and learn as quickly as possible on the job.
Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about?
Email from law firm acting for the other side reviewing 12 powers of attorney I drafted in preparation for completion at the end of the week.
Where’s the best place to go to get your office’s gossip?
The PAs – definitely.
Describe your training partner in three words.
Knows her stuff.
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).
- I play the piano
- I am scared of flying
- I jumped out of a plane in Argentina over the summer
If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?
Maybe management consultancy – but to be honest I don’t really know.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in law?
Don’t let rejection get you down – it’s simply part of the process. As a lawyer you’ll lose some and you’ll win some – it’s just part of the process of getting to where you want