Nicola Bridge, KWMSJB training partner

Name: Nicola Bridge

Firm: King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin

Position: Partner

Degree: History

University: Manchester

Hobbies: Tennis, Zumba, travel

Area of practice: Dispute resolution

When and why did you decide to train as a solicitor?

I decided when I was at school, partly inspired by my older brother who had studied law at university and was called to the bar (although to be different, I didn’t want to do a law degree and decided to be a solicitor) and partly by the huge number of US legal dramas on TV, which made a life in law seem very glamorous.

What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?

The variety and challenge of the cases I deal with and working with the great team we have in the department.

What are the worst aspects of your job?

The pressure of feeling that you need to be available at a drop of a hat and realising that unless you are in a particularly far flung exotic location,  you are contactable by clients or the office at any time. 

What’s the main issue that lawyers in your field are thinking about at the moment?

The impact of the Jackson Reforms in relation to costs budgeting and generally, issues relating to the funding of litigation.

If you weren’t in your current field, what other area of law would you like to work in?

I can’t imagine doing anything that isn’t disputes related but I’ve always been interested in sports law so perhaps concentrating on disputes in that particular field. 

What’s the biggest misconception that students have about life as a lawyer?

That life in the law is glamorous (see above)…

Aside from that, I believe that a lot of students don’t think that they’ll get given much responsibility when they’re trainees and are actually surprised at the level of involvement they can have in matters.

Nicola Bridge
Nicola Bridge

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).

  • I’ve had a gun pointed at me. 
  • I was sacked after one day in my job at Windsor Safari Park serving doughnuts.  
  • I have run a marathon.

In one sentence, what’s the one key thing that students should understand about your firm?

As the first law firm to be headquartered in Asia, there are very exciting opportunities for trainees both in terms of interesting client work and opportunities for secondment.

What was the oddest thing you were asked to do as a trainee?

I was asked to go to Claridges to meet with the ex-wife of the lead singer of a very well-known rock band to help take a witness statement in relation to a dispute concerning the delivery of her furniture.

What’s your best friend from law school doing now?

She’s a tutor at the University of Law.