Sarah Moir-Porteous, Shearman & Sterling

Name: Sarah Moir-Porteous

Firm: Shearman & Sterling

Position: Trainee solicitor

Degree: Law

University: Downing College, University of Cambridge

Hobbies: Lots of travelling currently as I’m based in Singapore.

Current department: Project Development & Finance, Singapore

Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 5/5

Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?

I enjoyed my law degree so it seemed like the natural progression.

Sarah Moir-Porteous, Shearman & Sterling
Sarah Moir-Porteous, Shearman & Sterling

What were the biggest challenges you faced when trying to secure a training contract?

Trying to identify distinguishing features of the different firms; it’s so important to find the right fit for you so I really recommend meeting firms (at law fairs / open days / vac schemes etc.) to really get under their skin.

What was the toughest training contract interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer?

“Summarise the law of misrepresentation…”

Tell us a bit about the type of work handled by the department you’re in at the moment…

Large-scale project financings for power plants, renewable energy, and infrastructure projects in developing countries across Asia like Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and the Philippines.

What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?

Working with really lovely people, and being valued for what I do.

What about your job didn’t you expect before you started?

The hours aren’t as bad as I expected and I’ve never had to cancel plans for work.

Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about?

An email about from an associate about team drinks!

Where’s the best place to go to get your office’s gossip?

Any trainee! With a small intake we do tend to be “in the know”..!

Describe your training partner in three words.

Approachable, knowledgeable, busy!

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

  • I am a blackbelt.
  • I can fly a glider plane.
  • My surname is Scottish.

If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?

Maybe a vet, although I’m allergic to cats…

What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in law?

Do some team-based extra-curricular activities to show you work well with others and have more to talk about than your degree.