Name: Simon Brown
Position: Trainee solicitor
University: University of Nottingham
Hobbies: Travelling, good food and sport
Current department: Media Litigation
Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 15/5
Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?
I thought it would be intellectually challenging and would give me the chance to experience different areas of law before deciding which I would like to follow in my career. The structured training programme also appealed.
What were the biggest challenges you faced when trying to secure a training contract?
Trying to balance finishing with my degree with wading through all the graduate recruitment materials and finding firms that I could see myself genuinely enjoying working at.
What was the toughest training contract interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer?
How do you get a giraffe into a fridge?
Open the fridge, put the giraffe in and close the door.
Tell us a bit about the type of work handled by the department you’re in at the moment…
We have an almost entirely defendant based media litigation practice which involves acting for newspapers (both in print and online) and other publishers to defend claims brought against them for defamation and breach of privacy.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?
The interesting and varied work that trainees can get involved in, and working with some great people. The open plan floor policy at RPC means that you really get to know the people you are working for and makes it easier to learn from senior lawyers. The nature of the department I am in at the moment also appeals to my interest in current affairs, as a lot of the work we do arises out of stories that have either just been published or are about to be.
What about your job didn’t you expect before you started?
The approachability of people within the firm, even right up to partner level.
Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about?
The organiser of the London insurance darts league, which involves representing RPC and playing darts (and drinking with) important clients of the firm.
Where’s the best place to go to get your office’s gossip?
The café, particularly the morning after a trainee night out.
Describe your training partner in three words.
Approachable, considerate and friendly.
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).
- I once tried to dye my hair bleach blond and it turned out ginger.
- I auditioned for the Chilean version of X Factor while on my gap year.
- I have climbed the highest mountain in Africa.
If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?
I would probably still be clinging on to the dream that someone would pay me to play professional sport of some sort.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in law?
Research the firms that you want to apply for thoroughly – some firms will be more suited to you than others. Also, do not set your heart on practising a particular area of law before you start as people are often surprised and end up pursuing successful careers in areas of law that they never imagined themselves working in.