RPC training partner Simon Goldring says positivity, openness and a “can do” attitude will help you succeed in a career in law.
Degree subject: Politics
Hobbies: Running (slowly)
How long have you been a partner? 7 years
Who/what inspired you to be a lawyer? When I was a paralegal, a kind, funny and extremely able lawyer (John Polsue) took me under his wing. He was my inspiration to become a lawyer.
What things did you wish you knew before embarking on a legal career? Being good at the law is only (a small) part of being a good lawyer. Communication, motivation, enthusiasm and risk taking is what makes a really good lawyer.
What does your typical day involve? I have an absolutely great job, which is extremely varied. Today, I have interviewed a lawyer candidate, had lunch with a client and will spend the remainder of the day working with the associates in my team on client work, and preparing for my meeting on a big case tomorrow in Amsterdam.
What are the most challenging aspects of your job? Helping young lawyers to flourish is both the most challenging and the most rewarding part of my job.
What has been the highlight of your career so far? Each time I get a phone call asking if I can take a new case. You never get over that buzz.
What are the best aspects of your job? I have a truly brilliant job. Lawyers on top of the intellecutal challenge of solving problems for clients is the development of lawyers, and the building of a team and the firm.
What are the worst aspects of your job? I am keen to get home at a reasonable time, so the worst part of the job is that there just are not enough hours in the day. But, that means I always have something to look forward to tomorrow.
What tips would you give to students who want to break into the legal profession? When we recruit, we do not expect to find a candidate who is already the finished article. Otherwise, there would be no need to have a training programme. What we look for is a positive, open and “can do” attitude. If you have that, you will succeed.
What are the most common mistakes you’ve seen candidates making? Everyone makes mistakes and that’s not a problem. We look for candidates who have the potential to be great lawyers, with the right development and training.
How has the legal market changed since the days you were a trainee? There is no question that law firms are more “corporate”, but this creates greater meritocracy and opportunities.
What impact has the recession had on your firm? Whilst the recession is obviously challenging, RPC is an energetic and well managed firm. We have emerged in better shape than our competitors and we believe we are on the cusp of great things in the near future.
What three words best describe your firm? Energetic, Ambitious, Caring.
Where did you go for your last holiday? Camping in France.
What gadget/gizmo would you be lost without? None. In fact, we would all be happier without gizmos!