Tom Glasspool, Withers

Name: Tom Glasspool

Firm: Withers

Position: Trainee solicitor

Degree: Arabic with Islamic Studies

University: Oxford

Hobbies: Photography, fishkeeping, playing the piano

Current department: Contentious Trust and Succession Group

Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 12/4

Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?

I thought the job would strike the right balance between being intellectually stimulating and rewarding.

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

Trying to sound enthusiastic – despite having said the same thing a dozen times before.

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

‘What question were you dreading us asking?’

I told them about the terrible answer I had given at another interview to a question and how embarrassing it was – thankfully I have forgotten what that question was now!

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

Large scale international trust disputes, probate disputes, and court of protection matters. 

Proprietary estoppel and adverse possession are real and not just something you have to cover at law school!

What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?

Being treated as a valued member of the team, the client contact, and the quality of the work. 

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

That I would have learnt so much in such a short period of time.

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

An email from someone in marketing circulating the list of external attendees for a drinks event tomorrow night to welcome a new partner to the team.

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

Tom Glasspool, Withers
Tom Glasspool, Withers

One particular trainee (who shall remain nameless)…

Describe your training partner in three words.

Dedicated, approachable, interested.

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

  • I can throat sing
  • I can wiggle my ears
  • I believe that David Icke has really worked out what is going on

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

Photojournalist.

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

Pay attention at school.