Name: Maddy Lomax
Position: Trainee solicitor
Degree: Geography (BSc)
University: The University of Bristol
Hobbies: Music, cooking (read eating!), running and being by the sea
Current department: Commercial Real Estate
Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 6/4
What was the toughest training contract interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer?
I’ll be honest, I can’t remember any really tough interview questions… perhaps the sands of time have blocked out those experiences! Generally I found questions on commercial awareness a little tricky – it’s quite an alien concept when you’re at university and don’t have experience of the working world.
Tell us a bit about the type of work handled by the department you’re in at the moment…
Nabarro is incredibly well regarded for its commercial real estate work, meaning the range of work within the department is incredibly varied. My team do the transactional side of real estate matters, which generally includes buying and selling large properties, negotiating and granting leases and advising on redevelopment issues.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?
It sounds a little bit sad (and my friends certainly tell me it is!) but I really like being able to walk around London and see the properties I’ve worked on! It really brings the job to life.
What about your job didn’t you expect before you started?
Being a good lawyer involves so much more than just knowing the law.
Who’s the most recent email in your inbox from, and what’s it about?
It’s Friday evening, so it may or may not mention a local drinking establishment!
Where’s the best place to go to get your office’s gossip?
The restaurant – there are always lots of people in there at lunch time to sit down with and have a good catch up!
Describe your training partner in three words.
Home grown Nabarro
Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order).
- I play guitar
- I drink too much tea
- I have a very big shoe collection!
If you had not decided to become a lawyer, what career would you have chosen?
Possibly an architect.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a career in law?
Be organised, fill your CV with interesting things and be prepared to get lots of things wrong while you’re training.