Philippa Cooper, Forsters

Name: Philippa Cooper

Firm: Forsters

Position: Trainee solicitor

Degree: Law

University: Durham

Hobbies: Sports & fitness, cooking and travel

Current department: Commercial Real Estate

Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 10/6

Phillippa Cooper, Forsters

Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?

I have always had an interest in the legal system which underpins all aspects of our society and I wanted a versatile and challenging professional career.

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

The competing applicants!

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

I was asked by a firm (not Forsters may I add!) how many chickens are there in the world? I estimated 20 billion on the basis that there are roughly 3 chickens per person at any point in time. 

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

I am currently based in the firm’s commercial real estate department. The group has a long-standing client base and handles all types of commercial real estate work, our clients tend to be large funds, developers, investors and high net worth individuals. We do everything from management work to complex investment work, and everything in between.

What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?

Being trusted to manage my own files and build client relationships.

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

To genuinely enjoy each of my seats as much as I did such that I found it very difficult to choose what I wanted to specialise in.

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

A partner in the team – inviting me to join him and our Mauritius-based clients for drinks to celebrate a recently completed deal.

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

Our local pub, the Coach & Horses in Mayfair, on a Friday night.

Describe your training partner in three words.

Inspirational. Respected. Approachable.

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

  • I’ve never eaten a chip.
  • I ran the London marathon in 3 hours 27 minutes.
  • I’ve slept in a bed which Daniel Radcliffe has slept in.

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

A vet.

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

Be open-minded – don’t think about specialising too early.