Sarah Wright, Addleshaw Goddard

Name: Sarah Wright

Firm: Addleshaw Goddard

Position: Trainee solicitor

Degree: Law

University: Leeds

Hobbies: Triathlons, Yoga, Cycling, Theatre

Current department: Construction

Number of TC applications made and interviews attended: 6/2

Why did you decide to train as a solicitor?

I wanted a challenging career where a lot of time could be spent working with people to find practical solutions. I’m a logical and pragmatic person so I thought it would suit!

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

Filling in the applications, they’re time consuming and boring and yet so much rests on making sure you stand out at the initial stage.

Sarah Wright, Addleshaw GoddardWhat was the toughest training contract interview question you were asked (at any firm) and how did you answer?

“I don’t believe what you’ve said on you application is true, are you lying?” Answer – “No” – I then went on to explain why not. Thankfully the partner was suitably convinced! 

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

Deals including the development of anything from luxury London residential towers to student accommodation, wind farms, anaerobic digestion plants and offices. We also work with our corporate and banking teams on any deals which have a construction element, for example the financing of housing developments or the sale of a big property holdco.

What are the most enjoyable aspects of your job?

When something comes in that is time critical and the team pulls together to get it delivered on time.

Working with different parties on a deal and being the point of contact on certain issues.

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

To undertake work that actually mattered so much. When you’re running parts of a project yourself the onus is on you to get it done and report back to the client, you have a sense of ownership and achievement.

I was also surprised to work so closely with every member of the team and have involvement on so may different matters.

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

Research Services– they send a daily update with links to news regarding our clients and sectors.

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

The pub!

Describe your training partner in three words.

Enthusiastic, scatty, comical.

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

  • I have a pet parrot
  • I’m a certified scuba diver
  • I’m about to build a house

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

Personal Trainer or Travel Journalist

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

Spend time in different areas of law: private practice, in-house and at the bar. Work out which is for you. Once you have done so, try to get some experience in different firms/companies/chambers to work out what their culture is like and whether it would suit you.