A Global career
I have just completed my fourth seat at our office in Dubai. This was my second seat abroad with my first being in Perth. Whilst the offices are different, there are similarities in the atmosphere and team mentality which are pervasive throughout the firm, one of the main reasons I chose HFW.
My Dubai seat was in litigation, and was technically split between two departments. But all the teams could approach me to assist with any matter they needed a hand with. I have worked with the majority of the fee earners in the Dubai office, assisting with everything from drafting documents for the shipping team, to preparing presentations for the aerospace team, seeking advice from the construction team and participating in client calls with the insurance team. In each task, I picked up new skills and an insight into how these different departments work. It was very useful opportunity which came in handy during qualification!
I was given the fantastic opportunity to run five cases for a client under a Partner's supervision. I acted as the client's first point of contact in all things from queries about costs to addressing the concerns they may have. I drafted all of the correspondence to the client as well as to the various counterparties. I managed the documents and kept on top of the billing. All of these skills are useful for my career post qualification. With my supervisor's support, I was able to see exactly how to manage a case from the start and how to keep it progressing.
Dubai is a key international commerce location and many law firms have Trainees here. This means that socialising and networking with other Trainees and clients is very easy, especially with the famous Dubai brunches on the menu and so many amazing locations close by!