My first experience of HFW was attending an open day run in collaboration with Aspiring Solicitors, an organisation that aims to increase diversity in the legal profession. I am now a Professional Ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors and it is brilliant when members join us as trainees. Following on from the open day, I completed a vacation scheme with HFW in Spring 2016, where I was sat with the Construction Group. I found that, even during my vacation scheme, I was treated as a member of the team and was given interesting work to do on live cases.
When I was offered the opportunity to do a training contract with HFW I leapt at the chance to do construction as my first seat - I had found it so interesting during the vacation scheme and I was keen to learn more. As a trainee I was quickly exposed to the truly international scope of work that this team undertakes and the international perspective gave my job an added vibrancy. The Construction Group works on a broad mixture of contentious and non-contentious construction matters. I am particularly interested by the work the Group is doing in the renewable energy sector; I was able to get involved in a high value offshore wind dispute and also take part in business development work in this area.
I went on to complete my second seat in the Energy and Resources Group in HFW's Singapore office. The chance for all trainees to do an international seat is truly fantastic. Singapore is a substantial international arbitration hub and I was heavily involved in a variety of different arbitrations. In general, trainees often find they are given a higher level of responsibility in the international offices, for me this meant that I have had one-to-one client meetings, drafted pleadings and attended networking events. My third seat was in Ship Finance and my final seat was in Shipping Disputes.
I qualified into the Construction Group at HFW in September 2020, having first found my passion for this type of work during my vacation scheme four years previously. I truly enjoyed my training contract at HFW, I received top quality training from first class lawyers in their relevant industries - it never hurts that there is a pub under the office either!