Trainees

Our second year trainees

We asked our second year trainees to tell us about their route into the law and a little about their life before Howard Kennedy.

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Adam Fellows

What did you do prior to joining Howard Kennedy LLP as a trainee?

Before joining Howard Kennedy, I worked as a Legal Editor for a web-based publishing company called FromCounsel.  In my role as Legal Editor, it was my job to make sure that the content was formatted into the correct style for upload.

What advice would you give to trainees in the recruitment process?

I think the best bit of advice I can offer is to be your best self. When you get to a recruitment centre, the firm has already seen something they like, so that is something positive to take with you. 

 

Nikita Sellers

What has been your biggest challenge during your training contract so far?

I assisted with negotiations over a lease which referred to law which has been repealed. I was required to quickly conduct research in order to understand the practical consequences of this legal issue, discuss it with the other side's solicitors and seek instructions from the client's in-house legal department.

What are your personal interests?

While I am no longer pursuing a career in performing arts, I still love live entertainment and am always keen to see the latest shows on in London. 

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James Downes

What is your top tip to candidates looking to apply for a training contract at Howard Kennedy LLP?

My top tip is to research thoroughly. Avoid relying on the website and pick an area which is unusual or different about Howard Kennedy in comparison to other firms that you have researched.

What did you do prior to joining Howard Kennedy LLP as a trainee?

I graduated from Exeter University where I studied History. I then completed both my GDL and LPC at the University of Law. Recently, I worked as a paralegal in the Enforcement and Market Oversight Division at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Hugo Mason

Why did you decide to pursue a career in law? 

I worked in the entertainment industry for six years as an actors' agent. Technology is rapidly changing the way in which we enjoy the arts and I found that negotiating contracts in these areas sparked my interest in studying law. 

Who has been your best moment during your training contract so far?

My best moment so far was attending my first client meeting, where I got a chance to see first-hand how our work is influencing a £300million mixed-use development.

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Ajay Fournillier

What did you do prior to joining Howard Kennedy LLP as a trainee?

I graduated with a Law Degree from the University of Essex in 2010. I then completed the LPC at BPP Law School in 2011, and also completed training as a police officer (Special Constable) at the same time. My most recent role involved working within the Capital Markets industry as an Assistant Transaction Manager.

What advice would you give to trainees in the recruitment process?

Research…research…and then some more research! This means keeping up-to-date with what the firm is up to, including any recent developments affecting its sector groups. Genuinely have an interest in the firm and most importantly – be yourself!

Amelia Cheng

What has been your best moment during your training contract so far?

My best moment so far is when I attended a networking event at The Law Society representing my team. The event was on "How to Do Legal Businesses between the UK and China". It felt amazing being given the responsibility to introduce the firm to potential new relationships and contacts.

What are your personal interests?

I am a running-holic! I love running outdoors and I am always exploring new running routes.

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Robert McGregor

What is your top tip to candidates looking to apply for a training contract?

Focus on your strengths and emphasise how you can apply them on everyday tasks on both the legal and business fronts. At interview, be yourself and avoid overused platitudes unless there is substance to them - if you are passionate about everything, are you passionate about anything?

What has been your best moment during your training contract so far?

My best moment so far has been working on a high value personal negligence claim. I have also enjoyed getting involved on the business side of a law firm and contributing to the Howard Kennedy Sport sector.

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