Ajay Fournillier

Ajay Prithwi

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. I recently left that role after six and a half years of volunteering.

My most recent role involved working within the Capital Markets industry as an Assistant Transaction Manager, for Intertrust, a leading Corporate Services Provider. My work was varied and involved the setting up of SPVs for a number of securitisation and warehouse transactions, of which some included high profile deals, with SPVs being listed on the London Stock Exchange or Irish Stock Exchange. Prior to this, I worked as an Adjudicator and Mentor at the Financial Ombudsman Service for around three years.

Just before joining Howard Kennedy, I spent three weeks backpacking around Thailand.

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

Currently, my biggest challenge is reviewing documents for a disclosure task that I am working on for a contentious matter within the Commercial Litigation department. It requires me to review at least 1,000 documents a day, deciding whether they are relevant or not, contain privileged information and keeping an eye out for any potential "smoking guns" that could adversely affect our client. In addition to this, I also have a number of debt matters assigned to me to maintain and progress accordingly.

What are your personal interests?

Travelling, Gym, Running and Kung Fu.

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

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!