Hugo Mason

Hugo Mason

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

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. After I completed my LPC I spent the summer working in the Legal & Business Affairs team at Carnival Films on productions such as The Last Kingdom, Jamestown and Stan Lee's Lucky Man.

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

I am currently in my 1st seat in the real estate department. We are working on some very exciting and complex developments, so I feel like every day presents me with a new 'biggest challenge'. 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.

What are your personal interests?

I try to go to the theatre and the cinema as much as possible. I also volunteer for a dog rescue charity called RescueRemedies. My other interests include flailing around at obscure fitness classes like body combat, trampolining or contemporary dance.

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

There is no 'Howard Kennedy type' – if you are reading these trainee profiles you will undoubtedly have noticed that we come from a wide range of backgrounds! It's not the end of the world if you don't already have a lot of legal experience, there are a lot of ways to acquire the skills that you need as a trainee. Sell yourself on the qualities that you have.