Trainee profile - Joanna Davis

Trainee profile - Joanna Davis

My first experience of working at Shoosmiths was during a summer vacation placement in the Nottingham office, two years before I commenced my training contract.

I was really impressed with the quality of work that I was given and the work-life balance which the firm offered. I was fortunate to be offered four training contracts, but it was an easy decision to accept the offer from Shoosmiths.

During my time at Shoosmiths, my work has been really varied and I have consistently been given a high level of responsibility. In my first seat in corporate, I assisted the team in a variety of corporate deals. In real estate litigation, I ran a number of lease renewal files with minimal supervision and had direct daily contact with clients.

My experiences in my commercial & competition seat ranged from drafting and reviewing contracts to assisting with competition and public procurement queries. In my final seat in employment, I have drafted witness statements, contracts of employment and attended tribunal hearings.

Shoosmiths strongly encourages its trainees to get involved in corporate responsibility and local networking events, and this is something I have enjoyed. On the corporate responsibility side, I have chaired our local charities committee and co-ordinated and participated in local "Business in the Community" events.

I have also organised and helped to run a mock employment tribunal for a local secondary school. Outside of the workplace, I have attended a number of local lawyer and networking events, and am a member of the International Committee of the Nottinghamshire Law Society. One of the highlights of my training contract was having the opportunity to complete a week's work experience placement in Karlsruhe in Germany.

I have now almost completed my training contract at Shoosmiths and have thoroughly enjoyed the last two years. I am looking forward to qualifying into the commercial team in Nottingham in a few months' time.

  • Education: University of Nottingham (BA)
  • Departments: Corporate, Real Estate Litigation, Commercial & Competition, Employment
  • Qualifying into: Commercial, Nottingham
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