Trainee profile - Ben Churchyard

Trainee profile - Ben Churchyard

Education: University of Exeter (LLB Law); BPP Law School, London (LPC)

Department: Banking

Since undertaking a week's work experience sitting alongside the Court Clerk in a Magistrates Court at the age of 15, my ambition was to go into law. This was further enforced after studying law at a-level before going on to study law at university.

My journey at Shoosmiths begun at the end of my second year of university when I obtained a place on the summer vacation placement in the Thames Valley office. The week was filled with "real work" and the friendly and non-hierarchical feel around the office made the vacation placement thoroughly enjoyable. The atmosphere within the firm set Shoosmiths apart from other firms I had the opportunity to spend time with. The week gave me certainty that Shoosmiths was the firm I wanted to train with.

Following the week, I was invited to attend an assessment day in the Birmingham office (an office with the most amazing toilets imaginable) which comprised of a group exercise, written exercise, presentation and an interview with two Partners. A training contract offer followed the assessment centre and I had no hesitation in saying yes.

My training contract begun with a one-week induction spent with all other new trainees from across the firm. The week included numerous presentations from personnel across the firm (including all practice-group heads), group discussions, lunches, dinners and evening drinks. It was a fantastic way to get to know the other trainees and to be welcomed into the firm.

I am currently a couple of months in to my first seat in the Banking department. The time has flown by which is a sign of my enjoyment so far. The calibre of work is extremely high (as shown by the fact that we act for many of the major UK banks) but the friendly atmosphere around the office is not lost even in the busier times.

In the first couple of months I've attended networking events with other young lawyers in Reading, got involved in the Shoosmiths football team, attended charity events and regularly spent time with my colleagues outside of the office. Whilst the work is demanding and intellectually challenging, being a trainee at Shoosmiths is about much more than just the law.

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