early careers - UK graduate programme Shanice McAnuff

Trainee Solicitor, Corporate, Singapore (secondment)

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As a trainee, you come into a role like this thinking you won’t be given anything particularly important. But early on, when you see your work mentioned in media such as Bloomberg, you realise that what you’re doing really is high profile. When I was researching law firms, I’d read about Ashurst taking on lots of exciting work, but I never expected to be as involved as I have been. Even if you only have a minor role, just being able to say you were part of a project is incredibly rewarding.

You tend to work in smaller teams at Ashurst, which means you’re given much more responsibility. You’re expected to delve into the finer details and understand the complexity of clients’ issues. When you’re brought into projects that the firm has tackled many times before, you’re able to draw from your team’s broad expertise. But then, when you’re given a case that’s completely new to your colleagues, suddenly you’re faced with brand new facts, which make for brand new discussions. You work together to innovate and build fresh approaches from scratch – and you become part of the project from beginning to end.

What’s more, the fact that seniors give you exposure to prestigious clients reflects the amount of trust they have in your ability to communicate with them. This level of responsibility gives you a sense of empowerment and belief in yourself. It gives you the boost of confidence you need to progress.

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