May Smith, Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerIdentify: Could Smith

Agency: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Place: Companion 

Educated at: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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What’s your most vivid reminiscence from being a trainee?

All of it stays fairly vivid. On the work aspect, an incredible number of attention-grabbing work in areas of legislation I’d by no means studied. On the social aspect, a implausible consumption of fellow trainees made issues a lot much less daunting (particularly within the first few months). I used to be additionally actually fortunate to spend six months on secondment to Paris with a gaggle of trainees who shared a love of fondue and karaoke (and who stay good mates at this time).

Who has been probably the most influential individual in your profession? Why, and the way have they helped you?

There have been lots of people who’ve helped me alongside the way in which, however Sarah Falk (one other tax companion within the crew and now additionally a Tax Tribunal decide) has in all probability been probably the most influential. From convincing me that Tax was the place to qualify to taking me underneath her wing as a junior affiliate, she has been a supply of help and recommendation ever since I joined the crew. She’s additionally an actual function mannequin: somebody who’s fully good technically but additionally very sensible, and really supportive of others.

What was the very best profession determination you ever made, and why?

Properly I’ve been at Freshfields all through my authorized profession, so I’d higher say becoming a member of Freshfields! Extra significantly although, I wasn’t somebody who had at all times dreamed of being a lawyer and searching again I may have accomplished extra analysis than I did so I used to be fortunate – the folks and strategy have actually suited me, and the agency has given me alternatives that I might have struggled to come back throughout elsewhere.

What recommendation would you give to somebody who needs to get to the place you might be/do the job you do?

Bear in mind you’re in a crew, not solely with others on the agency but additionally your shopper, different advisors and so on. It’s fairly fundamental however numerous the opposite necessary issues circulation from that – from being ready to assist others out and treating others (in any respect ranges) effectively to essentially fascinated about issues out of your shopper’s perspective. And attempt to profit from no matter you’re engaged on – some duties are much less glamorous than others however you may often be taught one thing (and doing a very good job on a relatively mundane job is more likely to result in one thing extra attention-grabbing).

What work or career-related mission or exercise would you actually love to do, however don’t have time for?

There isn’t one huge mission, however there are lots of issues to which I might love to have the ability to dedicate extra time. That ranges from spending extra time on data administration initiatives/consultations on new laws, to upping my involvement with issues like graduate recruitment. There by no means appear to be sufficient hours within the day!