Application for a newly qualified associate position with Thompson & Knight LLP
Re: Application for a newly qualified associate position with Thompson & Knight LLP
Dear Recruitment Team
I would like to submit this covering letter in support of my application for a newly qualified associate position with Thompson & Knight LLP’s London office.
I have chosen to apply to Thompson & Knight LLP because it is one of the leading law firms for international energy law and finance. During my employment at several international and US law firms, I have received very quality exposure to the oil and gas and financial sectors in the UK, Russia and CIS and Eastern Europe. Thompson & Knight LLP would be the best law firm for allowing me to build on this experience and knowledge because it is one of the oldest and most experienced law firms in the energy and finance sectors. This aspect would translate into quality work and an excellent platform where I will be able to learn from some of the best lawyers in the industry.
I feel that the firm will present me with an opportunity to work in one of the largest international law firms with the intimacy of a smaller office, which will allow me to get to know my colleagues and clients on a more personal level whilst still having access to the depth and breadth of the firm’s global resources. I really like the fact that Thompson & Knight LLP has its international offices located in strategically important cities for the oil and gas industry such as Houston, Mexico City, Algiers and others. This international reach would present me with exposure to international oil and gas matters which would help me to develop into a more rounded energy lawyer. At the same time, I feel that my experience with the Russian oil and gas sector as well as my language skills could be very beneficial in bringing in new business from and developing the firm’s presence in Russia and CIS.
During my employment at some of the leading international and US law firms, I have received direct exposure on some of the most high-profile legal matters. This experience helped to develop my entire set of skills which will enable me to operate successfully as a newly qualified solicitor. I was vested with high levels of responsibility and have demonstrated an outstanding ability to manage my workload and prioritise competing deadlines.
I possess very good teamwork and communication skills, which will allow me to work successfully with lawyers and clients from different countries and jurisdictions. During my employment, I have received quality exposure to multiple industries and legal practice areas. This has developed my commercial awareness which, in turn, allows me to align all of my work with the requirements of clients and their respective businesses. I have received a lot of direct contact with very high-profile clients and their associates, which has developed my client-facing skills. I always undertake my work with utmost attention to details. My language skills will allow me to add value to international cases and forge effective relationships with overseas lawyers and clients. I possess very good problem-solving skills and enjoy working on complex cases to devise cutting-edge solutions to problems without any precedents.
I am very motivated and enjoy new challenges. In my spare time, I regularly do [sport] and help to coach others. [sport] has helped to hone my discipline and resilience to pressure and developed my leadership skills.
I thank you for your consideration and look forward to hearing from you.