Berwin Leighton Paisner Training Contract Application Model Answers
Why specifically have you chosen to apply to Berwin Leighton Paisner? What sets you apart as an ideal candidate for Berwin Leighton Paisner? 250
Berwin Leighton Paisner attracts me because it is a very innovative firm that has revolutionised the way in which legal services can be delivered to clients through concepts such as ‘lawyers on demand’ and ‘managed legal service’. This culture will allow me to deliver fresh-thinking solutions to complex problems.
I will receive the excitement of working on cross-border transactions and liaising with overseas lawyers at a firm that is big enough to deliver on major projects for clients, but not so big that it loses its personal touch. This will ensure that I will have direct involvement on large-scale cases where I will apply intellectual rigour to find practical solutions to complex problems.
At Berwin Leighton Paisner I will receive the opportunity to be seconded to the firm’s Moscow office. Professionally, it is a key part of the process that could help me to develop into a valued and highly skilled solicitor with a better understanding of how an international practice operates.
I am an ideal candidate for Berwin Leighton Paisner because I am a very resourceful, commercially minded and have a sharp analytical mind. At [Law Firm Name] I was asked to attend a Board of Directors EGM in my capacity as an interpreter between the [language] client and English and Dutch solicitors. At the EGM, I was required to think on my feet and see things from a business perspective and always align myself with client’s commercial objectives whilst managing to remain robust and calm under pressure.
Please identify one issue that the legal industry has faced in the last 5 years and detail its impact.
The Legal Services Act will allow for Alternative Business Structures (ABS), which will enable law firms to explore new ways of organising their businesses to be more cost-effective, permit different kinds of lawyers and non-lawyers to work together, and allow for external investment. The ethos behind these changes to the Legal Services Act is to put the consumer at the centre of the legal services market. As a result, traditional law firms are already looking at new ways of adopting a more 'client-centric' model in order to compete with new, and potentially larger, players entering the market. ABS will allow for increased flexibility: non-legal firms such as insurance companies, banks and estate agents will have the freedom to realise synergies with legal firms by forming ABS firms and offering integrated legal and other professional services. Allowing new providers into the marketplace should lead to innovation and price reductions. This should result in more people being able to access legal services. Nevertheless, the ABS regime is facilitative. There is no obligation on a firm to become an ABS although there may be some pressure from competitors which might influence whether or not a firm decides to become one.
Please give an example of a time when you were working with others and your judgement was challenged. How did you respond to this?
At present, I am assisting [law firm]’s London team on [high net worth individual]’s defense to [high net worth individual]’s claim estimated at £[sum] billion. I am working closely with [law firm]’s associates from Moscow and London offices in conducting document review for the purposes of disclosure request pursuant to the court’s order. The second stage of the review produced some controversy as some reviewers came to question my judgment. I maintained a thick skin and applied a sharp analytical mind and irrepressible optimism to explain complex issues in a simple language and made sense of a complicated situation. I was a very careful listener and receptive to criticism. At the same time, I feel that I negotiated with others very successfully and collaborated with the wider team to bring individual elements together and reach a successful conclusion.
Please outline your interests, hobbies and travel experiences.
I greatly enjoy amateur [Sport] and train very regularly. I share my skills and passion for the sport by providing lessons to friends and people who have an interest in [Sport]. Last year, I trained several students at the [University], who went on to do very well in the ‘varsity’ championships. Having been involved in [Sport] for over a decade, I was regularly required to travel to various places to compete. This has developed my interest in travelling and exploring. Last year I traveled to Mallorca, Marbella and Ibiza where I was caught up in the heat of the world cup final between Germany and Spain. Several years ago, I traveled to Marmaris and Antalya in Turkey and especially enjoyed the country’s rich and exotic history. I also enjoy travelling nationally and was overwhelmed by the gothic settings of Cornwall, home to several of my favourite gothic books and the historic splendour and idyllic gardens of the Leeds Castle in Kent. During my spare time, I enjoy playing football, and have been selected to represent [Law Firm Name] in the summer football tournament. I like networking and regularly attend the ‘[Language] professionals in the UK’ event. I also enjoy playing polo.