Lara Watt, Associate

Lara joined Dickson Minto as a trainee and two years later took on a permanent role as an associate in one of the firm's London corporate teams. Here she explains why:

"My decision was influenced by the fact that my taste of London life as a trainee had been particularly fulfilling. During that time, my team was involved in a number of interesting and complicated acquisitions and disposals. My role on these transactions varied from due diligence to organising a completion involving several jurisdictions around the world. Partners and senior lawyers regularly took the time to explain the wider context of the transactions which only added to my experience and understanding."

A balance of responsibility and support

"One of the most rewarding things about being a junior solicitor at Dickson Minto is that you are expected to take on real responsibility, which helps you develop at a faster rate than they would elsewhere. At the same time, I am always reassured that there is a partner or senior associate on hand to provide helpful support and advice."

A variety of challenges

"Since I qualified, I have had further opportunities to be involved in cross-border transactions. The pace of work can be very fast but we work in well supported teams with the assistance of specialists within the firm. You get regular exposure to multinational and international M&A transactions while being part of a close-knit group of people."

Always developing your talents

As I neared the end of my traineeship, I was told that although I'd no longer be a trainee, my learning would continue throughout my career. There are firm-widetraining sessions that are always focused and practical, and the entire team – partners included – also meets once a week to discuss the latest cases, legal developments and economic or political stories of interest."

A collegiate feel

"Everyone is on first name terms and there is a genuine open-door policy. There is a strong social scene and with the bars and restaurants of Shoreditch and the City on our door step we don't have to travel far to wind down on a Friday (or Thursday) night.

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