Benson Egwuonwu

Trainee, Litigation

Education: Law, Oxford
Joined: As a trainee 2016

Why Macfarlanes?

Macfarlanes primarily appealed to me because of its excellent reputation in corporate and private client work. I was particularly interested in the firm’s independent business strategy; Macfarlanes is based in London, yet it regularly conducts sophisticated international work with a variety of clients. These factors distinguished Macfarlanes from other City firms and convinced me that it was the right place to start my legal career.

Furthermore, I was attracted by Macfarlanes' comprehensive training programme. Trainees are treated to robust feedback sessions and a variety of seminars which update them with current legal developments. There are many opportunities for trainees to take real responsibility for their work and gain invaluable experience in the process.

Also, given the smaller intake in comparison to other City firms, it is easier to engage with other trainees – and indeed other members of the firm – in a sociable and intellectually stimulating atmosphere.

Rare Recruitment

I applied for the Macfarlanes training contract through Rare Recruitment – a recruitment agency which supports people from diverse backgrounds.

I first discovered Rare during my first year of university. I was inspired by Rare’s people, their ethos and their dedicated work in mentoring talented ethnic minority students who seek to achieve a career in law.

For my Macfarlanes application, Rare supported me through providing feedback, developing my analysis of commercial awareness and conducting mock interviews. Through my mentoring sessions, I was well prepared to complete all stages of the application process and ultimately gain a training contract.

My experience with Rare has had a positive, informative and rewarding impact on my professional life. The lessons I learned continue to inform the advice I offer today to students who are interested in pursuing a legal career.

 
Advice for somebody entering the legal profession

Research is key. To be a strong candidate for a training contract, you should be able to demonstrate your understanding of: (a) the role you are applying for; (b) the law firm you want to work for; and (c) the commercial context of legal practice.

Carrying out thorough research will not only show recruiters that you are motivated to pursue a career in law, but it will also deepen your knowledge of the legal sector and guide you towards making the right decision for your career.

Macfarlanes primarily appealed to me because of its excellent reputation in corporate and private client work. I was particularly interested in the firm’s independent business strategy; Macfarlanes is based in London, yet it regularly conducts sophisticated international work with a variety of clients.
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