What is your background?
My name is Adam Blin, I'm currently a trainee in the Real Estate department. I studied at Leeds University, and I studied Australian law with English law.
I did work experience in a small local law firm in Scotland which was a great experience just to see what law was like and to see if law was for me firstly. I then did some more work experience at a magic circle law firm and I did two vacation schemes. The vacation scheme at Linklaters is great, I found it invaluable and it was the reason that I came to Linklaters in the end.
Experiencing a vacation scheme
What do you do during a vacation scheme?
The kind of thing you get involved in as a vacation schemes student is generally the same as you would be involved in as a trainee, with a bit more support. You'll get involved in various types of work which is really great from a perspective of understanding what a trainee will do, you get to understand what the firm is all about with various different seminars and people coming to talk to you and I think the best thing is you can really just ask questions to whoever, because everyone's really friendly and wants you to understand what the firm is about. It's a two way process, which people forget.
I was a buddy for a vacation schemes student just this year, which was great and they were really really impressive in terms of helping me out and actually providing good diligent work. I managed to also get involved in some of their socials and it was really just good fun environment to connect and give them support while also showing them what Linklaters is all about.
What do you do as a trainee?
I started my training contract in the Corporate department, in the private equity team, and from day one I was really kind of thrown in the deep end which was a really great experience but it was quite tough and challenging at the start. The first month of your training contract is always a little bit daunting but there are always people to support you and that's something people are very aware of, because everyone has been in that position.
What support do you receive at Linklaters?
The support at Linklaters from the day you start just never ends. You're constantly reminded of having people there for your support, whether it's a principal you will always have, who will always be able to help you with your work, whether it's trainees who are slightly more experienced who have been in your position, or whether it's just a buddy that you might know of, a friend who will always be able to help you.
What type of work have you been involved in at Linklaters?
In my Real Estate seat I've been lucky enough to work on one of the biggest pan-European deals that the firm has done this year. It was a really big deal which was spread all over the papers and has allowed me to get in contact with various different jurisdictions across the firm. What was great about the deal from my perspective, was that I have seen it from the very opening stages to the very closing stages and it is great experience to see how a deal operates and how the firm actually works together as one collegiate firm. It was just a good experience from my point of view from dealing with clients, getting on the phone negotiating points of view, really just getting to grips with a big company, appreciating what their demands were, meeting tight deadlines, feeling the pressure, feeling the heat and knowing what you do is actually important and valued. So that was good from my point of view.
Are there opportunities for pro bono work?
I think there's real emphasis in getting involved in pro-bono work. There's always an opportunity to do something if you have the time available. I've recently got involved in a small matter in which we're dealing with writing leases for a disability clinic, and it was really interesting to just get involved and they really appreciate your work.
From a trainee perspective it's a really good learning curve because you're given a lot more freedom to engage with clients and negotiate and run the matter. Pro-bono is something which everyone at Linklaters, at some stage, does get involved in.
What do you enjoy about working at Linklaters?
What I love the most about working at Linklaters is the people and the constant challenges. I think firstly the people are a great bunch and a great mix as well, and I think that's really important to know that's it's not just one stereotype person, everyone is very different and there's a great plethora of people here. I think in the terms of the opportunities that you get it's just a great, great way to learn, there's always something new and the variety is just unbelievable. One minute you can be abroad and the next minute you could be working on a deal which is all over the newspaper, I mean it is really great. Those two things; the people and the variety, the opportunity at work - it's two or three things - is why I like Linklaters. I think it's a great place to work.
Since this video Adam has been promoted to an Associate in our Corporate team.
- What is your background?
- Experiencing a vacation scheme
- What do you do during a vacation scheme?
- What do you do as a trainee?
- What support do you receive at Linklaters?
- What type of work have you been involved in at Linklaters?
- Are there opportunities for pro bono work?
- What do you enjoy about working at Linklaters?