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Emma W

Associate | RPC

Profile Highlights:

  • First generation lawyer
  • State school educated
  • Regional accent
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I am an Associate in the commercial and banking litigation team at RPC. We specialise in the resolution of complex high value disputes which often have an international aspect.

I attended a state school in a northern rural area so growing up the prospect of working in a large London law firm seemed remote. Whilst studying law at Cambridge I did some work experience at a high street firm, as well as a vacation scheme at Penningtons (as it then was). I also volunteered at my local Citizens Advice Bureau. I secured a training contract at Forsters in my second year and then studied the LPC at Nottingham Law School. During my training contract I did seats in commercial and residential property, construction, private client and litigation. I qualified into litigation in 2014 and moved to RPC in 2017.

I am aware that applying for training contracts and going to interviews can feel intimidating, particularly if you have not had any exposure to large commercial firms before or do not have family working in professional services. I valued the help and advice I was given when I was taking the first steps in my career and am keen to help others achieve their goals. I am happy to answer any questions (none are too small or trivial). Law is an interesting and rewarding career which should be open to all.

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