Phil Cerny

“My route into law was slightly unusual. After graduating with an LLB from UCL, I was offered a recording contract by an independent record label and recorded two albums, toured through Europe and appeared on national television and radio. However, I eventually realised that the troubadour life was no longer for me and decided to apply for training contracts in early 2017.

Having graduated from university some six years before applying and having worked in a markedly different profession during this time, I no longer had a student community or careers service to rely on and felt that my foreign accent and low-income background presented additional hurdles.

By booking telephone mock interviews with Aspiring Solicitors, I was able to receive feedback on my interview technique, as well as specific tips on the firms I was applying to. These experiences filled me with confidence in the face of fierce competition and rigorous assessment centre tasks.”

Phil Cerny- Trainee Solicitor Taylor Wessing


“Creating an inclusive working environment and recognising the value diversity brings to our teams is key to our strategy at Taylor Wessing; it’s what makes it great to work here.  In recent years, our inclusion agenda has gone from strength to strength.  We have networks and initiatives covering a range of areas including:  Gender, LGBT+, social mobility, disability, wellbeing and Cultural Diversity. At a graduate level, we are proud to be embarking on our 4th year working with Aspiring Solicitors, with over one third of our 2019 vacation scheme recruited from the AS membership.”

Lydia Block, Graduate Recruitment at Taylor Wessing