LLB | City University of Hong Kong (Dean’s List)
Our culture is one where the efforts and opinions of junior lawyers are valued and trainees are given meaningful responsibility on client files rather than being simply deployed in piecemeal tasks. Trainees are entrusted with responsibilities in case management and client relationship management. They are invited and encouraged to participate in intellectual discussions with senior lawyers to identify pragmatic and effective solutions for clients on a daily basis. An enormous sense of belonging and fulfillment flows from this participative leadership style.
I began my legal career at Timothy Loh LLP as a vacation scheme student at Timothy Loh LLP. The following year, I commenced my training contract here.
Scope of Work & Responsibility
Even as a vacation scheme student, I was exposed to eye-opening active client matters and was invited to join discussions with senior lawyers on substantive matters of law. For instance, I had the chance to look into financial regulatory laws that might be applicable to cryptocurrencies and contribute to the legal analysis for a client. My experience was different from some of my peers who were given monotonous tasks of a more clerical nature.
As I embarked upon my traineeship, I continued to work closely with partners and associates and was provided with continued guidance and clear instructions to prepare me for the challenges inherent in complex legal issues and unfamiliar business settings.
The range of responsibilities which I was assigned as a trainee may seem daunting. Rest assured that the senior lawyers are cognizant of our work experiences, abilities and caseloads and it will be a gradual and manageable process.
Interaction with Partners
I valued the fact that partners were willing to invest the time and effort to engage in in-depth discussions and interactions with me as a trainee. The topics were not limited to legal issues encountered in a file but included commercial considerations, tactical considerations in handling third parties, the firm’s business operations and other matters.
For client work, as a trainee, I did not simply submit work product and receive brief written comments. I was expected to conduct a comprehensive analysis, to share my proposed approach with partners and to participate in the decision making process to finalize the approach for clients. By observation, we were expected to contrast our thinking with their perspectives, thereby understanding in what ways we could improve.
These day-to-day discussion and brainstorming exercises meant that our training went beyond purely acquiring knowledge and work experience by completing tasks in accordance with instructions to sharpening our mind and judgment so we could devise a plan to resolve problems independently.
Culture and People
Our partners and associates are open-minded and sharing persons who welcome questions and feedback from junior lawyers. Even if it is not directly related to an active client matter, they are happy to share their knowledge and insights for our learning and betterment.
I have enjoyed working with other lawyers at this firm as a team and I have found no company politics. With the support and close mentorship of the partners and associates, as trainees, we were therefore able to handle intellectually demanding work and attain our full potential.