Alexander is an Associate who works in our Commercial Real Estate team. He trained with Forsters joining in September 2017.
Why did you choose Forsters?
Aside from having one of the best locations in London, the firm’s commitment to building personal relationships, including a real desire to invest in its trainees, was a huge selling point. Forsters has a fantastic reputation, really interesting practice areas and brilliant clients.
What seat are you currently in?
Currently, I am sitting in Commercial Real Estate, which is one of the firm’s core practice areas. It has been a great first seat, giving me a good introduction to life as a trainee.
What is the training like at Forsters?
There is a strong focus on personal development, showing the firm’s desire to make its trainees more confident and self-aware. You are trusted to take ownership of tasks from an early stage, which forces you to engage with matters and think hard about what needs to be done. Whilst you are expected to hit the ground running, support is readily available and everyone is happy to help despite busy schedules.
Describe a typical day in the life of a trainee at the firm
It is a cliché, but no two days are the same. Whilst I usually have some form of contact with the Land Registry, be it through submitting forms or chasing an application, the day depends on what needs to be dealt with on any particular day. Work can vary from research on a technical issue to negotiating a licence to assign and everything in between.
What hours do you generally work?
Hours vary depending on how busy the department is, but there is definitely no culture of “being seen to be at your desk”. I usually start at 8.45 am and have typically finished by 7.00 pm.
What is the most challenging aspect of being a trainee?
For me, the first few days of the training contract were slightly hectic. You are meeting new people, settling into a new routine, trying to get on top of the IT systems and that is before you even start to engage with the legal aspects of work.
Once you have settled in, one of the most challenging aspects is keeping on top of all the different matters that you become involved with. Finding a system that enables you to become, and remain organised, whilst trying to ensure you do not overlook the detail of a transaction is a steep learning curve, but a key aspect to get right.
What about the social life at Forsters?
There is always something going on at Forsters and as a trainee you are encouraged to participate as much as you can as it is a great way to meet other people. There are lots of charity and sports events, with five-a-side football my personal highlight. Needless to say, there are also plenty of opportunities for a post-work tipple if the mood strikes.
Finally, what three words would you use to describe Forsters?
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Associate, Private Client
Former trainee, joined in September 2018. Studied History (Cambridge).