Francis Iyayi, Trainee Solicitor at SJ Berwin LLP
My name is Francis Iyayi and I completed the BLD programme in 2010. Since the programme, I have obtained a Masters in International Business Law and my LPC at BPP Law School. Before commencing my training contract, I spent 8 months working in the Operations department as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs where I acquired a number of valuable skills.
My training contract has proved to be a great learning and working experience so far. I am currently sitting in the Finance department working for several associates and partners depending on the transaction. Essentially, as a trainee, you are tasked with managing transactions from start to completion. This entails drafting or amending various related agreements, board minutes, corporate authorisations, conducting company searches and completing legal research tasks. The work is extremely varied and intellectually challenging.
I would highly recommend the BLD programme to any individual interested in a career in law. BLD's focus on training and development has positively impacted my career.