I chose Clyde & Co because of the reputation in Manchester as a leading insurance practice. Having worked at a small firm with around 100 members of staff I was keen to see how work would be working for a much larger practice. What I like about Clyde & Co is that despite there being so many employees both in the UK and around the world there is a feeling of a smaller firm within the office and the team I work in. There is a personal touch with everyone knowing each other, including the partners. This year I have been accepted on to the Global Associate Programme and will be spending one week in the Sydney office which I am really looking forward to. It is a great opportunity to visit a new country and to see how Clyde & Co works on the other side of the world.
I enjoy the area of law I practice in and the exposure that Clyde & Co give me to clients and in turn the opportunities this allows me to have to advance my own career. My cases are very varied and this brings with it new challenges. I have found Clyde & Co to be extremely supportive of my own development. There is a really nice work/life balance with socials regularly being arranged by the social committee, and then individual teams also arranging their own social events.
I work for one large insurer client dealing with Catastrophic and Large Loss claims. The work involves road traffic accidents, employers liability and public liability claims. Some of the claims I work on have values of up to around £10,000,000 where individuals have suffered severe brain injuries leaving them incapable of work and requiring significant care on a daily basis. On the other end of the scale, is a case I successfully defended at Trial where the Claimant had a knee injury impacting on his ability to work. In brief, the case was whether a handle on a plastic bucket was or was not defective. It took expert evidence and a 2 day trial for us to prove the bucket was in perfectly good working order!
I also play for the Clyde & Co netball team. This is a lot of fun and a great way to meet not only people in Clyde & Co but also other firms around the city.