Ayman Shehata, Associate
What’s your current role and how long have you been at the firm?
I am a newly qualified associate in the Corporate group based in London. I initially joined the firm back in 2015 as a compliance administrator, taking a year out to do the LPC.
Give an example of a typical day in your role
Typically, a solicitor in the Corporate group will be working on a number of projects at any one time. Because the team advises on such a diverse range of corporate work, I could be working on a capital markets or public companies matter, a private company sale or acquisition and a private equity deal all at the same time.
I tend to end the previous day by noting down a to-do list for the next day, split across the different projects and levels of urgency. As projects and transactions develop at different rates, this is a useful tool to make sure you stay on top of everything as soon as you start work that day, and can communicate your work and tasks with colleagues.
If for example, I know that we are due to send a share purchase agreement or disclosure letter to the other side by a certain date, I like to give myself enough time to work on these documents and send to the senior person assisting on the matter to review, before they are due to be shared. At the same time, there may be another matter where the client asks to review a number of documents by the end of the week. So the balance and management of time is vital. Any one day can be filled with drafting documents, reviewing documents received from the other side, managing due diligence processes with specialists across the firm and getting ready to close a deal. It definitely keeps you on your toes
I also like to take advantage of business development opportunities, such as writing articles. It is always good to give yourself some time to look into recent developments and see if there is anything interesting you could write an article about or share with the team.
What do you enjoy most about working at Charles Russell Speechlys?
Definitely the people. The team is so collegiate. You can have any questions, whether something to do with the work you are doing, a worry about workload or just after some general advice, there is always somebody to ask.
I play football with other colleagues from the firm on Monday evenings (internal matches or against clients and contacts), which is a great way to meet-up, have fun and exercise.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to a Future Trainee starting in their legal career?
Stay open minded. A lot of future trainees often already have in mind what area of law they want to qualify in. Whilst that is of course not a bad thing, that should not prevent you from wanting to try different seats in different areas of law. At a firm like CRS, where our expertise is so broad – from private client to corporate law and commercial litigation – you have the opportunity to try your hand in practice areas not all firms can offer.