Welcome back to our Graduate Team Insights series, where we sit down with members of the Graduate Recruitment team and ask them about their background and experiences through their respective careers.
This week, we speak to Benn Richards, a Partner in the Restructuring & Insolvency team who specialises in both contentious and non-contentious insolvency.
A small commercial firm in the City which has been swallowed up by a larger national firm.
Non-law. My undergrad degree was in Sociology (with a strong hint of Philosophy).
The mixture of technical arguments with commercial/lateral thinking. It is always rewarding to find a solution to a problem.
I find some of the older styles of litigation frustrating, with overly aggressive/emotive approaches. Thankfully those approaches are now less common.
Either a Calvin Klein model, a comedian, or (most likely) an academic.
I have been fortunate enough to act on a number of high-profile and reported cases. I also obtained my higher rights of audience in 2005 and exercising those rights for the first time, when I was still quite junior, was a proud moment.
Nothing too significant, which was more luck that judgment! Mistakes do happen and the most important thing is to speak up, as 99% of the time, nothing really turns on it.
Approachable, supportive, collaborative
Walk my dogs, ride bikes and spend time with my family.
Listen and learn as much as you can. You will work with different people with different skills, so pick up as much as you can.