Even though he had applied to several firms in Newcastle, Henry says that Muckle stood out as a firm with a clear vision for the future – and that was really important to him as there was much change and not a little uncertainty in the legal sector at that time.
Throughout the application process Henry was also delighted to discover that Muckle placed a real emphasis on its people. In particular, the vacation scheme provided an invaluable chance for him to get to know the team, as well as understand more about the firm they worked for, its aims and values and how these were implemented. Ultimately, it was this focus on people that was the key selling point for Henry as it convinced him that Muckle was a firm he could really enjoy working for.
Although applying for a training contract can be a pretty stressful business, Henry found that everyone involved in the process at Muckle worked hard to ensure it was as stress-free as possible and gave him every opportunity to see what it was like to work in the team.
But before he started his training contract Henry landed himself a job in the Construction and Engineering Team, where he worked as a Paralegal assisting with non-contentious matters by drafting documents for a variety of construction projects. Two years later, he started his first seat as a Trainee, an experience which, Henry confesses, was hugely beneficial in enabling him to develop his legal skills. Besides which, it provided him with the chance to experience a specific area of law in much more detail than would have been possible with a single seat of a training contract.
Since then Henry describes his time at Muckle as having been hugely rewarding. He has been given real responsibility, has quickly built up client contacts and has been given all the supervision and support he needs. And with an abundance of approachable, experienced lawyers throughout the team to learn from, Henry feels confident that Trainees at Muckle couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to reach their potential.
When away from the office Henry enjoys loves watching and participating in most sports which ranges from enjoying a hot dog in the south stand of the Newcastle Falcons rugby ground to sailing across the Channel in a howling gale, with nothing but a Pot Noodle for company.