Jimena Gutierrez Calero Jimena Gutierrez Calero is a trainee solicitor at the leading international law firm with 27 global offices, Herbert Smith Freehills . This article explores Jimena’s interesting journey towards law and how she secured a training contract with one of the most prestigious law firms across the UK and Australia. What inspired you to apply for a training contract at Herbert Smith Freehills? What attracted you to the firm?

During my workshop, I was very impressed with Herbert Smith Freehills’ very friendly working environment. More broadly speaking, the fact that many of the partners in the firm had trained at Herbert Smith Freehills, was an important factor for myself. It was not just a two-year training contract I wanted; I was aiming for a whole career in a prestigious law firm.

I spent a lot of time researching firms and trying to get exposure into the legal world. I decided that my strengths were my qualification as a Spanish solicitor, my international background, knowing three languages and my master’s in law and finance. Herbert Smith Freehills was a perfect fit, it is not only an international law firm, but it also has an office in Madrid.

I must say I was also attracted at the efforts made to increase gender equality in the firm. At a trainee level there is the Women Trainee Lawyers Network, where trainees of all genders are welcome to join and participate in the different events organised. What were you doing before you joined Herbert Smith Freehills?

Right before I joined Herbert Smith Freehills, I was doing my LPC. However, prior to this, I was studying to qualify as a Spanish lawyer whilst working part-time in a Spanish law firm.

This gave me a more long-term exposure to the firm – I was able to get involved in different transactions and quickly progress from more basic tasks to being given more responsibility to carry out more complex work. Having to juggle both work and studies helped me become more disciplined, and together with the experience I gained, in the end it helped me build my […]

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