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The next chapter

5 September 2011

I haven’t been the new girl for quite some time now – to be precise it’s more than five and a half years since I started at my last firm. My move this week is therefore simultaneously exciting and a little unnerving. Practically speaking, there are a pile of new names to learn and I need to find my bearings so that I may easily access important amenities such as the toilets and the flash coffee machine. Most of that should be slotting into place by the end of day one, but it will of course take rather longer to assess the various personalities and learn how they all interact with each other.

I did my research pre-interview of course, and I thus know that the national team is of mind-blowing proportions, having more than 50 partners and 80 solicitors across five UK offices. I’ve worked in some big national firms before, but my team has never been on anything like on that scale. They are also a very sociable bunch, having already invited me to a couple of evenings out. T...

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