Peter Hirst is a partner at Clyde & Co, a global law firm operating from 45 offices and associated offices across six continents. They have over 1,800 lawyers advising corporates, financial institutions, private individuals, and governments. Peter is Co-chair of the firm’s Global Arbitration Group and leads their Latin America team in London. He is a registered foreign lawyer of the Brazilian Bar (OAB), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a CEDR accredited mediator.
When I left school I got a job in an insurance company where I developed an interest in law. I was lucky enough to get taken on by a firm of solicitors who were prepared to sponsor me through the CILEx Level 3 courses to train as a paralegal.
I completed my work experience at Cooper Sons Hartley and Williams assisting their receptionist for two weeks whilst I was in year 10 at secondary school. I returned to Cooper Sons every summer after to cover reception until they offered me a full time post as a legal secretary.
My first experience of the law was a week's work experience at a city law firm, Davies Arnold Cooper. I left the office at the end of the week knowing that I would definitely be returning, and that I wished to pursue a career in law.
I considered studying law at university but I had heard from friends how difficult it was to obtain a solicitor’s training contract on graduation, and that the competition is very fierce. So instead, on leaving school with three A levels, I got a job as a trainee legal executive.
I first got into law at the age of 18, when I got a job as an office junior with Wilkin Chapman LLP.
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