60 second interview with Clare Gilroy-Scott employment law partner and former trainee

Q: When did you start with the firm and can you give us a flavour of your experience at Goodman Derrick?

A: I started my training contract in September 2001 and worked with the corporate/commercial, employment, media and litigation teams. From day one I worked closely with fee earners on interesting cases, and was given opportunities to draft pleadings and witness statements and to meet clients. On becoming a partner this year I reflected and realised that many of the people with whom I trained, and those who I have subsequently trained, have continued their careers here. I think that speaks volumes about the firm. Our culture is open, friendly and collegiate and that makes it an engaging and rewarding place to be a lawyer.

Q: How do you involve your trainees with your growing employment law practice?

A: Our trainees are absolutely crucial to our employment law practice. The team is busy with both employer and employee work and this area of law is changing all the time, so accurate legal research and writing is one of the most important element of a trainee's work. We are also very focussed on building the practice and we wouldn’t be able to do that without imaginative and commercial trainees. A good trainee will help me with presentations, seminar production, networking events, article drafting, social media and new business meetings. SO in summary our trainees are closely involved with all parts of the team's work.

Q: If you could point to one thing that makes training at Goodman Derrick different to that offered by other City firms, what would it be?

A: Goodman Derrick is not a huge firm, we have around 60 lawyers and we all know one another. It’s a very personal firm. Trainees have a great opportunity to meet and work with everyone, in fact it’s important that they do build their personal network at the office. From a very early stage they will be attending important client meetings and taking part in client facing networking events. That sounds normal but it doesn’t happen everywhere.

Key facts

Training contract start date:  September 2001

Qualified:  September 2003 into Employment

Made partner: April 2017

Degree: English BA(Hons)

University: Manchester

Legal qualification:  PgDL and LPC at the College of Law, London

Hobbies: windsurfing, swimming, reading and travel (small children permitting).


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Goodman Derrick LLP

Goodman Derrick is a leading commercial law firm in the City of London. We are recognised for providing high quality legal advice across a range of practice areas and for our distinctive, client-focused service.

  • 30 partners leading a team of over 90
  • A recognised adviser to FTSE-listed, national and international businesses, including many household names
  • Recommended as a leading law firm in key practices by the independent guides to the legal profession, Chambers & Partners and Legal 500
  • A founder member of Legal Netlink Alliance, please see the international section of our website for more information
  • Founded in 1954 by Lord Goodman and established as a limited liability partnership in 2006

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