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From trainee to partner – A Career Conversation with Jack Stephenson


Our latest ‘Career Conversation’ features Jack Stephenson who became a partner in our corporate team earlier this year, just a few short years after qualifying as a solicitor.

Who or what inspired you to become a solicitor?

I just sort of fell into it. I actually wanted to be a fireman, but when I left college the 2008 recession had just hit, and most jobs were being cut. I enjoyed doing law at college so thought I’d give it a try at university while the job market recovered, and here I am! I have no regrets about how things turned out.

What are the main skills and attributes you need to be a corporate lawyer?

I primarily deal with the buying and selling of businesses, mergers and acquisitions, company restructures and general corporate & commercial advice. This involves speaking with lots of different parties and ensuring your client’s interests are protected at all times. I’d say good attention to detail, strong writing, communication and organisational skills are important.

What part of the role do you most enjoy?

That you get to meet so many people from lots of different backgrounds and business sectors. Finding a way to support them on their journey is something that’s really rewarding.

What has been your greatest career achievement to date?

Being one of the youngest solicitors to become a partner at Harrison Drury was a great feeling. Also becoming president of Preston Incorporated Law Society at a relatively young age is something else I’m proud of.

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Tell us something about yourself that not many people know?

I’m a proud father of two large rodents – Len and Martin.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be doing?

I think it would have to be something involving wildlife protection.

What’s the best piece of career progression advice you’ve received?

I can tell you the worst. I once interviewed for some unpaid work experience, and part of the feedback was my hair was too short and my accent was too Northern. My hair doesn’t really grow anymore, and my accent has never held me back, so I think the lesson there is don’t let people stop you being yourself. Be comfortable with who you are and be authentic.

Interested in finding out more about a career in law? Our careers page has more details about the opportunities at Harrison Drury.

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