Catherine Gurney

Associate, Litigation
London School of Economics - Law

I trained at Weil before qualifying into the Litigation team six years ago. For me, it was the quality of the work and client base that brought me here. In addition, being one of a small number of trainees allows you to be more visible, and the opportunity to work as a key member of the team on a transaction or case really appealed to me. It was a fairly young office when I joined, and I liked the idea of joining a growing organisation that had an entrepreneurial feel about it.

The entrepreneurial feel continues today, which is what I think really sets Weil apart. The firm encourages you to take on as much responsibility as you are capable of managing, which extends to developing the business and contributing to the firm more generally. There are various ways to get involved, from joining committees to participating in charity or sports events – I myself run the firm’s netball team – which is a great way to meet and socialise with people across the office.

The people here are motivated and enthusiastic about the work they do. A few years ago I was the lead associate on a big arbitration for one of our top clients. Having worked hard to draft all the arbitration papers and devise the case strategy, it was a fantastic sense of achievement to come out with a win for the client. Very often the cases we work on require you to work collaboratively, both with people within your own team and across departments – which is facilitated by the firm’s open door policy. All in all, working here is a great balance between interesting and challenging work and a friendly place to be.