James Crook

Associate, Structured Finance
University of Nottingham - Economics

The decision to start my career at Weil was an easy one. I knew that I wanted to work for a prestigious US firm – I relished the prospect of being given real responsibility early on and, as part of a select trainee intake, I knew that I wouldn’t just be another face in the crowd. For me, Weil was the firm that stood out. Weil already had an established presence in the City and the firm was clearly committed to the long-term growth of the London office. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I was offered a Training Contract.

My first deal as a trainee was during my seat in Corporate. I was immediately made to feel an integral part of the deal team and frequently found myself working opposite associates from the opposing firm. At times this was intimidating, but I learnt so much from the process and felt such a sense of achievement when the deal closed. The experience shaped the path for my career at Weil and I’ve wanted to do transactional work ever since.

Now an associate in Structured Finance – I still find closing deals to be the most satisfying aspect of the job. It’s true that transactions can require intense periods of work but it’s always hugely rewarding when you know that your legal skills and intellect made a difference – and helped the client close the deal.

It’s not just the work that’s great here, it’s the people too. There’s an open door policy and everyone’s open to sharing and listening to each other’s ideas regardless of whether you’re a trainee, associate or partner. You have a real sense that you’re part of something dynamic and have the support of a team. I couldn’t imagine a better way to work.