Tayyibah Arif

Associate, Corporate
London School of Economics – Economics

While I was thinking about my career options, I was lucky enough to gain a place on Weil’s Vacation Scheme. And I thoroughly enjoyed it – it seemed to combine my analytical and writing skills perfectly. An additional selling point was the working environment. It’s a flat structure without a hierarchy and I worked within a close-knit team and everyone from partners to trainees played a key role. I really felt like part of the team. So, once I’d completed my undergraduate degree, I proceeded with my GDL and LPC before starting my Training Contract with Weil.

Weil offers something different to other law firms. It’s a smaller London office, allowing you real visibility and responsibility. For example, I’ve recently been heavily involved in a pro bono project where I’ve worked closely with a Weil partner as well as acting as mentor to an upcoming social enterprise whose model is to provide healthy food snacks to pregnant women in Indian slums – ensuring the women have healthy children and breaking the cycle of poverty. Selling the healthy samosas in the UK will fund the programme and help them to expand. It’s been really exciting to see this project unfold and I’m thrilled to be working alongside such passionate people.

The work is so varied here – every single deal is different. A particularly memorable deal for me was when representing a client who was looking to acquire a business based out of Amsterdam. It was a very time intensive deal and probably the shortest deal I have ever done; we worked on it Friday through to Monday – alongside the client, and we worked around the clock to get it done. It was the team’s spirit and dedication that made this such a memorable deal.