Lawyer Profile Tim Evans
Prior to commencing my training contract, I read Law at the University of Sussex and worked in-house in the pharmaceutical sector, performing the contract negotiation required to open clinical trials.
Having coming from the pharmaceutical industry, I was therefore convinced upon started my training contract that I wanted to qualify as a transactional IP lawyer. Six months in Property Dispute Resolution quickly changed that!
Contentious work provided the intellectual challenge that I desired from a career in the law. Performing complex legal research and drafting pleadings concisely and logically constantly pushed my abilities. The work was also varied. One moment I would be working on a traditional landlord and tenant issue such as lease forfeiture and the next I was performing rights of light due diligence for a large London development. In that sense, I enjoyed how the department managed to merge cutting edge work in fields such as fracking with the more ‘traditional’ contentious property work.
Following from Property Dispute Resolution, I completed seats in Restructuring, Construction Advisory and Disputes and Litigation and Regulatory.
Throughout the training contract, I enjoyed early responsibility. Whether that was racing around London getting possession claims issued against trespassers, attending networking events with the ‘big four’ accounting firms or drafting applications to court, I always felt very much in the thick of it.
As I approached the end of the two years, it became clear that Property Dispute Resolution was the legal area that I wanted to practice. To me it is varied, intellectually challenged, tangible and evolving. Through a little luck and a lot of determination, I was offered a qualified position and can’t wait to re-join the team in October after a short stint spent exploring the jungles of Cambodia!