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Our two year program offers a challenging opportunity for learning, exploring and building solid legal skills. Trainees undertake four 6-month seats in our principal areas of work: corporate, litigation and arbitration, bankruptcy and corporate restructuring, and finance. Trainees in each seat work under the direct supervision of a partner.

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Meet our trainees

Meet some of our associates who trained at Brown Rudnick: Emma-Jane Price, Imogen Steiert

PETER WOZNY

I am a law graduate of the University of Southampton. Following the completion of my LPC at the College of Law, for three years I worked in the Moscow office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP where I was able to enhance my practical legal skills in an international context. I was transferred from the London office to the Moscow office to replace the rotation of trainees, thus was accorded the responsibilities of a trainee or newly qualified solicitor. The role gave me a vast exposure to deals and responsibilities which encouraged me to continue my legal career and return to London to commence my training contract with Brown Rudnick. During my degree and LPC I volunteered part time in a local regional firm as a commercial paralegal and undertook a number of vacation schemes in Shanghai, China to broaden my understanding of international law.

Seat 1 - Corporate During my corporate seat I worked on a number of interesting deals. These ranged from venture capital, initial public offerings, M&A and restructuring transactions with a varied range of clients (such as technology startups, life sciences, clean tech and hedge funds). From the outset, I was given very high exposure and responsibilities. I assisted with the drafting of prospectuses, private placement memorandums, circulars and all corporate M&A authorisations directly with the partner, to working on due diligence and leading conference calls with clients and the other parties involved with the deal. One of the brilliant aspects for working at Brown Rudnick as a trainee is that there are a high number of partners to associates: you are always guaranteed to be given high level exposure and to gain great experience. Seat 2 - Litigation and Arbitration As soon as I joined the Litigation and Arbitration department, I was thrown into a huge case where we acted for Dutch Pensioenfonds Vervoer in its professional negligence claim against Goldman Sachs Asset Management International for losses in the region of €250m, relating to the management of Vervoer's fund portfolio. Acting for the 'small guys' and winning against a formidable opposition certainly provided me with perfect understanding in how litigation works - from taking initial instructions from the client right up to preparing for a trial and ultimately settlement. Seat 3 - Real Estate Finance Since joining the Real Estate Finance team, I have assisted our high net worth private clients purchase homes in Mayfair and abroad, to the restructuring and financing of international hotel chains, airports and shopping malls. One of my primary roles is to ensure all of the conditions precedent are managed and drafted in order to authorise the approval of the finance documentation.

SABINA KHAN

I studied LLB Law at King's College London and completed the LPC at BPP. Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, I acquired 6+ years of in-house legal experience spanning J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank and HSBC. Most recently, as an associate in J.P. Morgan's derivatives legal team, I was liaising with clients globally (from asset managers, hedge funds, sovereigns to investment funds etc.), negotiating documentation and collaborating with internal stakeholders (such as, credit, risk, trading, collateral and tax teams) to elicit client-friendly solutions. I am accustomed to working in fast-paced and dynamic environments where complex issues need to be resolved expeditiously and amicably, taking into account not only the client's concerns but the competing interests and demands of other stakeholders. My in-house experience has been invaluable in developing my business acumen and understanding how financial institutions, and the entities they do business with, operate and the rules and regulations they are typically subject to. The work that I handled was of a cross-border nature and I was often involved in engaging local counsel to provide legal opinions on various issues. I was keen to cement my existing experience by training with a firm which has a strong finance focus (but diverse enough to provide well-rounded training) where trainees are entrusted with high levels of responsibilities and given opportunities to make valuable contributions.

My first seat is a combination of White Collar Crime and Litigation. Brown Rudnick's White Collar department is one of the few teams in the UK who are recognized for their experience in both civil and criminal areas, and the seat also allows exposure to financial services regulation, which is fantastic given my professional background. I am approaching the mid-way point in my first seat and so far, the experience has been extremely rewarding. The workload is varied, interesting and supervisors and colleagues are very helpful in providing feedback and guidance. This is a job where you're never quite sure what the day will take you, which is exciting. I have been involved in work such as compiling a presentation on market abuse which involved reviewing and analysing a 130-page judgment, drafting terms and conditions for a start-up company website, drafting board minutes to writing articles for firm's website/blogs. The firm is boutique and provides an excellent platform for junior lawyers to hone their legal skills and knowledge, learn from some of the top practitioners in the legal market and take ownership of tasks. During my current seat, I have also found myself working for the corporate and IP teams on several occasions, so there is no strict division between the departments and it is important to get stuck in where there is demand, which in turn also provides you great exposure.

DEMETER KOVACS

Prior to moving to the UK, I had studied for 1 year at one of Hungary's leading law universities and had spent a number of years working in varied commercial positions. Subsequently I read law at London Metropolitan University and gained commendation in the LPC whilst working full-time as a business development manager for a large manufacturer. This heavy workload disciplined me to a high-standard of time-keeping as well as gave me numerous transferable skills which I later started utilising in my current law. Before moving to Brown Rudnick I had worked as a paralegal at Pinsent Masons LLP in their international commercial arbitration team. From April 2013 I was hired by Brown Rudnick as a lead-paralegal in the Litigation & Arbitration department where I was afforded a great deal of exposure and responsibility. It was this varied exposure and the extra-curricular initiatives within the Firm which helped me secure a training contract at Brown Rudnick. In addition to the above my language skills have also helped in furthering my career, particularly in such a truly international environment. I speak English, Hungarian and Spanish.

I am currently in my first seat with the Bankruptcy & Restructuring department and the work has been as exciting as much as demanding. No two days are the same and new challenges are always only around the corner. I enjoy coming to work every morning knowing that I will be guided by and what's more collaborating with some of the biggest names in the industry. The responsibilities are great but the pressures are small, as at this place the doors really are always open. There is a real sense of camaraderie with everyone working as a team and wanting to provide the best, most cutting-edge and bespoke service to our clients. Recently I was tasked to take the lead on a large section of a due diligence exercise which took weeks to complete, but which also afforded me great levels of client exposure and tremendous feedbacks. But the real highlight(s) must be the ever-supporting encouragement by senior partners which allows me to undertake my own business development initiatives, one of which is currently being finalized and will potentially result in a very large transaction.

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