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An Interview with an Executive Lawyer in Corporate Commercial

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Ben Hancox is an Executive Lawyer and Solicitor in our Corporate Commercial team in Rugby.  We caught up with him to get an insight into his role and his time at Brethertons.

1. What are the key priorities in your role?

The key priorities within my role are providing legal advice to customers, keeping them up to date on their matters and managing their expectations so they are satisfied with the service they receive from me. Also, working with the other members of the team to ensure that as a team we meet deadlines for completion dates.

2. What aspects of your role do you most enjoy?

I enjoy the problem solving of issues that customers come to us with and getting the results which helps them achieve what they wanted to achieve.

3. What aspects of your role challenge you?

Learning new areas of law as the commercial sector is so broad. Time management is also key to meeting customers’ expectations as they are running a business and they need to carry on with doing this as quickly as possible.

4. What aspects of your work do you find most interesting?

Continually learning new areas of law to such a degree that I am able to confidently use it to problem solve issues for customers.

5. What support do you have in the firm and in your team?

We have a huge amount of support from the operational side of the firm which helps us progress the legal advice we are here to provide. Other practice area teams are also always willing to assist if you need to refer a query to them in order to provide the customer with a full piece of advice.  Our Commercial team works well together and there is always someone around that can assist if you are unsure of anything and we all support one another on transactional work.

6. How have you developed in your role since you started in it?

I have grown in confidence in a number of aspects of commercial law that I didn’t have before.  I manage transactions and my own workload rather than supporting other lawyers within the firm. Whilst being one year PQE, I was part of a team that managed and completed one of the most complex transactions the team had been engaged in. 

7. Where do you see your career/skills/knowledge developing at Brethertons?

I’d like to carry on gaining in confidence in commercial law and become an associate within Brethertons in the future.

8. What do you enjoy most about the firm and our structure?

I enjoy the fact that we have a clear structure that aims to reduce the amount of administration so we are able to focus our efforts of providing legal advice. There is a clear structure for promotion within the firm and a choice of where we want to focus our career progression in that we can take a managerial route or become technical experts and progress that way.

9. If someone is considering applying for an Executive Lawyer role at Brethertons, is there anything you would like to share with them?

Brethertons is a great place to work. They understand that people have different skills and want choices in their progression and have therefore provided a fantastic platform for you to become a great lawyer.  The support you get from all levels stands out from previous organisations I have worked within and the flexibility of the firm allows you to develop your career with choice.

If you are interested in hearing about Executive Lawyer opportunities at Brethertons, please have a look at our vacancies page or get in touch with David Langstone.