Lizzie Frost, associate

Lizzie Frost studied History at Durham University. She joined Slaughter and May in February 2011. Lizzie qualified in March 2013 and is now working in one of our Corporate groups.

How it all began

"I have seemed to gravitate towards a legal career ever since my school days, where I was constantly debating/arguing with my teachers and always keen to express an opinion (whether welcomed or not!). My years at university helped to focus my interests and I decided that law sounded like an exciting challenge."

My first day

"I joined the firm as a trainee in 2011, fresh from law school. I had very little conception about what my day-to-day working life would be like having only really been to the firm for my interview, and the City still being a relatively alien place. There was a lot to take in on Day 1, and I haven’t stopped learning since!"

Training contract

"Those two years really did go by in a whirlwind of supervisors, research notes, capacity emails, document reviews, and all of the other things that go hand in hand with being a trainee. One of my highlights was spending three months in our Brussels office as part of my Competition seat. It was a very different experience to working in London and a chance to get to know another city and work with a fantastic group of people."

Qualified!

"I qualified into one of our Corporate and Commercial groups in March 2013, and was immediately thrown into the last (and extremely busy!) fortnight before the signing of a transaction. It was a frenetic but exciting start to a great first year, continuing to learn and having the opportunity to be involved in transactions with a greater level of responsibility."

Work and highlights

"The firm gets you involved in a huge variety of work and it is exciting (though a little intimidating) that the next thing to land on your desk will most likely be something you have no previous experience of. There are several moments, especially at the beginning of a transaction, where you can feel really out of your depth, but the support network that the firm offers is amazing in pointing you in the right direction while letting you learn on your feet. My highlights so far have been working on Cineworld’s rights issue in connection with its combination with Cinema City International earlier this year, which involved a great team of people both internally and on the client's side; and advising LMS Capital on their 2013 tender offer, which was my first solo transaction as a corporate associate and was therefore immensely satisfying to see over the line."

The people

"This job is made by the individuals you interact with on a daily basis. I have really enjoyed meeting and working with a variety of people, both colleagues and clients, over the last few years. Your main support system during late nights and pressured situations is the team around you, and I have found that invaluable. At the end of a transaction, whether celebrated by a closing dinner or just a grateful email from the client or partner, it makes the job worthwhile when you feel your contribution has been recognised."