Craig Laverick

University of Bath, International Management and German

Current Rotation: Business Intelligence and Pricing

What originally attracted you to the firm? How did you decide that a legal ops role was for you?

Throughout my Management degree, I had the opportunity to complete modules covering commercial and corporate law. I found the topics interesting but just assumed (wrongly!) that a career in the legal industry was not available to me if I didn’t become a lawyer. However, when I found this programme online I immediately knew that this was the right firm and role for me. The opportunities available on the programme were described in a level of detail that is lacking in many other job descriptions, such as the different kinds of rotations, potential client secondments and the opportunity to learn alongside other legal ops graduates at other city firms. The variety of the programme appealed to me, as although I knew that I wanted to complete a commercial graduate scheme, I wasn’t set on a particular role and wanted the flexibility to experience different areas of a business. I was also impressed by the career mentoring and coaching opportunities available to graduates, which showed the firm cared about investing in its people.

The firm has a reputation for providing world-class legal services, which requires both outstanding lawyers and business professionals. I was really excited by the possibility of joining a firm full of talented colleagues to support some of the world’s most influential public and private sector organisations. 

Can you talk through your day? Which group are you in? What does the group do?

At the moment, I work in the Business Intelligence and Pricing team. We’re essentially responsible for the firm’s data strategy, designing reports and tools to address business needs and providing guidance on the firm’s pricing decisions. Every morning, we have a daily catch up at 9:30. This could be virtually via teams, in person in the office or done in a hybrid environment depending on the team’s working patters. I like to be at my desk roughly fifteen minutes before that with a coffee, so I can plan my day and note any work or projects that the rest of the team should know about.

After that I crack on with the day. This could involve carrying out analysis to support various stakeholders, such as Business Development or lawyers, to help them make data-informed decisions. Other times I could be working with team members to assess the appropriate rates for a certain client.

A lot of the work is Excel based, which is teaching me a lot about presenting data and financial reporting – very useful skills for any future career path.

What part of the job gives you the biggest buzz?

Due to the amount of data oversight the team has I have gained a unique insight into the way the firm operates, ranging from how matters are staffed by lawyers to general financial strategy and performance. Each day I learn something new about the workings of a city law firm and it’s really exciting to have this level of exposure so early on in my career.

What qualities do you think someone needs to be successful in your role?

I would say you need to be hardworking, open to new ideas and willing to take on responsibility. The variety that comes with a rotational programme means that you’ll frequently have to adapt to change and learn new skills, and having a positive approach to these new experiences is key.