Paul Muscutt – LLB Law graduate

Current employer: Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Current job title: Partner

Current location: London

“I would recommend Plymouth University to prospective students because I think that the maritime and law courses are well respected by the shipping and oil companies.”

Tell us about your career path since graduation.

After leaving Plymouth, I completed the Legal Practice Course at Guildford College of Law, Guildford, Surrey, where I was fortunate enough to secure a training contract with a small finance law firm in London called Wilde & Partners. The training contract started in 2000 but I was able to start early with some paralegal work in 1999. Wilde & Partners merged with a national law firm called Hammonds in 2001 and I qualified as a solicitor with Hammonds in 2002. My practice area is restructuring and insolvency and I act mainly for financiers, corporates, and insolvency practitioners. In 2010 I was promoted to a Partner in the Hammonds LLP. Hammonds subsequently merged with a US law firm called Squire Sanders in 2010 and then again with Patton Boggs more recently. The firm is now a large international law practice with 44 offices in 21 countries and has over 800 partners.

What is the most difficult thing which you have faced in your career?

The most difficult part of my job is the pressure during large transactions and holding your nerve when giving difficult advice, which may be challenged by lawyers on the other side.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get in to the same line of work?

It is a competitive market to get into, so get as much experience with law firms and legal departments of corporates as you can.

What is your favourite memory of studying at Plymouth?

My favourite memories are living with great friends and having great times down at the Barbican and other bars in Plymouth. Also, I enjoyed going to Cornwall and Whitsands Bay. There are loads of great memories really.

Would you recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University, and why?

Yes, I would recommend Plymouth University to prospective students because I think that the maritime and law courses are well respected by the shipping and oil companies.

Is there anything else which you would like to share with our current students?

Make sure you tap up the law firms at an early stage in your LLB degree. I think the University could have been more proactive in this regard. It is really important to try and get placements with the larger law firms at this early stage, so make sure that you achieve good first year grades and marks. Mine were not.