Life during law: Chris de Pury, Berwin Leighton Paisner
03 February 2017 09:30
by Georgiana Tudor
I wanted to be an actor. My parents told me I could always go back to acting. Went off and did a law degree and fell into things. Law was the one that seemed to open up options. I scurried around looking for a training contract and Herbert Smith was the first interview. I got a job offer so didn't go to any of the others.
If you went to Herbies you could only be a litigator so I qualified as a shipping litigator and then had a Road-to-Damascus moment when you go: 'I don't want to be a lawyer.' I thought: 'What do I wanna do?' The seat I enjoyed the most as a trainee was property. This was 1991/92, so amid a massive recession and everyone was going: 'You're bonkers!' I figured if I did that for a year, worked with some great clients, I could do something else.