Partner specialising in Insurance, Industrial Risk & Transport
Why did you choose Gide?
I have a long history with Gide… which actually didn't start off all that well since my first application as a junior associate was refused!
So I made excuses. It was clearly too conventional, too traditional, too imposing, too austere, too… just not for me.
It was only a few years later, once I had gained experience in specialist law firms, that the opportunity to join the firm presented itself once again.
From the moment I arrived, I realised that Gide was far removed from the very classic image I had of it. Although the demands in terms of legal knowledge, investment and quality are obviously very present, we also enjoy a great amount of freedom. At Gide, you can grow, be creative, meet brilliant and passionate people, improve, discuss, and work in a kindly, friendly and stimulating environment.
I joined the firm nearly 10 years ago and this is by far my best professional experience.
First steps at Gide?
My first steps were a little chaotic... I had previously practised only in small niche firms and did not know anything about how such a large structure operated: it takes a little time to come to terms with the fact that there are 350 lawyers in the same building as you! I had to learn about the various practice groups, their location on the site, their specificities, and of course supervision, teamworking, etc. There are also some very good sides: the associates' receptions, the foosball table lost in a library somewhere, the yoga lessons, the Beaujolais Nouveau tastings... and above all, Karima, a remarkable woman who takes you by the hand and helps you in all your administrative tasks and who is always there if you need her. She has guided the first steps of many a Gide associate at the firm!
How do you see your future with Gide?
I do not know what my future at Gide will be, but I am sure that I have a lot of trouble imagining my future without it!