Attorney Litigation & Dispute Resolution
From my first day at Loyens & Loeff, it was clear that this firm genuinely wants you to develop and grow and therefore does all it can to encourage your personal development.
First, there is the Loyens & Loeff Academy, where you can attend in-house training programs on subjects like legal English, basic writing skills, legal updates, IT use etc. You can also follow university courses that will help you reinforce or add another dimension to your day-to-day practice. Also, as a junior associate, you are immediately asked to work on current cases and transactions and that means working with and as part of a team and other departments. This hands-on approach, together with permanent mentoring, very quickly makes a huge difference to your professional competence levels (and of course it’s good for your confidence, too!).
I have been working at Loyens & Loeff in the corporate department (Litigation & Dispute Resolution) since September 2009. We represent national as well as international clients in disputes before Belgian Courts and in arbitration proceedings.
The open-door culture at Loyens & Loeff is of huge importance – nothing seems to be off limits and I really like the way I can talk to even senior colleagues about an idea or a point of law. They do seem to genuinely care about everyone’s point of view and the discussions are lively and interesting. It means that if you have a question, you need not only ask your peers and supervising partner, but also approach partners, counsels and senior lawyers. Communication – open communication – is what it’s all about here. This is particularly reassuring for young starters.
The atmosphere … most of the time … is calm and pleasant, and I look forward to coming to work in the morning. For me, Loyens & Loeff has created an environment that radiates positive enthusiasm and informality, and I truly feel that I can develop and be myself here and ultimately grow as a lawyer.
A typical working day
My typical working day (if there is such a thing as a typical day…), would be:
wake-up and breakfast
review my brief for the morning’s court hearing
oral pleadings at the Commercial Court of Antwerp
back to Brussels!
debrief the partner in charge regarding the morning’s hearing. Run through my e-mails and answer the urgent ones. Also send an e-mail to the client to report on the morning’s hearing.
lunch and catch up on the news. Brainstorm with my colleague-‘barkeeper’ on the theme of the weekly Friday evening office drink.
telephone call to an English client: preparation of an enforcement order for a repossession and sale of real estate.
draft a memo for a client on insurance issues. Internal meeting with the partner in charge, who reviews and discusses aspects of the memo with me.
telephone call to the bailiff: strategy and follow-up of the repossession order.
it’s time to call it a day. I complete my time sheets and make my way back home to Antwerp.