Huge congratulations to Ben White, who recently passed his exams and qualified as a solicitor.

Ben has been part of Larcomes’ commercial team for the past three years, where he has gained valuable experience and insight into life as a lawyer.

Here, he tells us how binge-watching Suits, arguing, and a passion for coffee set him on the right path for a career in the legal industry…

What is your job title and experience?

I am a solicitor within the Commercial and Litigation department, where I have worked for just under three years.

What areas of law do you specialise in?

I mainly specialise in commercial and property disputes, alongside transactional commercial matters involving banking and debt finance, business sale and acquisition, and commercial property.

Why did you decide to work in the legal industry?

Like most young lawyers, I watched the infamous TV show Suits and my desire to be like Harvey Spectre was cemented.

After binge-watching this and other legal sit-coms throughout college, I went to law school and found my (already known) passion for negotiation (glorified arguing), which led me into the world of litigation.

I also love the intellectually challenging side of the law, and being able to help clients with the issues that mean the most to them.

When and where did you qualify?

I qualified as a solicitor in July 2023 at Larcomes and continued my role within the Commercial and Litigation department.

How long have you been at Larcomes?

I have worked at Larcomes since the start of 2021, gaining legal experience two days a week while I completed the Legal Practice Course. During this time, I was offered a Training Contract, which I commenced at the end of June 2021.

What do you enjoy the most about working in the commercial and litigation department at Larcomes?

I love that I deal with completely different matters each day. One morning, I can be at Court arguing a boundary dispute or injunction claim, and in the afternoon, I could be refinancing a hotel or selling a business.

My colleagues in the commercial team are not only brilliant at their roles but are also fab people to be around every day.

What do you find most challenging about your job?

Coming to the realisation that clients lie to you, and the likelihood of finding this out at a very inconvenient time…. Such as in the middle of mediation or at trial!

Also, the ever-increasing struggle of trying not to become a caffeine addict.

What advice would you give to aspiring lawyers?

Become an expert at explaining complicated legal rules and arguments in simple terms. Find the fun in being overly analytical with every document or piece of information you are given. Enjoy the challenge and thrive on the knowledge that lots of the work you do will have a huge impact on a client’s life.

What skills do you need to be a successful lawyer?

The main skill, which is often overlooked, is people skills. If you are good with people, you will be a good lawyer. Anyone can use Google to know what the law is in black and white, but the real skill comes from being able to apply or manipulate the law to suit your client and their circumstance.

A big skill also includes being able to answer a complicated question with a simple answer. No one wants a two-page brief for a question that can have a yes or no answer.

What aspirations do you have for the future?

To continue my career helping businesses and clients achieve their aims in a straightforward and painless way.

Commercial Lawyers Portsmouth

Larcomes’ team of specialist commercial litigation solicitors have the breadth and depth of experience necessary to deal with all kinds of complex commercial and regulatory disputes.

To find out more about how we can help your business, have a look at our specialisms:

As well as litigation, the team has considerable experience in many other dispute resolution mechanisms, including arbitration, adjudication and alternative dispute resolution.

To speak with Ben or another member of our specialist Commercial team, please call 023 9244 8100.

Please note that this article is not intended as legal or professional advice. It is for general guidance only, and updates to the law may have changed since it was published.