Role Models - David Murphy

David Murphy, Solicitor

I am a Solicitor in the Contentious Construction team at Beale & Co. My role involves working alongside Partners and Senior Associates to advise clients on a variety of different construction disputes, which include arbitrations, adjudications and court proceedings.

I grew up in Hertfordshire, attending a local state school. At this stage, I did not contemplate that law was a feasible career option and focused mainly on sport at school - in particular cricket – whilst trying to balance this with academic studies.

I began studying Politics and Business Management at Loughborough University in 2008. From the start of university until September 2017, I was a professional cricketer at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club. I thoroughly enjoyed playing cricket, however after suffering some injuries in 2014, I began to explore other career options. Amongst a number of different work placements, I undertook some work experience at two law firms, which was stimulating, and a good introduction to the field.

I have found that many of the skills that I developed in my cricketing career dovetailed seamlessly into a career as a solicitor. I became used to working in a team environment, and operating under pressure. Through cricket, I also developed a competitive edge that can, at the appropriate times, be put to good use when working in disputes. During the years of cricket, I also became familiar with attending networking events, having hosted various tables and boxes with sponsors over the years, which I hope in time will help with business development.

I began studying the GDL part time in 2016 whilst continuing to play cricket full time and applying for training contracts. Beale & Co immediately stood out to me as being welcoming from the first interview and I certainly did not feel disadvantaged as a career-changer. In fact, throughout my interviews the firm was genuinely interested in hearing about my previous career and my experiences.

I began my training contract in Beale & Co’s London office in September 2018, and am very pleased to say that I recently qualified! During my training contract, I had the opportunity to attend a client secondment and spend one of my seats in the Dubai office assisting on and attending an arbitration, which were both great learning experiences.

One of the main reasons I enjoy working at Beale & Co is that trainees and newly qualified solicitors are given a high level of responsibility at an early stage. Even on large dispute cases, Partners will value your input on the strategy of the case, which assists your training and career development. There is also a great work/life balance and the firm is supportive should you be working longer hours due to an upcoming deadline for example. There are many opportunities to make a mark on the firm at the start of your career, ranging from writing articles on recent legal decisions, to organising presentations to other fee earners and clients.

To those seeking a career in the legal profession I would say that it is achievable and advise people to build a good rapport with other trainees/colleagues, ask plenty of questions and get used to working hard!