How can I best prepare for life at a ‘notoriously busy’ US firm?

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I’m moving from a mid-tier outfit and want to hit the ground running

In the latest instalment in our Career Conundrums series, one newly qualified solicitor needs advice on how to best prepare for life at the London office of a “notoriously busy” US law firm.

“I completed my training contract in a mid-tier firm, but I have accepted an NQ offer in a notoriously busy US firm’s Dispute Resolution team. I’m looking forward to the challenge, but I’m expecting a huge culture change and increase in tempo. I have three months before I start. How can I best prepare myself so I can hit the ground running? For example, should I memorise the structure of the White Book/contract and tort basics/revise my LPC litigation notes / read all the cases on BAILII which the firm has recently been involved in / all of the above / anything else? Thanks for any advice you can offer.”

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