Bryan's Trainee Experience in our Hong Kong Office

Name: Bryan Wan

Degree: LLB (Hons.)

University: The University of Hong Kong

Seats to date: Intellectual Property

What attracted you to a career in law?

Working as a lawyer is one of the most intellectually rewarding jobs. From formulating litigation strategies to devising a multi-million dollar merger, lawyers are problem-solvers, analysts and innovative thinkers.

Why did Bird & Bird stand out to you from the rest of the law firms?

Bird & Bird stands out to me as a firm with particular focus in business sectors where technology plays a key role. I get to work on matters that make headlines in Hong Kong and around the world. I also see potentials in the technology sector which I believe will promote growth of the firm as a whole.

What do you think made your application successful in securing a training contract?

I think pro-activeness is the most important element in securing a training contract. An intern’s energy and enthusiasm really adds to the vibrancy of the firm.

Did you do a Vacation scheme? If so how has it helped you in the process?

Yes, I had my vacation scheme in the summer of 2016 and I think the vacation scheme helped a lot in the application process.

As an intern at Bird & Bird, I was involved in multiple matters, whereby I was assessed by my abilities as well as my working attitude. This, I believe, was an excellent opportunity for me to demonstrate to my seniors that I am a good fit at the firm. Meanwhile, the opportunity to work with the lawyers also allows me to learn from them and understand the firm culture.

What was your childhood dream job?

Legislator.

I think Bird & Bird is realising my dream. As a top-tier technology firm, Bird & Bird gets to advise the government in the formulation of various policies. We get to play a pivotal role in social changes.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

I see myself in the position of an associate at Bird & Bird, taking on challenging yet interesting projects and developing my business network.

One piece of advice you would you give someone who is looking to go into law?

Practising law is as much about learning the law as it is about applying the law to the real world. Do not limit yourself to the law books and explore what the world is about.

Thinking back on your time at Bird & Bird, what has been your most memorable experience?

During my vacation scheme, I had the opportunity to investigate on a potential registered design infringement at a trade fair. I had to disguise as a customer and enquire about the production details of the product. We managed to identify the infringers at that occasion and we filed a complaint right away.

What has been your greatest challenge at the firm?

At Bird & Bird, we aim to think on the client’s side and provide the advice they need, without sacrificing any accuracy and breadth of coverage. This implicates that we need to reduce the results of hours of research into fine, concise pieces of advice. This demands a good command of English/Chinese and excellent drafting skills.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Mac & cheese (with a lot of bacon strips) with a can of ice-cold Coca Cola.