Meet Martin Hirst

Martin Hirst

Martin is Head of Real Estate at the firm as well as our Training Principal. We talk to him about what drives him in his role as well as what he looks for in our prospective trainees.

What sort of projects do you work on?

I primarily work with real estate and developer clients, specifically housebuilders. This can range from large scale residential developments to negotiating options on behalf of clients to acquire land in the future for development.  These can be complicated and demanding transactions, balancing the needs of our clients with those of third parties. No two transactions are ever the same!

What drives you in your role?

As a lawyer, it's ensuring I deliver the best possible solution for our clients. Every client is different and it's vital to tailor my approach to each depending on their business, their needs and the individuals that I work with. I enjoy the problem solving aspect of this, building relationships with clients, and seeing how our advice helps their business thrive.

What is your role as Training Principal?

I work closely with the trainee team and the board to ensure that our recruitment process attracts the best possible talent and that once in the business, our trainees are given everything they need to become advisory lawyers. I enjoy seeing the lawyers of the future join us and watching them flourish as they move through their training contracts and qualify as solicitors.

What would you say to someone considering a trainee contract at the firm?

This is a really exciting time to join Foot Anstey, particularly at the start of your career. We offer our trainees excellent quality work and a high level of client interaction. The six seat rotation and our Virtual Trainee programme ensure that our trainees experience a variety of practice areas before deciding where to qualify. The culture at the firm also ensures trainees feel supported throughout their training contract and have all the tools they need to reach their potential.

What key attribute do you look for in a trainee?

There are a number but I would say it's vital that trainees demonstrate a high level of commercial acumen and the ability to apply their learnings to give practical solutions to a problem. They also need to be able to collaborate and adapt to change.

What do you most value about Foot Anstey?

The firm's culture. Everyone in the business is approachable and supportive of one another which helps to forge open and honest relationships with colleagues and clients alike.