Judith Campbell grew up in South Belfast, attended Victoria College in Belfast and studied Law with Politics at the University of Ulster. After spending five years living in Liverpool, Judith and her husband decided to return to Belfast.

What encouraged you to return to Belfast?

My husband and I started a family which made us long to be closer to our family and friends at home.

What is the best thing about being at home?

Being able to establish a healthier work / life balance whilst still feeling challenged professionally.

What were the obstacles / hurdles about coming home?

The biggest hurdle was making the decision to return home. I loved the buzz of the city’s restaurants, bars and shops as well as the friendliness of the Scousers. It was hard to say goodbye.

How did you prepare for the road home?

As with any prospective career move, I contacted recruitment agencies that concentrated on the professional market, revisited my CV to ensure it was updated and adjusted the content to target the types of firms I wanted to work for.

What firms were you looking at?

I wanted to find a job which was as challenging and rewarding as the one I was leaving in Liverpool. I met with Jim Berrisford (βerrisford Associates) who informed me about Herbert Smith Freehills’ Belfast Office and it seemed to tick off everything I had on my wish list.

Why did you decide on HSF?

From researching HSF, I was attracted to their innovative approach to specialised legal services. I was also excited by the exposure the firm offered to large scale transactions across the globe.

What advice would you give anyone looking to come home?

Be confident with what you want to achieve from moving home and don’t settle for anything less.

For Herbert Smith Freehills career information visit herbertsmithfreehills.com. For recruitment advice and opportunities with the HSF Belfast Office email Brendan.Burdock@hsf.com or jim@berrisforda.com

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