Event: If I knew then what I know now — at the Google Campus

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By Alex Aldridge on

On the evening of Thursday 10th October six authors of posts in Legal Cheek‘s ‘If I knew then what I know now’ series will be gathering at the Google Campus in Shoreditch to answer questions on how to make it to the top in law — or even just how to land a training contract or pupillage. The event is free to attend, but places are limited…

The speakers are 11KBW’s employment and sports law specialist Sean Jones QC, phone-hacking lawyer Mark Lewis of Taylor Hampton, Brecher managing partner Nicky Richmond, Matrix human rights silk Matthew Ryder, solicitor-turned-commercial barrister PJ Kirby QC of Hardwicke Building and Norton Rose Fulbright head of planning law Nigel Hewitson.

To reserve a ticket, email [email protected] quoting ‘Event: If I knew’ in the subject line.

The Question Time-style discussion, which will be chaired by Legal Cheek podcast host Kevin Poulter, will start at 6:30pm, and be followed by drinks — provided by our sponsor for the evening, LexisNexis.


Here are the speakers’ ‘If I knew then what I know now’ posts:

Sean Jones QC (11KBW): ‘The unacknowledged truth about advocacy is that it’s a sales job’

Mark Lewis (Taylor Hampton): ‘You pay a price for putting your head above the parapet’

Nicky Richmond (Brecher): ‘I naïvely believed that if I performed well I would be rewarded accordingly’

Matthew Ryder QC (Matrix): ‘A barrister’s rhetorical flourishes can be seductive, but eventually they become an irritating distraction’

PJ Kirby QC (Hardwicke Building): ‘I’ve come quite a long way since leaving Hull University with a Desmond’

Nigel Hewitson (Norton Rose Fulbright): ‘Get a job wherever you can and you never know when your opportunity might present itself’