Event: If I knew then what I know now — at Inner Temple

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By Alex Aldridge on

On the evening of Monday 24 March seven contributors to the ‘If I knew then what I know now’ series will be gathering at Inner Temple 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: Mukul Chawla QC (criminal barrister and head of 9-12 Bell Yard), Dominic Griffiths (head of banking and finance, Mayer Brown), Madhavi Gosavi (projects and infrastructure partner, Norton Rose Fulbright), Stephen Gowland (president, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives), Chris Stoakes (director of legal projects, Hogan Lovells), Fiona Scolding (social welfare and human rights barrister, Hardwicke) and Nigel Savage (president, University of Law).

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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 and nibbles — kindly provided by Inner Temple. You do not have to be a member of an Inn to come: all law students and junior lawyers are welcome.


To add your name to the waiting list for any returned tickets please email events@legalcheek.com.


Our sponsor for the evening is the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting.


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

Mukul Chawla QC (9-12 Bell Yard): ‘There are moments in court when you wish the ground would swallow you up’

Madhavi Gosavi (Norton Rose Fulbright): Corporate lawyers can be divided into ‘grinders, minders and finders’

Nigel Savage (University of Law): ‘Not everyone who drops sh*t on you is your enemy’

Fiona Scolding (Hardwicke): ‘Life is a series of encounters with toasted cheese sandwiches at windswept train stations’

Dominic Griffiths: I was rejected for a training contract by the firm where I became a partner

Chris Stoakes: ‘No one left the firm unless they’d been turned down for partnership, especially not to become a journalist’

Stephen Gowland: ‘I don’t ever regret not going to university’


‘If I knew then what I know now: at Inner Temple’ follows last year’s ‘If I knew then what I know now: at the Google Campus’ event, an account of which is here.