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Chrissie Wolfe speaks to Legal Cheek about what the future holds for ‘Law and Broader’

A personal injury solicitor who qualified two years ago is sharing her training contract wisdom through the medium of vlogging.

Chrissie Wolfe is a solicitor at Irwin Mitchell and the woman behind Law and Broader, or LAB, a YouTube channel she says is “aimed at law students or anyone trying to break into the legal profession who is interested in improving their employability”. Wolfe’s clips — filmed in her very rose gold apartment — are each about ten minutes long and cover everything from law fairs to effective time management. She tells Legal Cheek:

“I set up the channel completely independently of my work and I don’t expressly refer to my job or where I work in the videos so that there is no confusion about me expressing my own views. My line manager, who is a partner at the firm, has been extremely supportive and I advised him some time before I actually launched that I was planning it and he was very much behind the idea.”

Advice garnered from watching Wolfe’s videos includes: make sure you know your application inside out before a training contract interview, keep a professional attitude throughout (even in the waiting room), and err on the side of caution when deciding what to wear.

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As for networking events, Wolfe encourages planning your questions in advance, researching the people who are going to be there and taking notes.

There are also videos with a more legal affairs slant, such as a case study on Carillion and a clip about the gig economy. There’s also plenty of broader topics covered, such as how Wolfe spends her weekends and her holy grail holiday essentials.

Wolfe says YouTubeing started as a weekend hobby, and she’s “already really pleased with how well the channel has been received”. She’s planning upcoming collaborations with a number of fellow legal professionals, including a barrister, a school friend who trained at the magic circle and a family friend who trained at a large London firm who has since gone in-house.

Wolfe also reveals she’s hoping to team up with Rosie Watterson, a future Herbert Smith Freehills trainee who blogs about training contract advice. “We are both very keen to work together given our shared interests in helping aspiring lawyers,” Wolfe tells us.

But even if you’re not a training contract-seeker hoping to take Wolfe’s advice, her own journey into law makes an interesting listen.

Home-educated by her mum until GCSE level, Wolfe hit a bump in the road when she didn’t do anywhere near as well as she had expected to at A-level. She studied biological sciences at the University of Birmingham harbouring ambitions to become a vet, before deciding to convert to law. Wolfe, who started her training in 2013 and her YouTube account in 2017, qualified into Irwin Mitchell’s international personal injury department and now specialises in claims arising from cosmetic surgery abroad.

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44 Comments

Anonymous

Proper fit

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Trumpenkrieg

Basic.

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Alice

Irwin Mitchell TC? No thanks.

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Amy - 6+PQE

With an attitude like that you won’t get far

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Anonymous

Amazing the people you get giving ‘advice’ on social media – like the “lawyers” on LinkedIn writing motivational updates about their fight to the top in the legal world, then it turns out they are a paralegal in King’s Lynn.

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Jane

Yet your post has no basis… she is an actual qualified solicitor…

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PEPE

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Trumpenkrieg

Why is Pepe being censored? Pepe did nothing wrong. #FreePepe

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PEPE

THICC

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Anonymous

It is incredible how all the five non-normies of the legal profession gather here

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PEPE

U OK HUN

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Good for her, not sure why there is so much negativity. May not be advice to you, but to some it will

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Anonymous

Sure, if your target market is anxiety ridden first year law students. Admittedly it’s a niche.

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Anonymous

She’s a PI lawyer at Irwin Mitchell. I can see why she has so much free time on her hands.

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Anonymous

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TomR

Really? really? They are potentially no.1 in the PI world. They have provided a fantastic service to many including me. I think someone is a little jealous of their standing.

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Anonymous

I don’t imagine anyone in this readership (comprising mainly lawyers/legal practitioners) is jealous of Irwin Mitchell’s “standing”. It is consistently voted as worst employer, worst management, and worst reputation amongst the legal community. Golden turd ring any bells?

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TomR

Are you seriously relying on the results from Roll on Friday…

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Line manager lol

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Very impressive indeed.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

“Give me more attention!”

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Anonymous

Can you really call someone that works at IM “a solicitor”?

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A real solicitor at IM

So where do you work anonymous?

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Anonymous

Yet another narcissistic numpty. Why do they do it?

If she’s that keen on giving out such wisdom, perhaps she should become recruitment consultant.

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Anonymous

How can you have an issue with an individuals hobby that involves assisting others with progressing their career from personal knowledge and experience, along side pursuing a career of their own? Sounds like you need a hobby pal.

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Sir David Nappy

I’m sure that we have all got plenty of worthwhile hobbies that we all do – without screaming

“LOOK AT ME”

on t’internet.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Senseless attention seeking drivel – don’t forget the make up tips which clearly fit the theme. I’ve just read the title law AND broader… I see *rolls eyes* perhaps change the title to law and make up tips 😉

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Anonymous

Handful of views on the videos literally one step away from talking to yourself 👍🏻

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Anonymous

LOOOL

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Anonymous

Seems to be a lot of these egotistical “LOOK AT ME” personalities sprouting on LinkedIn. The Irwin Mitchell Birmingham office is a real breeding ground for them!

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Anonymous

Ohhhhh snappppp

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Anonymous

Mans is lost for words and ting

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LL.D (Chicago)

Looking forward to her Ambulance Chasing 101 course

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Anonymous

Can’t see “put your fucking foot down and follow that ambulance” being made into 10 minutes of content, but I’ve been wrong before.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Self serving nonsense

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Anonymous

I’m not sure a PI slave at IM has done enough to offer advice to hoi polloi be honest, no matter how impressive her eyebrow.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Embarrassing.

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