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Event: Secrets to Success Leeds — with Pinsent Masons, Irwin Mitchell, Womble Bond Dickinson, Exchange Chambers and ULaw

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Apply to attend our latest student commercial awareness event as part of the Secrets to Success series

As the technological change sweeping society gathers pace, and the legal profession feels the full effect of what is being dubbed the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, Legal Cheek is holding a series of events — in association with The University of Law (ULaw) — to help students boost their commercial awareness as they apply for training contracts and pupillages.

We’ve already hit the road with our packed out events in London, Manchester and Birmingham. Here’s what we learnt:

ULaw Moorgate — with Linklaters, Ropes & Gray and Ashurst

Aspiring lawyers need not fear: trainee work isn’t going to be wholly consumed by robots — yet, according to Braeden Donnelly, a corporate senior associate at Ashurst, who reassured the 120-strong crowd.

ULaw Manchester — with BLP, Pinsent Masons, Fletchers and Exchange Chambers

At what is increasingly recognised as the UK’s second most important legal centre, BLP real estate partner Damian Fleming encouraged the audience of over 80 students to explore the fantastic opportunities beyond London, in Manchester and the other regional powerhouses.

ULaw Birmingham — with Pinsent Masons, Irwin Mitchell and St Philips Chambers

Open and frank discussion were the themes of the evening, with the panellists sharing plenty of personal anecdotes. Working in law? It’s nothing like Suits, quipped St Philips barrister Joel Wallace, who referred to his year studying for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) as “GDhell”!

Legal Cheek Live is now heading to Leeds!

The Leeds session, on the evening of Wednesday 28 March at ULaw’s Leeds campus, features a panel of leading lawyers from Pinsent Masons, Irwin Mitchell, Womble Bond Dickinson, Exchange Chambers and ULaw.

Sharing the secrets of their success will be Pinsent Masons Leeds office head Jacqui Timmins, alongside: Irwin Mitchell commercial litigation associate Stephen Murphy, Exchange Chambers commercial pupil barrister Harriet Hartshorn, and the dean of ULaw Leeds, Tom Macdonald. Trainees from Womble Bond Dickinson will also be in attendance.

Following the speakers’ talks students, have the opportunity to question the panel in a Question Time-style discussion. Afterwards, there’ll be drinks and networking with the speakers and a collection of the firms’ trainees and members of their graduate recruitment teams.

Apply to attend the session. You’ll be asked to submit a CV and two questions for the panel. Please note that the details of those offered places will be shared with the organisations represented at the event.

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