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Student event: How tech is changing finance, retail and the law — with Womble Bond Dickinson in Southampton

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6pm on Thursday 7 February; open to all students

The finance and retail sectors have been among the most affected by the technological disruption that is sweeping the globe. New hybrid industries, such as fintech and e-commerce, that have sprung up as a result are ripe with opportunities — not least for lawyers, whose skills are always in demand at times of societal change.

On the evening of Thursday 7 February Legal Cheek is partnering with transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson for a commercial awareness and careers discussion about how tech is changing finance and retail.

The event takes place at the firm’s Southampton office, which has longstanding strengths in these sectors with a client base in the south of England, London and internationally through the firm’s network of 26 offices.

It commences from 6pm with a panel discussion, chaired by a Legal Cheek journalist, featuring lawyers from the firm who specialise across these practice areas. They will discuss their experiences of advising finance and retail clients over recent years — particularly in relation to applying new tech-led business models to existing law — and take questions on the wider challenges they have faced as well as the opportunities that are presenting themselves. The speakers will consider, too, the effect of technology on the legal profession itself, and how lawtech is changing the way that lawyers work.

Finally, they will share insights about their own career journeys and offer advice to those seeking to pursue a similar path, ahead of the firm’s training contract application deadline at the end of February. APPLY TO ATTEND

The speakers

Alistair Walton

Partner, Operational Property

Alistair specialises in advising retailers and corporate occupiers on the management of their operational portfolios.

Imogen Armstrong

Solicitor, Commercial

Imogen trained with Womble Bond Dickinson before qualifying into the commercial team in March 2018. Her role focusses on IT and technology specific contracts.

Katherine Crowley

Practice Development Manager

Katherine is the chair of Womble Bond Dickinson’s firm-wide Kira Steering Group Chair.

After the discussion there will be networking, drinks and nibbles with the speakers, Womble Bond Dickinson trainees and members of the firm’s graduate recruitment team.

Apply to attend here. You’ll be asked to submit a CV and two questions for the panel.

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