The Legal Cheek Spring 2021 Virtual Vacation Scheme

THE SCHEME IS FULLY BOOKED. APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED.

The Legal Cheek Spring Virtual Vacation Scheme, run in partnership with The University of Law (ULaw), takes place from Monday 12 April until Friday 16 April 2021. It features a series of short talks, workshops and Q&As with lawyers from leading firms, corresponding written exercises set by ULaw, as well as an Employability Expo and various socials.

The Scheme is open to all students. Its aim is to help those whose employability preparations have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic gain insights into life as a lawyer across a range of practice areas. The Scheme is not part of the participating firms’ recruitment processes. Applications are now open.

Sponsors

In partnership with

Speakers

Laura Smyth

Senior associate at Travers Smith

Isabella Kelly

Associate at Allen & Overy

Ronald Hendrikx

Partner at Bird & Bird

Chris Fowler

General counsel technology at BT

Lee Bacon

Partner at Clyde & Co

Chander Agnihotri

Senior Associate at Clyde & Co

James McDevitt

Associate at Clyde & Co

Gavin Gordon

Partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Jennifer Tait

Partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Francesca Liebling

Consultant at Pinsent Masons

Remi Reichhold

Barrister at 5 Essex Court

Neil Campbell

Managing legal counsel at RBS

Natalie Salunke

Head of legal at NatWest

Nick Pincott

Partner at TLT

Simon Courie

Partner at TLT

Stephen Rigby

Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright

Andrew Davies

Senior associate at Norton Rose Fulbright

David Burgess

Head of production clearance EMEA at Netflix

Terry Prempeh

Trainee solicitor at Reed Smith

Tiffany McGetrick

Trainee solicitor at the BBC

Siobhan Taylor-Ward

Solicitor at Vauxhall Community Law Centre

Rebecca Kingi

Senior policy manager at Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX)

Tara Mulcair

Solicitor at Birnberg Peirce

Schedule

Monday 12 April

9:30-10:00

Welcome

10:00-11:00

The New Normal

Format

Presentation -- with Allen & Overy and Travers Smith

Speakers

• Laura Smyth, senior associate at Travers Smith
• Isabella Kelly, associate at Allen & Overy

Topics

Commercial awareness, ESG (Environmental, social and governance).

14:00-15:00

Understanding the commercial legal market

Format

Workshop (with case study exercise) -- with BT and Bird & Bird

Speakers

• Ronald Hendrikx, partner at Bird & Bird
• Chris Fowler, general counsel technology at BT

Topics

Legal services market, relationship between private practice and in-house

18:00-19:00

Welcome drinks and networking

Format

Networking and social

Tuesday 13 April

10:00-11:00

Technology and the law: smart contracts and cryptocurrencies

Format

Workshop (with case study exercise) -- with Clyde & Co

Speakers

• Lee Bacon, partner at Clyde & Co
• Georgia Amos, associate at Clyde & Co
• Chander Agnihotri, senior associate at Clyde & Co
• James McDevitt, associate at Clyde & Co
• Anna Elmirzayeva, national lead for technology at ULaw

14:00-15:00

The markets in 2021: SPACS, meme stocks and central banks

Format

Presentation

Speakers

• Gavin Gordon, partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher
• Jennifer Tait, partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Wednesday 14 April

10:00-11:00

Life as a litigator: Contentious practice areas

Format

Workshop (with case study exercise) -- with Pinsent Masons, Fletchers and 5 Essex Court

Speakers

• Francesca Liebling, consultant at Pinsent Masons
• Charlotte Mackulin, senior solicitor at Fletchers
• Remi Reichhold, barrister at 5 Essex Court

14:00-16:00

Employability Expo

Format

Expo -- with The University of Law

Thursday 15 April

10:00-11:00

The trainee of the 2020s

Format

Skills session (with case study exercise)-- with LexisNexis and The O-Shaped Lawyer

Speakers

• Neil Campbell, managing legal counsel at NatWest
• Natalie Salunke, head of legal at RVU
• Lauren Crisp, leads academic research training at LexisNexis
• Alex Mason, tutor at ULaw and former solicitor at Hill Dickinson

14:00-15:00

The Tesla economy: green energy and infrastructure

Format

Presentation -- with Norton Rose Fulbright and TLT

Speakers

• Nick Pincott, partner at TLT
• Simon Courie, partner at TLT
• Stephen Rigby, partner at Norton Rose Fulbright
• Andrew Davies, senior associate at Norton Rose Fulbright

Friday 16 April

10:00-11:00

Digital media and the law

Format

Workshop -- with the BBC, Netflix and Reed Smith

Speakers

• David Burgess, head of production clearance EMEA at Netflix
• Simon Armitage, head of BLA, EMEA, Global Distribution at BBC Studios
• Tiffany McGetrick, trainee solicitor at the BBC
• Terry Prempeh, trainee solicitor at Reed Smith

14:00-15:00

Life as a legal aid lawyer

Format

Presentation -- with the Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL)

Speakers

• Siobhan Taylor-Ward, solicitor at Vauxhall Community Law Centre
• Rebecca Kingi, senior policy manager at Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX)
• Tara Mulcair, solicitor at Birnberg Peirce

18:00-19:00

Farewell drinks with the ULaw and Legal Cheek teams

Format

Networking and social

How it works

All sessions take place virtually via the Hopin platform.

Workshops, talks and Q&As run as ‘Sessions’, with students able to comment and ask written questions in the livechat. Exercises are set by ULaw, with answers supplied at the end of the Scheme.

Social events and the Employability Expo run in a series of virtual booths, which allow students to join interactive video chats.