The Legal Cheek Summer 2021 Virtual Vacation Scheme

This scheme has finished. Please see The Legal Cheek Winter 2021 Virtual Vacation Scheme, which takes place 13-17 December 2021.

The Legal Cheek Summer Virtual Vacation Scheme, run in partnership with The University of Law (ULaw), takes place from 12-16 July 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.

Sponsors

In partnership with

Speakers

Robert Byk

Partner at Slaughter and May

Suzy Vickers

UK Market Counsel at American Express

Sarah Bond

Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Caroline Carter

Moorgate Campus Dean at ULaw

Prabhgat Singal

NQ and former trainee at Accutrainee

Henry Raine

Managing Director at Promontory Financial Group, an IBM company

David Lowe

Partner at Gowling WLG

Sebina Auckburally

Senior Associate at Gowling WLG

Jocelyn Paulley

Partner at Gowling WLG

Dominic Richardson

Legal director at Gowling WLG

Susan Cooper

Founder and CEO of Accutrainee

Rebecca Murray

Barrister at Devereux Chambers

Elizabeth Baek

Associate at Ropes & Gray

Dan Kayne

General Counsel (Routes) at Network Rail

Katie Barker

Associate at Skadden

Harry Mellor

Client development manager at Flex Legal

Rebecca Campbell

Partner at BCLP

Kambiz Larizadeh

Partner at Akin Gump

Frederico Singarajah

Barrister at Gatehouse Chambers

Lucy Charatan

Associate at CMS

Russell Hoare

Partner at CMS

Julia Salasky

CEO at Legl

Rebecca Chui

Associate at Osborne Clarke

Jack Shepherd

Legal practice lead at iManage

Patrick Grant

Project director for legal tech and innovation at ULaw

Natalie Salunke

Head of legal at RVU

Schedule

Monday 12 July

9:00-9:15

Welcome — with the Legal Cheek and ULaw teams

Speakers

• Caroline Carter, Moorgate campus dean at ULaw

9:15-10:15

Understanding the world in 2021 — with Slaughter and May

Format

Presentation

Speakers

• Robert Byk, partner at Slaughter and May

14:00-15:00

How the commercial legal market works: in-house and private practice — with Accutrainee, American Express and Promontory Financial Group

Format

Workshop (with case study exercise)

Speakers

• Susan Cooper, founder and CEO of Accutrainee
• Suzy Vickers, UK Market Counsel at American Express
• Prabhgat Singal, NQ and former trainee at Accutrainee
• Henry Raine, Managing Director at Promontory Financial Group

18:00-19:00

Welcome drinks and networking

Format

Social

Tuesday 13 July

10:00-11:00

Smart cities — with Gowling WLG

Format

Presentation

Speakers

• David Lowe, partner at Gowling WLG
• Sebina Auckburally, senior associate at Gowling WLG
• Jocelyn Paulley, partner at Gowling WLG
• Dominic Richardson, legal director at Gowling WLG

14:00-15:00

What the G7’s global corporation tax plan means for the world economy — with Freshfields and Devereux

Format

Workshop (with case study exercise)

Speakers

• Sarah Bond, partner at Freshfields
• Rebecca Murray, barrister at Devereux Chambers

Wednesday 14 July

10:00-11:00

Finance and capital markets — with Ropes & Gray

Format

Workshop (with case study exercise)

Speakers

• Elizabeth Baek, associate at Ropes & Gray

14:00-16:15

Employability expo

Format

Expo

Thursday 15 July

10:00-11:00

Business skills for lawyers of the future — with The O-Shaped Lawyer

Format

Workshop (with case study exercise)

Speakers

• Dan Kayne, general counsel (routes) at Network Rail
• Katie Barker, associate at Skadden
• Harry Mellor, client development manager at Flex Legal
• Natalie Salunke, head of legal at RVU

14:00-15:00

Litigation & arbitration — with Akin Gump, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and Gatehouse Chambers

Format

Workshop

Speakers

• Kambiz Larizadeh, partner at Akin Gump
• Rebecca Campbell, partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
• Frederico Singarajah, barrister at Gatehouse Chambers

Friday 16 July

10:00-11:00

Competition law after Brexit — with CMS

Format

Presentation

Speakers

• Russell Hoare, partner at CMS
• Lucy Charatan, associate at CMS

14:00-15:00

Technology and the legal profession of tomorrow — with iManage, Legl/CrowdJustice, Osborne Clarke and ULaw

Format

Workshop (with case study exercise)

Speakers

• Jack Shepherd, legal practice lead at iManage
• Julia Salasky, CEO at Legl
• Rebecca Chui, associate at Osborne Clarke
• Patrick Grant, project director for legal tech and innovation at ULaw

18:00-19:00

Farewell drinks — with ULaw future trainees and the Legal Cheek team

Format

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.