The Legal Cheek Winter Virtual Vacation Scheme 2020

THIS SCHEME HAS FINISHED. PLEASE SEE THE LEGAL CHEEK SPRING 2021 VIRTUAL VACATION SCHEME.

The Legal Cheek Winter Virtual Vacation Scheme, run in partnership with The University of Law (ULaw), takes place from Monday 14 December until Wednesday 16 December 2020. 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.

THE SCHEME IS FULLY BOOKED

Sponsors

In partnership with

Speakers

John Watkins

Director of Employability at The University of Law

Chris Hutton

Partner at Hogan Lovells

Natalie Salunke

Head of Legal at RVU

James Tanner

Senior Associate at Baker McKenzie

Stephanie Daaboul

Associate (Corporate) at Latham & Watkins

Ashley Wright

Associate (Debt Finance) at Ropes & Gray

Jack Shepherd

Legal AI Practice Lead at iManage

Robert Byk

Partner at Slaughter and May

Anna Elmirzayeva

National Lead for Legal Technology and Innovation, Professional Development at The University of Law

Amber Oldershaw

Associate at RPC

Elizabeth Marshall

Senior Associate (Employment) at Dentons

Claire Livingstone

Senior Associate at Wiggin

Clive Gringras

Partner and Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications at CMS

Peter Feehan

Partner (Energy) at Pinsent Masons

Chris Towner

Partner (Energy and Utilities) at Womble Bond Dickinson

Navdeep Benning

Partner (Global Loans) at Ashurst

Usman Roohani

Barrister at Hardwicke

Emma Lambourne

Solicitor (Medical Negligence) at Irwin Mitchell

The final batch of speakers will be announced later this week.

Schedule

Monday 14 December

9:30-10:00

Welcome

10:00-11:00

The world that emerges after the vaccine

Format

Presentation

Speakers

• Chris Hutton, partner (global regulatory group), Hogan Lovells
• Natalie Salunke, head of legal, RVU

14:00-15:15

Understanding corporate finance

Format

Workshop, with case study exercise

Speakers

• Navdeep Benning, partner (global loans), Ashurst
• James Tanner, senior associate (capital markets), Baker McKenzie
• Stephanie Daaboul, associate (private equity), Latham & Watkins
• Ashley Wright, associate (debt finance), Ropes & Gray

18:00-19:00

Quiz, welcome drinks and networking

Tuesday 15 December

10:00-11:00

Technology and the law

Format

Presentation, with case study exercise

Speakers

• Jack Shepherd, iManage RAVN
• Anna Elmirzayeva, national lead for legal technology and innovation, professional development, The University of Law
• Robert Byk, partner, Slaughter and May


14:00-15:00

Disputes

Format

Workshop

Speakers

• Emma Lambourne, solicitor (medical negligence), Irwin Mitchell
• Amber Oldershaw, associate (professional and financial negligence), RPC
• Elizabeth Marshall, senior associate (employment law: people, reward and mobility), Dentons
• Usman Roohani, barrister, Hardwicke

16:00-17:00

Intellectual property and the new economy

Format

Workshop

Speakers

• Claire Livingstone, senior associate (digital entertainment), Wiggin
• Clive Gringas, partner (technology, media & telecommunications), CMS

Wednesday 16 December

10:00-11:00

The energy and infrastructure revolution of the 2020s

Format

Workshop, with case study exercise

Speakers

• Peter Feehan, partner (clean energy), Pinsent Masons
• Chris Towner, partner (energy and utilities), Womble Bond Dickinson

14:00-16:00

Employability Expo

Format

Mini-workshops and interactive rooms

Speakers

The ULaw Employability Team

18:00-19:00

Farewell drinks, with DJ

Speakers

• DJ Adam, Legal Cheek

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.