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The Legal Cheek Winter Virtual Vacation Scheme 2021

The Legal Cheek Winter Virtual Vacation Scheme, run in partnership with The University of Law (ULaw), takes place from Monday 13 December until Friday 17 December 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 students 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 for the Winter Virtual Vacation Scheme are now closed but you can apply now to attend the Spring Virtual Vacation Scheme taking place from Monday 4 April until Wednesday 6 April 2022.


In partnership with


Will Normand

Partner at Travers Smith

Aishah Hussain

Features Editor at Legal Cheek

Andrew Scott

Barrister at Blackstone Chambers

Jane Park-Weir

Partner at Osborne Clarke

Charlotte Brunsdon

Senior Associate at Ropes & Gray

Peter Crisp

Deputy Vice Chancellor (law) at ULaw

Marcus Pearl

Partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Peter Lewin

Senior Associate at Wiggin

Isabel Davies

Associate at Wiggin

Zum Mohammed

Senior Associate at Gateley

Nick Rogers

Tutor at ULaw

Hannah Newhall

Trainee Solicitor at Gateley

Neil Devaney

Partner at Weil Gotshal & Manges

Jonathan Woods

Associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges

Asha Phakey

Trainee Associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges

Charles Whitney

Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright

Lisa Somervail

Senior Associate at Clyde & Co

Daniel Hemming

Partner at RPC

Christina Tolvas-Vincent

Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson

Jonathan Titmuss

Barrister at Gatehouse Chambers

Tom Connelly

Editor at Legal Cheek

Joe Cohen

Innovation Lead at Dentons

Christopher Tart-Roberts

Head of Lawtech at Macfarlanes

Patrick Grant

Project Director for Legal Tech and Innovation at ULaw


Monday 13 December




• Peter Crisp, deputy vice chancellor (law) at ULaw
• Tom Connelly, editor at Legal Cheek
• Aishah Hussain, features editor at Legal Cheek


Commercial awareness overview: what's on the horizon for 2022?


• Will Normand, partner at Travers Smith
• Andrew Scott, barrister at Blackstone Chambers


Understanding the corporate legal market (with case study exercise)


• Jane Park-Weir, partner at Osborne Clarke
• Charlotte Brunsdon, senior associate at Ropes & Gray


Welcome drinks and networking with the ULaw future trainees and the Legal Cheek team

Tuesday 14 December


Fintech and the law


• Marcus Pearl, partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner


Videogames and digital media


• Peter Lewin, senior associate at Wiggin
• Isabel Davies, associate at Wiggin

Wednesday 15 December


Law firms listed on the stock market (with case study exercise)


• Zum Mohammed, senior associate at Gateley
• Hannah Newhall, trainee solicitor at Gateley
• Rod Waldie, CEO of Gateley
• Nick Rogers, tutor at ULaw


Employability Expo


The University of Law

Thursday 16 December


Restructuring and insolvency


• Neil Devaney, partner at Weil Gotshal & Manges
• Jonathan Woods, associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges
• Asha Phakey, trainee associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges


From fossil fuels to green: the transforming energy sector (with case study exercise)


• Charles Whitney, partner at Norton Rose Fulbright

Friday 17 December


Life as a dispute resolution lawyer


• Lisa Somervail, senior associate at Clyde & Co
• Jonathan Titmuss, barrister at Gatehouse Chambers
• Daniel Hemming, partner at RPC
• Christina Tolvas-Vincent, partner at Womble Bond Dickinson


Understanding legal tech (with case study exercise)


• Joe Cohen, innovation lead at Dentons
• Christopher Tart-Roberts, head of Lawtech at Macfarlanes
• Patrick Grant, project director for legal tech and innovation at ULaw


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

How it works

All sessions take place virtually via the Hopin platform. Some are view-only with students able to interact via the chat; in others students are encouraged to interact by sharing their audio and video.

Case study exercises are set by ULaw, with model answers supplied at the end of the Scheme.

You are encouraged to attend all sessions but we appreciate you may have some other commitments to balance. Students who attend all of the sessions receive a certificate at the end of the Scheme.