30 Nov 2018


Our one-day conference is for talented students (law and non-law) who want to learn more about how to build a successful career as a solicitor in a prestigious firm.


Registration and breakfast refreshments

Please head to the conference room at 09.30. A topic is displayed on the main screen for you to discuss with the delegates at your table/the delegates sitting around you.




Keynote speaker

Ruchit Patel – Ropes & Gray International LLP

Ruchit is an antitrust partner in the firm’s London office. He advises some of the largest companies in the world on matters before the European Commission, UK Competition and Markets Authority, UK sectoral regulators and UK High Court. He also has litigation experience before the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal.


Question Time: The law firm as a business

Our panel of top law firm partners will address the key issues affecting firms in 2018. This session will help delegates understand how firms operate as businesses and the role they will play as trainees. The panel will answer questions from the audience.

  • Baker McKenzie – David Scott, partner, corporate
  • Charles Russell Speechlys – Rupa Lakha, partner, construction, engineering & projects
  • Howard Kennedy LLP – Vernon Dennis, training principal, business recovery and reconstruction
  • Vinson & Elkins RLLP – Andrew Nealon, partner, energy transactions & projects

Networking and refreshments

Your opportunity to speak with the firm representatives and your fellow delegates.


Firm-led workshops

  • Baker McKenzie – International M&A – Westminster
  • Charles Russell Speechlys LLP – Private wealth – County 1
  • Kirkland & Ellis International LLP – Debt finance – Thames 1
  • Ropes & Gray International LLP – Negotiating commercial contracts – Thames 2
  • Sidley Austin LLP – Tax and funds – County 2

Networking lunch

Please note that lunch is served standing. This is your opportunity to speak to firm representatives.


Firm-led workshops

  • Cooley (UK) LLP – Life cycle of a company – County 2
  • Howard Kennedy – Putting the fizz into residential development – Thames 2
  • RPC – Technology and cyber risk – Westminster
  • Vinson & Elkins RLLP – Commercial awareness – County 1
  • Watson Farley & Williams LLP – Anatomy of an asset finance transaction – Thames 1

Networking and refreshments

Your final opportunity to speak with the firm representatives and your fellow delegates.


Question Time: Key advice for applicants

Our panel of recruiting experts will provide detailed guidance on what makes a good applicant, how to prepare and present a successful application form, and how to excel during a vacation scheme or training contract interview. Again, audience participation is encouraged.

  • Nottingham Law School – Paula Moffatt, director of external engagement
  • RPC – Chloe Rowan, people executive
  • Sidley Austin LLP – Nicole Katz, human resources manager
  • Watson Farley & Williams LLP – Lucie Rees, graduate recruitment and development manager


Think you’ve got what it takes?

Gain insight into the career path at a variety of prestigious firms that could help you to secure a vacation scheme place or training contract in 2019.

Apply now