07 Dec 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


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.

  • DWF LLP – Jonathan Patterson, managing director & head of development – DWF Ventures (connected services)
  • Osborne Clarke LLP – Simon Hancock, partner
  • Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP – Debra Cooper, partner, financial services

Networking and refreshments

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


Firm-led workshops

  • BLM – Catastrophic injury – Survey
  • DWF LLP – Banking – Panorama
  • Osborne Clarke LLP – Environmental law – View
  • Shoosmiths – Real estate: the heart of every business – Outlook

Networking lunch

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


Firm-led workshops

  • CMS – Real estate – Panorama
  • Gowling WLG (UK) LLP – Autonomous vehicles and the law – Outlook
  • Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP – International M&A – View
  • Womble Bond Dickinson – Myth, theory and the psychology of innovative thinking –  Survey

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.

  • BLM – Keely McGuigan, emerging talent specialist
  • Nottingham Law School – Jane Wood, course leader and principal lecturer
  • Shoosmiths – Samantha Hope, graduate recruitment manager
  • Womble Bond Dickinson – Joanne Smallwood, graduate recruitment specialist


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