Manchester Speakers

Learn from those who have already succeeded; senior legal practitioners,
experienced recruiters and other leading industry figures. Our speakers will be confirmed shortly.

Matthew Broadbent

Matthew Broadbent

Moderator, Business development director, LawCareersNetLIVE

Matthew is the business development director of LawCareers.Net and The LawCareers.Net Handbook. He has been in legal publishing for over two decades and knows exactly what makes the world of graduate recruitment spin, speaking regularly to students and recruiters about careers in law.

Simon Hancock

Simon Hancock

Panellist, Partner, Osborne Clarke LLP

Simon regularly advises the public and private sectors on major projects, infrastructure and outsourcing procurements. Simon has advised sponsors, funders and sub-contractors across a number of primary PPP/PFIS in the health, education and university, social justice, energy and waste, and transport sectors.

Debra Cooper

Debra Cooper

Panellist, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP

Debra Cooper is based in Squire Patton Boggs’ Manchester office and specialises in advising banks and borrowers on real estate finance matters. Debra also has experience of advising clients on acquisition finance transactions and general corporate lending on both bilateral and syndicated transactions and she is also regularly instructed on cross border transactions. Debra acts for all of the mainstream UK clearing banks plus a number of other borrower clients.

Joanne Smallwood

Joanne Smallwood

Panellist, Graduate recruitment specialist, Womble Bond Dickinson

Joanne joined the firm in 2010. As a graduate recruitment specialist, she is responsible for the graduate recruitment and selection process from application through to the offer of training contract and maintaining contact with future trainees.

Samantha Hope

Samantha Hope

Panellist, Graduate recruitment manager, Shoosmiths

Samantha is Shoosmiths’ Graduate Recruitment Manager based in Milton Keynes. She recruits and develops trainee solicitors, coordinating the summer vacation placements and training contracts across the firm’s 10 office locations from Southampton to Edinburgh. Samantha possesses an in-depth knowledge and interest in the use of digital media in recruitment and marketing, and manages events both on campus, in-house, and digitally to develop and assess skills of future talent.

Keely McGuigan

Keely McGuigan

Panellist, Emerging talent specialist, BLM

Keely is the emerging talent specialist at BLM. She joined the firm in September 2015 and is based in the Manchester office.

Jonathan Patterson

Jonathan Patterson

Panellist, Managing director & head of development - DWF ventures (connected services), DWF LLP

Jonathan is responsible for generating new ideas, delivering R&D priorities and supporting early growth services. In a rapidly changing legal market his major focus is working with clients to develop new products and services that combine specialist legal expertise with emerging technology, resourcing models and processes.

Caroline Bush

Caroline Bush

Workshop leader, senior associate, Osborne Clarke LLP

Caroline is a senior associate in the projects team. She works for clients across a number of sectors, including renewables, energy, environmental, commercial, retail, residential and industrial developments. Her typical work includes providing regulatory and environmental advice to clients working in the energy and utilities sector, or advising in relation to the construction and operation of renewables assets and commercial buildings. She joined Osborne Clarke as a trainee in 2012 and qualified as an associate in 2014.

Lisa Tye

Lisa Tye

Workshop leader, Partner, Shoosmiths

Lisa is a planning lawyer with extensive experience of advising on a wide range of planning, highways and CPO matters including drafting and negotiating complex Section 106 agreements, advice on planning strategy, judicial review, footpath/highway closures, infrastructure agreements and village green issues. She has acted for a mix of public and private clients, including the North West Development Agency, Ainscough Strategic Land, Ask Developments, United Utilities, Tesco and the Co-operative Group.

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