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Commercial Awareness

Commercial awareness is important. Ridiculously important. Insanely important. The problem is that many people don’t really know what it is, or how to apply it. So here’s your commercial awareness guide.

How to improve commercial awareness By Jack Denton, Co-founder & Director, AllAboutLaw

This article is aimed at students who have very little understanding of what firms want when they seek “commercially aware” candidates... What is commercial awareness? In this day and age you will have no doubt noticed that what many employers...

What is commercial awareness? By Paul Harris, Co-founder & Director, AllAboutLaw

Commercial awareness can be simply defined as staying up-to-date on daily happenings and developments in the business and commercial world. A significant portion of law today revolves around business and commerce in the marketplace, between...

How to apply commercial awareness: the trainee’s perspective By Chris Whitehouse, Trainee Solicitor, RPC

If you Google "commercial awareness" you'll find over 40,000,000 search results. A quick perusal of some of the hits shows that commercial awareness seems to involve: An understanding and interest in business generally; Comprehension of the...

Commercial awareness: what do firms expect? By an anonymous law graduate recruiter

UCAS defines commercial awareness as: “the business benefits and commercial realities from both the organisation's and the customer's perspectives". A looser but perhaps more relevant definition is a candidate that is "switched on". How do I...

Developing commercial awareness at university By Peter Coe, Senior Lecturer in Law, Buckinghamshire New University and Barrister and Door Tenant, East Anglian Chambers

What is commercial awareness? Few would argue that the world is not becoming more commercially focussed and driven by economic efficiency. As a Senior Lecturer in Law, and a barrister, I am constantly being told by lawyers and clients that...

Why is commercial awareness important? By Billy Sexton, Editor,

Commercial awareness. The two magic words that law firms, lecturers, your fellow students and even the lovely people at bang on about all the time. We’re just trying to be helpful, believe it or not. So what do you know about...

Using social media to become commercially aware By Billy Sexton, Editor,

Commercial awareness is a buzzword you’re going to hear all the bloomin’ time when you’re applying for vacation schemes and training contracts. Law firms, your lecturers and even the team at are going to be telling you that you...

Five aspects of commercial awareness law firms expect by Charlotte Harrison, author of From Student to Solicitor: the Complete Guide to Securing a Training Contract

If you had a pound for everybody that told you there isn’t a “concrete definition” of commercial awareness, or that commercial awareness “means different things for different law firms”, you would have a trainee solicitor’s salary within a...

The importance of commercial awareness: in conversation with Bond Dickinson by Jack J Collins, Editor of

When applying for training contracts and vacation schemes, you need to think about more than just academic results.  We spoke to Joanne Smallwood, Graduate Recruitment Specialist at Bond Dickinson, about the importance of commercial awareness...


  • Training Contract 2018/2019

    Foot Anstey
    Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton and Truro
    Deadline: 01/06/2017

  • Trainee Solicitor

    Berwin Leighton Paisner
    First year trainee - £40,000 Second year trainee - £45,000, NQ - £66,0000
    Deadline: 30/07/2017

  • Training Contract 2019

    Kennedys Law LLP
    Birmingham, Chelmsford, London, Manchester
    Deadline: 31/12/2017


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