Digital Campus Presentations

We have an outstanding agenda of events running throughout the academic year, featuring speakers from some of the top law firms and law schools in the UK.

Wednesday 22nd September

Featured sessions

15:00-16:00

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Should I do the SQE or the GDL/LPC?

We're in a period of transition between two routes to qualification, so which option should you take right now? The University of Law is on hand to help you make this key decision.

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17:00-18:00

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Life sciences & Healthcare | Utilising big data in healthcare: creating a healthier society

Emerging technologies in healthcare from FitBit to Babylon allows life sciences and healthcare organisations to analyse vast quantities of data unlike ever before. This is allowing treatment to become more specialised to individual needs and more effective than previous treatments. Yet it goes without saying that advances in the use and analysis of patient data doesn’t come without challenges.

The pharmaceutical industry is the one of the heaviest regulated sectors and it’s the role of the life sciences and healthcare lawyer to ensure that their clients are upholding regulatory standards, whilst working to create a healthier society.

Join AllAboutLaw on 22nd September 2021 for a panel discussion with experts in the field and learn more about this rapidly changing industry.

Thursday 23rd September

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12:00-13:00

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Shoosmiths Trainee Takeover

Three current trainees will explain what attracted them to the firm and will then be on hand to answer your questions about what training at Shoosmiths is really like. 

Friday 24th September

Featured sessions

14:00-15:00

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Challenges of Becoming a Junior Lawyer

A career in the law can be incredibly rewarding, but it comes with its challenges. Join Oliver Haddock as he gives an insight into the reality of life at a City law firm. The talk aims to give you the tools to thrive in a challenging environment.

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Monday 27th September

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15:00-16:00

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How to plan your legal career

An interactive workshop with John Watkins, Director of Employability at the University of Law, which focuses on planning your legal career and the steps you need to take.

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Tuesday 28th September

17:00-18:00

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The Litigation Boom

The potent cocktail of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a huge rise in litigation. Financial services organisations may look to argue that their contractual obligations are void due to disruptions to the markets caused by Brexit.

Additionally, the impending end of the furlough scheme could cause a rise in redundancies, and with it a rise in employment litigation. Where there is uncertainty and change there is also opportunity for litigation specialists; has there ever been a better time to be a litigation lawyer?

On 28th September 2021, AllAboutLaw will speak with leading litigation experts to assess the marketplace and provide tips to students who are seeking a career as a litigator.

Wednesday 29th September

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17:00-18:00

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Energy & Utilities | Teaching an old dog new tricks: oil companies and renewable energy

The continuing growth and demand of renewable energy sources has seen oil companies invest heavily in battery technologies, electric powered transport and renewable energy. There’s a lot to gain in the coming years in this sector, particularly demand for fuel declining rapidly since COVID-19 shut borders and limited travel.

There is undoubtedly a short, medium and long term strategy behind this investment, and there are not many better placed organisations than the law firms that advise the energy and utilities sector.

On 29th September, join AllAboutLaw and leading energy and utilities lawyers to discover what the future holds for energy, and how the role of the lawyer in this sector has, and will continue to, change.

Thursday 30th September

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15:00-16:00

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Nailing the Application Process

Hear from the BCLP Graduate Recruitment team as they take you through their application process, breaking it down and providing you with some handy hints and tips to ensure success in securing a training contract!

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17:00-18:00

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Medical Negligence | Who is ultimately responsible for negligence during a global pandemic?

There is no doubt that the NHS and other health services around the world responded incredibly to COVID-19. However, despite the world leading care, medical negligence cases related to the pandemic will undoubtedly arise, but who is ultimately responsible?

Countless factors could be at play in any hypothetical case: if oxygen supply is low, who is responsible? If a ventilator is not fitted correctly, who is responsible? If a patient has an operation or treatment delayed as a result of crowded hospitals and/or a shortage of staff, who is responsible? Individual health care workers, the NHS, suppliers and the government will all be under scrutiny in medical negligence claims.

Join AllAboutLaw on 30th September to meet with an expert panel of lawyers specialising in medical negligence, and find out what skills and qualities you need to forge a career in this field.

Friday 1st October

Monday 4th October

17:00-18:00

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Insurance Insight with RPC

At RPC, our business isn’t just about black letter law; it’s about building open relationships with our clients to help them get the most out of our business. We genuinely care about the work that we do. Whether it’s a complex insurance claim, large-scale global dispute, business-critical commercial advice or transactional support, our clients really trust us. In this interactive session with some of our lawyers you will learn about the world of Insurance law and how we provide our clients with the best commercial solutions. 

Tuesday 5th October

15:00-16:00

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Everything you need to know to apply for training contracts with US law firms

When you apply for training contracts, your applications need to be as tailored as possible. But you know this already. The problem is that too often applicants don't know enough about the differences between law firms to be able to do this well. 

In this presentation, we'll focus on helping you to really understand the differences between US firms and UK firms. 

This presentation will stay away from the generic information you've heard before. We're going to deliver a comprehensive presentation covering the following:

- The history of US law firms in London
- Why US law firms have been successful
- The structural differences between US and UK law firms
- The real reason lawyers at US firms are paid more
- Law firm metrics you should pay attention to…and the ones you shouldn't
- Why partners leave UK firms for US firms
- Examples of excellently tailored training contract applications

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

Private Equity | Responsible investment: a unique opportunity

New outlooks of consumers has resulted in increased motivation and desire for businesses to do things differently. Whether this is on an environmental level through achieving net zero-carbon emissions, or on a social level through examination and remediation of gender pay gaps or diversity in the workforce, it’s clear that organisations should now espouse the values of their consumers and employees. For private equity firms, this presents a unique opportunity.

Companies with an effective and robust ESG strategy are now an even more attractive investment as it’s believed that these companies are better positioned to deal with any future crises - and as 2020 showed, they can arrive unexpectedly and have a devestating impact.

Private equity firms are in a unique position in that they can provide the funding required to organisations that can change the way the world works, be it renewable energy organisations or innovators that create sustainable infrastructure.

Wednesday 6th October

17:00-18:00

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The City after Brexit

With financial services notably not included within the Brexit deal, the UK and the EU published a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this year. Ultimately, though, whilst there will be equivalent decisions made by the UK and EU, the UK now has more scope to operate in a different manner. The ripple effect of Brexit will be felt in the short, medium and long-term.

Firstly, will the UK adopt the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), which is designed to regulate alternative investments that went uncheck prior to the 2008-09 global financial crisis? On the horizon, how will the UK and EU diverge on matters relating to sustainable finance and ESG disclosure obligations?

On 6th October, AllAboutLaw will host a panel of expert lawyers operating in the financial services sector to investigate the impact of Brexit on The City.

Thursday 7th October

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14:00-15:00

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Trainee Panel Q&A

Latham offers a training contract with real responsibility combined with supervision from market leading lawyers. If you are ambitious, with an entrepreneurial mind set, and want to start your legal career with real responsibility on global matters, then Latham & Watkins is the firm for you.

Please join the Q&A session to hear more from our current trainees.

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17:00-18:00

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Corporate Law | What the SPAC?: Everything you need to know about the SPAC frenzy

If COVID-19 was the buzzword of 2020, SPAC is the catchword of 2021. Special purpose acquisition vehicles or SPACs have dominated the financial press for the past 12 months. These alternatives to traditional IPOs have exploded – raising nearly $88 billion in Q1 2021.

But what exactly are SPACs? Are they just a fad or a bubble waiting to pop? And should governments relax or tighten regulation governing SPACs?

Join AllAboutLaw for a special SPAC panel discussion on 7th October 2021 featuring leading corporate lawyers who will help you get to grips with all things SPAC.

Friday 8th October

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12:00-13:00

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Questions to ask at Networking Events & the End of Interviews

Simranjeet Kaur Mann is a trainee solicitor at a UK Top 20 firm, Womble Bond Dickinson, having received three training contract offers after University. She has amassed a range of work experience, having completed three vacation schemes, undertaken three paralegal roles and briefly worked at a “Big 4” accounting firm. She’s passionate about increasing diversity across, and access to the legal profession, which has led to her offering regular guidance to aspiring solicitors via her Instagram page and her (light-hearted yet informational) YouTube channel. This session will be about how to interact at Networking Events and ask the right questions. This will link on nicely to questions to ask at the end of interviews.

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Monday 11th October

Tuesday 12th October

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15:00-16:00

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Junior Associate Q&A Panel

Latham offers a training contract with real responsibility combined with supervision from market leading lawyers. If you are ambitious, with an entrepreneurial mind set, and want to start your legal career with real responsibility on global matters, then Latham & Watkins is the firm for you.

Please join our newly qualified and junior associates to hear about their experience on the training contract, the qualification process and life as an associate.

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17:00-18:00

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Technology & Communications | The cloud, file sharing, fibre connectivity and secure remote access: how four trends are shaping the telecommunications industry

The pandemic accelerated trends and changes in the technology and telecommunications industry. As millions began to work from home, the importance of cloud computing, secure file sharing and storage, access to fibre broadband connectivity and secure access to servers from remote locations became even more pronounced.

As a result, businesses are now working differently, much sooner than they expected to. What does this mean for law firms, who handle and process sensitive commercial and legal information for their clients? And what are the effects for the telecommunications operators, who are supporting businesses, governments and education establishments in a period of rapid transition?

On 12th October 2021, AllAboutLaw will host a panel discussion with leading legal minds in the technology and communications industry to explore these topics and much more.

Wednesday 13th October

Featured sessions

15:00-16:00

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Submitting a leading application

Have your applications been unsuccessful in the past, but you don't know why? This session is designed to help you turn your applications into winners and give yourself the best chance of standing out from the crowd.

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17:00-18:00

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Media, Entertainment & Sport | Game over: the legal risks of VR and AR video games

Gaming is officially the most successful entertainment sector of the 21st century. And one area that has got everyone talking is virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) gaming.

Once thought to be the stuff of sci-fi movies, these new gaming experiences are quickly becoming a reality. But what are the legal implications of VR and AR gaming? What data protection, cybersecurity, and health and safety issues do they raise? And how can law firms best capitalise on this gaming trend?

On 13th October 2021, AllAboutLaw will host a panel discussion with leading lawyers in the areas of media, entertainment and sport to explore these topics and much more.

Thursday 14th October

Featured sessions

15:00-16:00

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Networking hints and tips

Hear from the BCLP Graduate Recruitment team as they take you through some handy hints on building a strong personal brand and networking with confidence!

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15:00-16:00

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Networking Hints & Tips

Hear from the BCLP Graduate Recruitment team as they take you through some handy hints on building a strong personal brand and networking with confidence!

Friday 15th October

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12:00-13:00

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From Paralegal to Trainee Solicitor: The Highs, the Lows and the Realities

This talk will delve into my journey to securing a training contract after being a paralegal for four years. I will share my own experiences of obtaining various paralegal roles and what I learned from training contract process that ultimately led to me securing two training contract offers. I want to share the highs, the lows and also the realities of securing a paralegal role and a training contract and what you can learn from these processes.

14:00-15:00

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The Magical In-house World

Once you are under the in-house spell, it’s hard to recover. The opportunities created through working in a business are so vast that they are wondrous, leaving you open to carve your own career path.

Thing is, the spell is hard to learn. The lack of information available on in-house results in a limited number of people casting it, especially early on in their law journey.

Do not fear! Together we can learn the ingredients of the potion together, allowing you to create a recipe that is perfect for you.

In this talk, we’ll discuss the in-house reality, how I crafted a pure in-house career and why the SQE is great news for aspiring in-housers.

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Monday 25th October

Tuesday 26th October

Featured sessions

12:00-13:00

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Introduction to Pro Bono

As one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono legal services, we believe that the unique ability and responsibility to advocate for equal justice and to provide representation to groups and individuals of limited means is intrinsic to the practice of law.

Each year, Latham lawyers and professional staff take on matters in nearly every area of public interest law, including anti-human trafficking, asylum and immigration, children’s rights, civil rights, criminal justice, domestic violence, Holocaust reparations, microfinance and social entrepreneurialism, prisoners’ rights, public benefits, veterans’ rights, and voting rights.

Please join this session to hear more about the firm’s commitment to pro bono work, and recent initiatives the firm has been involved with.

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17:00-18:00

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Life at a city law firm in 2021

Headquartered in London, the UK’s legal hub, city law firms offer exciting opportunities for aspiring solicitors. From international and client secondments, through to big-ticket deals and high-profile clients, life at a city law firm is anything but boring!

So, what is the DNA of a city law firm? How do they compete in an increasingly saturated market? And what does it take to bag one of those coveted training contracts?

On 26th October 2021, AllAboutLaw will host an expert panel discussion featuring lawyers from leading city law firms who will share their insights into life at a city firm and what it takes to succeed at one.

Wednesday 27th October

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17:00-18:00

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The National Law Firm in 2021

Life at a National Law Firm will typically involve commercial work, with the added advantages of a good salary, attractive benefits and a healthy work-life balance. The clientele of a National Law Firm will usually be made up of SMEs, national organisations and divisions of international conglomerates. But what is life like for a trainee in a National Law Firm?

What is the growth strategy for a National Law Firm, given that many wish to balance expansion with maintenance of their community roots? And how have National Law Firms been impacted by COVID-19 in economic terms?

Find out the answers to these questions and many more on 27th October 2021 as AllAboutLaw hosts an expert panel discussion with some of the UK’s leading National Law Firms.

Thursday 28th October

17:00-18:00

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Pro-bono | Doing the right thing: why pro bono work makes business sense

Clients increasingly expect their legal advisers to make a positive impact through their work. Engaging in pro bono work can be an effective way for law firms to give back to society and win new business. Doing the right thing makes business sense. But what does pro bono work involve? How can trainees get involved? And what exactly is the business case for pro bono work?

Find out the answer to all of these questions and learn more about pro bono work as AllAboutLaw hosts a panel discussion with leading law firms on 28th October 2021.

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Friday 29th October

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Monday 1st November

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12:00-13:00

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Innovation at BCLP

Hear from the BCLP Innovation team as to how we use Innovation to not only improve our client experience but also how it enables lawyers to work more efficiently.

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15:00-16:00

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Inclusion & Diversity at RPC

At RPC we take inclusion, diversity and engagement seriously. Our culture is built on values of trust and respect and as such we see Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) embedded in our firm's DNA. We have eight I&D 'Work Streams'. Not because we want to put people in boxes but because we feel that this is the natural place to start the conversation – with people who feel passionate and connected to a particular strand of I&D. But this is just the starting point as we recognise the value or a broader, intersectional approach. Currently our workstreams are gender, ethnicity, LGBT+, mental health, caring responsibilities, social mobility, faith and disability. Meet with our I&D team for an interactive session where you'll learn more about our approach at RPC.

Tuesday 2nd November

Thursday 4th November

Featured sessions

16:00-17:00

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Introduction to Arbitration Panel Q&A

Clients facing increasingly complex international disputes turn to Latham & Watkins for innovative strategies and seamless service to prepare for arbitration, resolve high-value issues, and advise on enforcement actions.

Join this session for an introduction to Arbitration in Latham's London office, as well as the firm's International Arbitration practice.

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17:00-18:00

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Retail & Consumer | Boom and bust: Has online shopping killed the high street store?

2020 was a historic year for the retail sector. Successive lockdowns decimated the high street with popular brands such as Top Shop, Debenhams, and Miss Selfridge shutting their physical doors forever. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Whilst physical shopping busted, online shopping boomed, hitting a 13-year high in 2020.

As lockdowns ease and footfall in physical stores picks up, the future of retail has never been less certain. Will online shopping be the new norm? Or will in-person shopping make a comeback? And what role do lawyers play in all of this? How can they best advise their clients in a turbulent sector?

Join AllAboutLaw on 4th November 2021 for an expert panel discussion featuring leading lawyers who advise clients in the retail and consumer sector.

Friday 5th November

12:00-13:00

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Resilience & Mental Health During Covid

Resilience is a skill many will feel they have developed during the pandemic. Here we focus on why resilience is important as a trainee/junior lawyer and how we have tried to support our employees through our Pennwell programme.

Monday 8th November

Tuesday 9th November

17:00-18:00

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Sector Sessions: Energy & Utilities

Join Michael Rudd, Co-Head of Energy & Utilities, for an introduction to Energy & Utilities at Bird & Bird. Learn more about the legal matters the firm's lawyers work on day-to-day, and the key commercial issues they encounter. 

Thursday 11th November

Featured sessions

12:00-13:00

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Dissecting a Deal

Hear from BCLP trainees as they take you through the various trainee tasks you may find yourself undertaking in a transactional, advisory and litigation seat!

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Monday 15th November

Tuesday 16th November

Featured sessions

15:00-16:00

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Introduction to Environment, Land & Resources

For more than 40 years, Latham & Watkins' Environment, Land & Resources lawyers have advised clients on complex regulatory, litigation and transactional matters stemming from cutting-edge environmental issues. Internationally recognized, Latham’s environmental lawyers are positioned to represent and counsel clients in global environmental matters including transactional, land use, and regulatory approvals, permitting, compliance, agency rulemaking and legislation, enforcement actions, and litigation.

In this session, we will provide an introduction to our Environment practice, with insight into work in the London office of Latham.

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17:00-18:00

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Environment | What the ESG?: getting to grips with the sustainability issues of today

ESG is one of the inescapable buzzwords of the corporate world. Both law firms and their clients are coming under increasing scrutiny for their ESG policies — or lack thereof. Get it wrong, and it can be bad news for business.

But how does a law firm advise clients on best practice when there are no global standards in place? What are the risks of advising clients in high-polluting sectors? And how does a firm hold itself accountable? Find out the answers to these questions and many more on 16th November 2021 as AllAboutLaw hosts an expert panel discussion with some of the UK’s leading lawyers advising clients on ESG.

Wednesday 17th November

12:00-13:00

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Sector Session: Life Sciences

An introduction to Life Sciences at Bird & Bird, with partner Sally Shorthose. Learn more about the legal matters the firm's lawyers work on day-to-day, and the key commercial issues they encounter in this ever-developing sector. 

17:00-18:00

Panel Discussion

Law firms as a business: redefining the law firm of the future

Gone are the days of black-letter-law firms. If law firms are to continue to thrive, they need to look beyond providing excellent legal advice. They need to offer exceptional commercial advice.

This means embracing legal tech, offering complementary non-legal services, and recruiting from a diverse pool of talent. But are law firms getting to grips with this need to change or are they stuck in their ways? Are they embracing legal tech or relying on traditional solutions? And are they keeping an eye on competitors outside the legal sector?

Discover the law firm of the future at the AllAboutLaw panel discussion on 17th November 2021 which will feature prominent lawyers from leading law firms.

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Thursday 18th November

17:00-18:00

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Real Estate & Infrastructure | The recovery: boom or bubble?

Stamp duty holidays, low interest rates, and higher-than-normal household savings – just some of the factors fueling the housing market in the UK. The average house price was up 8.9% over the year to April 2021. But is the recovery a boom or a bubble? Are we seeing the return of the real estate fiasco of the 2000s? And how are law firms coping with the surge in demand for real estate advice?

Find out the answer to all of these questions and more on 18th November 2021 when AllAboutLaw hosts an expert panel discussion on the trends in the real estate market in 2021.

Monday 22nd November

Featured sessions

17:00-18:00

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Inclusion & Diversity at BCLP

Hear from BCLP’s Inclusion and Diversity and Graduate Recruitment team as we discuss all things Inclusion and Diversity at BCLP with trainees.

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Tuesday 23rd November

12:00-13:00

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Life Sciences and the Law

A look at the work that Penningtons Manches Cooper does in the life sciences sector, focusing on the London, Oxford and Cambridge offices.

17:00-18:00

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Sector Session: Media, Entertainment and Sport

Join Phil Sherrell, Head of MES, for an introduction to Media, Entertainment and Sport at Bird & Bird. Learn more about the legal matters the firm's lawyers work on day-to-day and the key commercial issues they encounter. 

Wednesday 24th November

Featured sessions

15:00-16:00

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Diversity & Inclusion – Affinity Groups Panel Q&A

Our global affinity groups for lawyers provide a firm-wide platform to build community across the firm and partner with clients and others.
Please join this panel discussion to hear from lawyers in our London office about the different affinity groups (including our Women Lawyers Group, Black Lawyers Group, the

LGBTQ+ Lawyers Group, and the First Generation Professionals Lawyers Group), with information about recent activities and initiatives, and personal insights.

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Monday 29th November

Tuesday 30th November

Featured sessions

17:00-18:00

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Introduction to Banking

Clients from around the world come to Latham & Watkins’ Banking Practice for strategic, focused and efficient representation on their most significant financing transactions.
With lawyers based throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, Latham’s global Banking Practice is among the largest of any law firm. Latham’s banking lawyers represent commercial banks, investment banks, direct lenders, and other financial institutions in their capacities as agents, arrangers, and lenders, as well as corporate borrowers and private equity firms, in structuring and executing the most complex financings across industries and around the globe.

Please join this session for an introduction to Latham’s Banking Practice from lawyers in our London office.

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15:00-16:00

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Sustainability and the Law

A focus on the work we do with our clients in the sustainability sector and how we as a firm are trying to help combat climate change.

Thursday 2nd December

15:00-16:00

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Sector Session: Retail & Consumer

Graeme Payne, Partner, and Megan Harrison, Associate, will provide an introduction to Retail & Consumer at Bird & Bird in this session. This is your opportunity to learn more about this sector and the key commercial and legal issues in the retail and consumer space. 

Tuesday 7th December

15:00-16:00

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Penningtons Manches Cooper Division spotlight - Business Services

As a firm well known for it's excellent reputation in Family and Private Client, aspiring solicitors are often surprised to hear that over 60% of the firm's revenue comes from Business Services. In this session, find out about the quality work that our commercial dispute resolution, corporate, commercial IP/IT, employment, and marine trade and energy teams do.

Wednesday 8th December

Featured sessions

15:00-16:00

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Private Equity Panel Q&A

In 2020, Latham’s Private Equity team worked on more than 395 deals with a value of more than US$309 billion in announced private equity transactions worldwide. From its roots as a pioneer in private equity, Latham's lawyers have grown the practice into one of the largest in the world.

In this session we will be joined by lawyers in our London office to discuss more about the firm’s Private Equity team.

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