Virtual Law Fair 2021

Monday 18th - Friday 22nd October 2021 - The UK's biggest law fair!

  • Join live workshops and presentations every day.
  • Meet top law firms and law schools in our Networking Expo.
  • Brand new platform with enhanced features.
  • Last year we had more than 20,000 attendees & 100+ exhibitors.
  • After the fair, continue to use our Digital Campus - we’ve held more than 350 exclusive employer events!

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Monday 18th October

Featured sessions

11:00-12:00

Keynote Presentation

How to bring your application to life

Shoosmiths are looking for innovative, commercially aware trainee solicitors who share in our values. The best applications are those that are unique and prove you have a real interest in being part of the Shoosmiths culture. Samantha Hope shares her top tips for how to show your personality and bring your application to life. 

14:00-15:00

Keynote Presentation

BCLP application hints and tips

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!

16:00-17:00

Presentation

Introduction to Latham & Watkins

As you plan your career in law, you will be trying to differentiate between the world’s top law firms to see which one is right for you. Here we offer some insight into what a career at Latham & Watkins in London is like, to help you decide whether this is the right place to start your legal career.

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10:00-11:00

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It's your future, create it here

CMS is a future-facing law firm. This presentation will give participants an overview of CMS, our culture and our sector expertise. We will also introduce our graduate opportunities and application processes. 

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10:00-11:00

Presentation

Commercial 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 Commercial law and how we provide our clients with the best commercial solutions. 

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10:00-10:45

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Application Process & Q&A

An insight into the application process at Bird & Bird, revealing how you can make a competitive application. There will also be the opportunity to pose any questions you have about applying for a vacation scheme or training contract to the graduate recruitment team at the firm. 

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11:00-12:00

Presentation

Application & Interview Workshop

The Graduate Recruitment team will provide you with their top tips on how to secure a place on a vacation scheme or fast track scheme at the Firm. You will also have the chance to ask questions.

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14:00-15:00

Presentation

A quality training experience, outside of London

A focus on the training contract opportunities outside of London. Working outside of London does not mean that the quality of work or clients is lower. Hear from trainees from a variety of our offices to hear about their different experiences and some case studies on the work they have been involved in.

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16:00-17:00

Presentation

An introduction to HFW - an international, sector focused firm

At HFW we focus on real world, tangible areas of commercial law. Sectors such as shipping, aerospace, commodities, construction, energy and insurance where we see the impact of the work that we do on the world around us. Come along to this informal presentation for an introduction to HFW and learn more about the international, sector-focused work that we do from graduate recruitment, Trainees and Associates.

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Tuesday 19th October

Networking Expo Tuesday 19th October 14:00-16:00

Tuesday 19th October

This is your opportunity to meet graduate recruiters, trainees and fee earners from the biggest and best law firms in the UK.

Drop in to each firm’s virtual expo booth. Ask questions. Make a great impression.

You must have registered for the Virtual Law Fair in advance to attend.

Featured sessions

12:00-13:00

Keynote Group Q&A

Navigating the demands of application writing

There is no ‘one size fits all’ for a Shoosmiths trainee solicitor and the variety of experience is what makes the firm stand out. Remember that the application process is just as much about finding a firm where you will thrive. This is more likely to happen if you feel like you can be yourself from the outset.

14:00-16:00

Networking Expo

Networking Expo

The Networking Expo is your opportunity to network with law firms and find out more about the opportunities available to you.

Hop between firms' virtual exhibition booths to meet with graduate recruitment representatives and trainee solicitors at the law firms you want to apply to! 

Taking place exclusively at 2pm-4pm on Tuesday 19th October, this Networking Expo is not to be missed. 

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10:00-11:00

Presentation

Trainee life at Stephenson Harwood

At Stephenson Harwood, we pride ourselves on delivering ground-breaking work across the globe. As one of our 20 trainees, you’ll be exposed to high-profile clients and cutting-edge projects. The clients we work with are hugely varied. Whether they’re corporations, institutions or individuals, we assemble teams of bold thinkers to match our clients’ needs and ensure they receive the right advice, from the right person, at the right time. Our experience encompasses corporate, commercial litigation, employment and pensions, finance, marine and international trade, and real estate.

As a trainee, you'll have access to a huge breadth and depth of expertise as you work alongside our partners and associates to develop your knowledge of our key practice areas.

We'll be going into more detail on what it's like to be a trainee at Stephenson Harwood!

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10:00-11:00

Presentation

Insight into: Tech & Life Sciences

Hear from Sophie and Kenny, a partner and associate in our Tech & Life Sciences team, who will be sharing an insight into their work in Tech & Life Sciences and how the industry continues to grow. Succeeding in the life sciences industry is as much about strategy and execution as it is about research and development. And with the breakneck pace of technology disrupting industries on a global scale, it is a really exciting and unique area of law which works in collaboration with our technology, healthcare, real estate and private equity lawyers.

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11:00-12:00

Presentation

How to build and demonstrate commercial awareness

You will need commercial awareness for any career in the city or in professional services, but what exactly do we mean by it and how do you become commercially aware? Join us for this session where we will explain what commercial awareness means and what you can do to build yours.

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11:00-12:00

Group Q&A

Ask the trainees

This session will be attended by trainees from our UK offices - come along to find out what it's really like to train at Osborne Clarke.

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12:00-13:00

Presentation

Acing the recruitment process

This session will cover all of the key application hints & tips to make sure you are fully prepared for the recruitment process. We will be covering application forms through to assessment centers and interviews. 

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Wednesday 20th October

Featured sessions

14:00-14:45

Keynote Presentation

Preparing for interviews

Join John McKeown as she guides you through a masterclass on how to prepare for training contract and vacation scheme interviews.

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11:00-12:00

Group Q&A

Commercial Question

In smaller breakout rooms, we will be inviting you to discuss a commercial question. The activity will get you thinking commercially, a key skill all future lawyers need, and is similar to a question you may be asked during the Taylor Wessing assessment centre process.

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12:00-13:00

Group Q&A

Diversity & Inclusion at WFW

As an international firm with a global client base, diversity and inclusion is a key part of how we operate as a firm. Hear from Dean Lloyd, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, about the firm's approach and initiatives. This will be your opportunity to learn about how we do things and ask any questions you may have.

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12:00-13:00

Group Q&A

Trainee Q&A

A chance to speak to a range of Trainees at Linklaters from different practice areas and find out what it's like to be a trainee at the firm.

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14:00-15:00

Presentation

ESG at Gibson Dunn

The presentation will focus on the Firm’s newly developed ESG practice, which provides advice to clients on their corporate responsibility and environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. In addition, our ESG practice offers bespoke services to senior executives and directors on a range of topics to support our clients’ ESG objectives and offer insights on best practice and ESG-related developments.

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15:00-16:00

Group Q&A

Meet the Trainees

If you're keen to find out what life at Ashurst is like then what better way to find out than hear from our trainees. Our trainees will available to talk to you about their own experiences and also will be able to provide guidance and advice on completing your applications and navigating your way through assessment and interview.

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15:00-16:00

Group Q&A

Understanding the Role of a Trainee Associate at Weil

Hear first-hand from our trainees about their training experience at Weil. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the training programme and the kind of work our trainees are involved in and the challenges they have faced. You will also have the chance to put your questions to our Trainees.

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16:00-17:00

Presentation

Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives at Farrer & Co

This virtual event will give attendees an insight into the different Diversity & Inclusion initiatives at Farrer & Co. This will include initiatives as part of our recruitment process and also once you join the firm. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions throughout this presentation.

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16:00-17:00

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Insight into Irwin Mitchell - Our Client Service areas

As a full-service law firm we operate across seven client service areas, offering a full-range of legal services to individuals and businesses, as well as also supporting people with their finances, wealth and asset management. At this presentation learn more about each of our client service areas, the cases that our colleagues work on and how our trainee solicitors support our clients. We can help advise and represent our clients in any area of law and at this session we will discuss how we ensure that our clients are getting one integrated plan that takes all of their legal needs into account.

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Thursday 21st October

Featured sessions

14:00-14:45

Keynote Presentation

Planning your legal career

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

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10:00-11:00

Presentation

The Lawyer of the Future

We’ve all heard about “Doing Law Differently”, but what do clients really want and how does that translate to what skills the lawyer of the future needs? Tune in and hear Jodie Hosmer, lawyer, innovator, legal tech enthusiast and project manager, talk about what these skills are and what Mills & Reeve are doing to nurture these skills to ensure our people are equipped to deliver to our clients.

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10:00-11:00

Presentation

Integrating Pro Bono

A presentation exploring training opportunities at Orrick and the emphasis we have on pro-bono across all levels of the firm, including trainees. 

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12:00-13:00

Group Q&A

Farrer & Co Trainee Q&A

This session will give attendees a chance to find out about the role of a trainee at Farrer & Co. This will include learning about our six seat training system, our range of practice areas, our small trainee intake and the different CSR activities you can get involved in as a trainee solicitor.

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12:00-13:00

Group Q&A

Sidley Trainee Q&A

Please join our Q&A with trainees to get an insight of what it's like training with Sidley.

This session will allow you to ask any questions about us as a firm that and what we do, the application process, what a day to day might look like when training with the firm or perhaps the opportunity to do an international secondment etc.

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12:00-13:00

Group Q&A

Meet our Trainees & NQs

A unique opportunity to meet with a group of our current trainees and recent newly qualified solicitors. This will give a real insight into life at Goodwin, our various practice areas, and provide you with a chance to ask any questions you have.

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14:00-15:00

Group Q&A

Q&A with the RPC Early Talent team

Ellinor leads the UK Early Talent team. She manages the recruitment and development of RPC's UK apprentices and trainees. Ask any questions you have from application and interview advice, to the training on offer. All questions are welcome!

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14:00-15:00

Group Q&A

B-Corps and the Impact Economy

Bates Wells were the first UK law firm to become a B-Corporation. This talk will go into
some detail as to what a B-Corporation is and its significance. Our speakers will also
introduce you to the Impact Economy, and how we operate in the space.

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15:00-16:00

Group Q&A

Pro bono at Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn approaches pro bono work with passion, creativity and motivation and we believe that by striving to strengthen the rule of law, assist the disadvantaged and bring top-quality legal thinking to those who might normally be overlooked by the legal system, we deliver tangible benefits to our clients, our firm and our community. In 2020, Gibson Dunn devoted approximately 160,879 hours to numerous pro bono efforts around the world. This session will focus on some notable pro bono cases the firm has worked on.

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16:00-17:00

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Training Contract Interviews: Top tips from a graduate recruiter

Hear useful top tips on how to shine at your Training Contract interview from Anthea Demetriou, a member of the Graduate Recruitment team at Watson Farley & Williams. This session will focus on how to research firms well, the types of questions you may encounter at interviews, and how to give well-constructed answers. This is also your chance to ask any burning questions you might have about the interview process at Watson Farley & Williams.

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16:00-17:00

Group Q&A

'Life as a Trainee' Panel

Find out about life as a trainee at Slaughter and May from 3 of our current trainees. They will be talking about their route to the firm and their career journey so far to give you an insight into life as a trainee at Slaughter and May.

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Friday 22nd October

Featured sessions

12:00-12:45

Keynote Presentation

The Importance of Advocacy

Join Jacqueline Cheltenham to gain a better understanding of advocacy and why it is such an important part of the legal profession.

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10:00-11:00

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The Post-Pandemic Law Firm: New Ways of Working

This presentation will focus on three key questions:

• How has Ashfords adapted to the ‘new normal’?

• What has been or will be the cultural impact of the changes the firm has
experienced/implemented?

• How has the pandemic influenced service delivery?

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11:00-12:00

Group Q&A

The three Cs - Clients, Colleagues & Communities

At Irwin Mitchell we focus on what really matters; our clients, colleagues and communities. We work with a diverse range of clients and communities, and we celebrate diversity amongst our colleagues too. We’re passionate about creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for everyone. At this session you will have the opportunity to hear directly from our colleagues and ask any questions you may have. 

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11:00-12:00

Group Q&A

The three C's - Clients, Colleagues & Communities

At Irwin Mitchell we focus on what really matters; our clients, colleagues and communities. We work with a diverse range of clients and communities, and we celebrate diversity amongst our colleagues too. We’re passionate about creating a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for everyone. At this session you will have the opportunity to hear directly from our colleagues and ask any questions you may have.

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12:00-13:00

Presentation

Spotlight on Global Loans and Global Markets

Join us for an overview of the complex and international work undertaken by the Global Loans and Global Markets teams at Ashurst. You will hear more on the work undertaken by the teams as well as hearing about the key challenges currently facing financial institutions.

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Virtual Law Fair Boot Camp

Before you attend the Virtual Law Fair, it's vital that you prepare to ensure you get the most possible value from the experience. Follow our simple step-by-step guide and get ready to boost your legal career prospects!