How I obtained a training contract with limited legal experience at White & Case?

Matthew Berrick recently spoke with Stephanie Lartey who decided to write this guest piece. The aim of this article is to share Stephanie’s experience of securing a training contract with White & Case with limited legal experience. Feel free to contact Matthew Berrick or Stephanie Lartey on LinkedIn if you have any further questions regarding this article. Over to Stephanie for …

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Life as a Business Development Professional in Law

Commercial law firms provide legal and business advice to their client in return for a profit. But how does a law firm attract and retain its clients? How does it ensure that it’s marketing itself to the right organisations and standing out from its competition? This is where the role of a Business Development (BD) …

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Understanding Legal Technology: Featuring the CEO of Codengines Software

In this article Matthew Berrick interviews Abdul Hakim Manattil who worked for over 16 years at the well known Al Tamimi & Company law firm based in the Middle East. After leaving the firm Abdul went on to create Codengines. A company dedicated to leveraging information in the LegalTech space to assist automation of legal …

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Training as a commercial solicitor in Leeds

For this article, The Legal Line Up co-founder Gemma Shohet spoke with Martyna Sikora and Jack Wray about why they chose to train at their respective firms in Leeds. Jack is a second seat trainee at Eversheds Sutherland’s Leeds office and a First-class graduate in Law from the University of Leeds. His first seat was …

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What is the difference between private practice and in-house?

Throughout my journey, one discussion which often popped up was the difference between practicing privately or practicing as an in-house lawyer. But what exactly are these concepts? Private practice essentially refers to working in a law firm (e.g. Freshfields, Clifford Chance etc…). The usual route involves securing a Training Contract and qualifying in a particular …

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Inside an Energy Company

In this article, Matthew Berrick interviews Ben Men about working at Centrica and the energy sector. Centrica supplies over 25 million customers and have strong footholds in the U.K. and AMER regions. Why did you decide to do a grad scheme within a big corporate like Centrica? I’ve studied law for so long and I’ve …

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What are Cryptocurrencies in a commercial context?

What are cryptocurrencies? Cryptocurrencies are decentralized virtual currencies that operate independently from governing oversight. All transactions take place on a decentralised ledger where payments between users are publicized and therefore cannot be directly regulated by watchdogs.  Cryptocurrencies allows users greater ownership to conduct transactions by eliminating third party and escrow involvement. For users wanting to minimise …

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Networking – Asking the RIGHT Questions

As students prepare to return to universities, whether physically or virtually, law firms will be scheduling visits to careers fairs, networking events and planning insight days, all of which are great opportunities to broaden your knowledge of the firm and network with its employees. This article outlines the types of questions prospective applicants should be …

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The Linklaters Pathfinder Scheme: Getting your foot in the door as a First Year Law Student

Matthew Berrick recently spoke with Nat Swartland who decided to write this guest piece. The aim of this article is to share his experience of securing a spot on the Linklaters  Pathfinder Scheme. Feel free to contact Matthew Berrick or Nat Swartland on LinkedIn if you have any further questions regarding this article. Over to Nat for his insight! Being …

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