09:15 Registration and Refreshments
09:45 Conference Welcome

Keynote Speaker

Will Smith - Sidley Austin LLP

Will is a transactional and advisory partner who focuses on the direct and indirect aspects of a range of international and UK tax matters. He is also the training principal, overseeing the trainee recruitment and development process for the firm. 


Panel Discussion: The law firm as a business

Our panel of top City law firm partners will address the key issues affecting firms in 2017. This session will help delegates understand how firms operate as businesses and the role they will play as trainees. The panel will answer questions from the audience.

  • LawCareers.Net – Matthew Broadbent, business development director (moderator)
  • Charles Russell Speechlys LLP – Hanh Nguyen, partner, insolvency
  • Howard Kennedy LLP – Vernon Dennis, training principal, business recovery and reconstruction
  • RPC – Simon Hart, partner, disputes
11:05 Refreshments and Networking

Firm-led Workshops

Baker McKenzie – International M&A – Westminster

Charles Russell Speechlys – Private wealth – County 1

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP – Debt finance – Thames 1

Ropes & Gray International LLP – Negotiating commercial contracts – County 2

Sidley Austin LLP – Tax and funds - Thames 2

13:00 Lunch and Networking

Firm-led Workshops

Cooley (UK) LLP – Life cycle of a company – County 2

Howard Kennedy – Real estate - Thames 2

RPC – Technology and cyber risk – Westminster

Vinson & Elkins RLLP – Drafting dispute resolution clauses: the dos and don’ts – Thames 1

Watson Farley & Williams LLP – Asset finance – County 1

15:35 Refreshments and Networking

Panel Discussion: Key advice for applicants

Our panel of recruiting experts will provide detailed guidance on what makes a good applicant, how to prepare and present a successful application form, and how to excel during a vacation scheme or training contract interview. Again, audience participation is encouraged.

  • LawCareers.Net – Josh Richman, senior editor (moderator)
  • Baker McKenzie – Jacqui Bernuzzi, graduate recruitment and development manager
  • Watson Farley & Williams LLP – Lucie Rees, graduate recruitment and development manager
  • Cooley (UK) LLP – Sarah Warnes, trainee recruitment and development manager
  • Nottingham Law School – Sarah Kinton, careers consultant
17:00 Conference Close

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