09:15 Registration and Refreshments
09:45 Conference Welcome

Keynote Speaker

Rajinder Bassi - Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Rajinder co-founded and is a partner in the international arbitration and litigation practice in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She is the training principal, overseeing trainee recruitment and development within the firm. She chairs the Associate Review Committee (London and Munich) and co-chairs the Gender Subcommittee of the Firmwide Diversity Committee, as well as co-chairing the Women in Law Empowerment Forum in London.


Panel Discussion: The law firm as a business

Our panel of top City law firm partners will address the key issues affecting firms in 2016. 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)
  • Ropes & Gray International LLP – Dan Martin, partner, special situations group
  • Howard Kennedy LLP – Gillian White, partner, corporate
  • Charles Russell Speechlys LLP – Hanh Nguyen, partner, insolvency
  • Baker & McKenzie – Ed Poulton, partner, dispute resolution
11:05 Refreshments and Networking

Firm-led Workshops

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP - Private wealth

Clyde & Co LLP - Insurance/professional indemnity

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP - Debt finance

Sidley Austin LLP - Tax and funds

Weil, Gotshal & Manges - Private equity

13:00 Lunch and Networking

Firm-led Workshops

Baker & McKenzie – International M&A

Cooley (UK) LLP – Life cycle of a company

Howard Kennedy LLP – Commercial real estate

Ropes & Gray International LLP – Negotiating commercial contracts

Watson Farley & Williams LLP – Anatomy of an asset finance transaction

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, editor (moderator)
  • Baker & McKenzie – Jacqui Bernuzzi, Graduate recruitment and development manager
  • Watson, Farley & Williams LLP – Lucie Rees, graduate recruitment & development manager
  • Cooley (UK) LLP – Sarah Warnes, trainee recruitment and development manager
  • Nottingham Law School – Edward Mosley, careers consultant
17:00 Conference Close

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