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Are you an aspiring barrister looking for advice about how to secure pupillage? If so, this episode is for you! 

In this episode, Camilla Uppal is joined by Emilene Davis, a future pupil barrister who you may recognise from the Instagram account Bristolian_barrister. Emilene provides insight into her journey to securing pupillage, shares her top tips for pupillage applications and interviews, and explains the top mistakes that she sees when mentoring aspiring barristers.

Connect with Emilene:

https://www.instagram.com/bristolian_barrister/?hl=en

https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilene-davis-7527159b/

 

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In this episode, Camilla Uppal is joined by Akil Hunte, trainee solicitor at CMS and Chair of NRG Lawyers, a not for profit organisation that aims to pave the way for Non-Russell group students and graduates in their legal careers through guidance and support.

Akil provides information about NRG Lawyers, what it aims to do and how listeners can learn more about, and get involved with the organisation. 

Akil also discusses his experiences as a Non-Russell group applicant when he was going through the process of securing his training contract, including how he overcame imposter syndrome, and how he utilised the guidance of mentors.

If you would like to learn more about NRG Lawyers and follow Akil’s journey:

Akil’s LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/akilhunteuk/
NRG Lawyers’ LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/nrg-lawyers-uk/

 

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In this episode, Camilla Uppal speaks with Amelia Platton, founder of The Neurodiverse Lawyer Project, winner of the Best Use of Social Media Legal Cheek Award (2022), first-class law graduate and future trainee solicitor.

Amelia discusses the reason behind setting up The Neurodiverse Lawyer Project. as well her experience going through the training contract application process as an autistic and dyspraxic neurodiverse candidate.

Amelia provides actionable advice for how to request reasonable adjustments, what to ask for, and what more that law firms could be doing to improve inclusion and diversity. 

Law Society research report mentioned by Amelia:

https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/en/topics/lawyers-with-disabilities/legally-disabled-research-easy-wins-for-disability-inclusion 
https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/topics/lawyers-with-disabilities/

The Neurodiverse Lawyer free resources and templates discussed in the episode:

https://neurodiverselawyer.co.uk/free-resources 

Follow The Neurodiverse Lawyer and Amelia Platton:

Website: https://neurodiverselawyer.co.uk/
Instagram: @neurodiverselawyer
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amelia-platton-209a2b196/ 

 

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In this episode, Stephanie Anais is joined by Denis Viskovich, a dual-qualified Australian and English lawyer with over twenty years of experience working for investment banks.

During the episode, Denis talks about what a career as an in-house lawyer at an investment bank involves, the importance of having commercial awareness and how to speak about legal and commercial issues with ease. Denis also talks about the wonderful initiatives that he has launched, such as BIUCAC and Future City Lawyers.

 

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In this episode, Camilla Uppal speaks with Evie Smith, manager of Intervene, about the current issues facing the prison system and prisoners’ access to  justice. 

Intervene is a registered legal charity, established by Kesar and Co Solicitors in 2013. They are staffed by full-time Manager Evie Smith and numerous passionate volunteers and currently support over 200 prisoners who have suffered mistreatment during their sentence. 

Intervene were recently shortlisted for the LexisNexis Pro Bono Award 2022 for all of the incredible work that they have been doing to support prisoners who wish to bring civil claims or seek remedies after their human rights have been breached. If you are interested in getting involved with this project, Intervene are now expanding their office space and are actively recruiting for new volunteer caseworkers. If this is something you are interested in getting involved with, please visit Intervene’s website which you can find here: https://www.interveneproject.org/.

 

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In this episode, Camilla Uppal is joined by Jake Schogger, qualified lawyer, careers coach and founder and CEO of the City Career Series Handbooks and the Commercial Law Academy. 

Jake provides detailed insight into each commercial law firm practice area, explaining what each department does, what a trainee’s role typically involves, and what “international” work really involves! 

Jake explains what skills are important for aspiring lawyers to demonstrate in applications and interviews to demonstrate that they will be an excellent trainee solicitor. 

Finally, Jake provides recommendations for building commercial awareness!

 

Further resources: 

Check out the new Training Contract Handbook for a much deeper insight into what trainees do, due diligence, key transaction documents, dispute resolution documents and processes, core professional skills and (much) more. Camilla Uppal reviewed a previous version of the handbook for The Student Lawyer website which you can read here: https://thestudentlawyer.com/2020/12/07/book-review-training-contract-handbook-by-citycareerseries/ 

Check out the Introduction to Commercial Law course to gain a comprehensive insight into commercial law careers, including the recruitment process, different types of firms, typical training contract challenges, the skills trainees need to demonstrate, the core practice areas, and common trainee tasks.

The Commercial Law Academy also includes a collection of commercial awareness-centric courses, covering M&A, interview case studies, legal tech, current affairs and more.

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In this episode, Camilla Uppal speaks to Sibel Vurdu, trainee solicitor at Thackray Williams LLP, and founder of BeComAware, about her experiences so far as a trainee solicitor. Sibel provides insight into the types of work she has been involved in, the seats she has done, and how she decided on a practice area to qualify into.

Sibel also provides her top tips for developing commercial awareness, as well as how to excel when approaching law firm applications and interviews.

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In this episode, Camilla Uppal is joined by Annabel Akintomide, an in-house lawyer specialising in financial services.

Annabel completed her training contract and worked as an associate in a law firm before deciding to pursue a career in-house. Annabel provides fascinating insight into her career history to date and explains what being a financial services lawyer involves.

Annabel also details why and how she made the transition from private practice to in-house, what they key differences are in terms of the skills required, and provides her top tips for listeners who aspire to work as in-house lawyers. 

Follow Annabel’s platform BosSeason, which aims to help you make boss moves in your career, on Instagram:  @bosseason

 

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In this episode, Stephanie Anais is joined by Jonathan Gilmour, Head of Derivatives & Structured Products and Partner in the Finance group at Travers Smith. 

During the episode, Jonathan talks about the finance, and derivatives & structured products practice area, the key commercial trends and issues that his clients are facing, and provides advice on how trainees can excel during the training contract. 

 

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In this episode, Camilla Uppal is joined by Varsha Kanitkar, future trainee solicitor at Clifford Chance.

Varsha secured two training contract offers from top firms Clifford Chance and Latham & Watkins in 2020, so we invited Varsha on the show to talk about her top tips for applying for training contracts, preparing for interviews and developing commercial awareness.

Varsha also discusses her experiences as an international student. For those making training contract or vacation scheme applications, this is not one to be missed!

If you are looking for some non-law related books to enjoy over the holidays, check out Varsha’s recommendations which she shares with us in this episode:

- On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong
- Sterling Karat Gold, by Elizabeth Waidner

 

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