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The
WHAT THE LAWYER?!
INTERVIEWS

Interested in Eversheds Sutherland?

with.... Clare Stokes 

Graduate Recruiter at Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland receive around 1500+ applications every year for training contracts. The process to secure a training contract with any firm is extremely competitive so how do you become the success story? Read our interview with Clare Stokes, Graduate Recruitment Advisor at Eversheds Sutherland to find out!

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Balancing a legal career with extra roles!

with.... Baljinder Singh Atwal

Legal Adviser at the West Midlands Police

Baljinder Singh Atwal is a well known figure within the Birmingham legal community and a serial networker! Prior to being appointed as Chair of the Birmingham Solicitors’ Group (“BSG”) last month, Baljinder was the PR Officer for the BSG and the PR Officer for the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society before that.

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Tips from the legal recruiters!

with.... Kelly Barker and Neelam Morris

Directors of Barker Morris Legal Search

Kelly Barker and Neelam Morris are both non-practising solicitors who recently made the decision to set up their very own recruitment consultancy - Barker Morris Legal Search. Prior to setting up their own company, they each worked as recruitment consultants for all levels of legal professions in the Birmingham area.

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Family Barrister insights & tips!

with.... Mani Singh Basi

Barrister at 4 Paper Buildings

Mani Singh Basi is a barrister at 4 Paper Buildings and specialises in Family Law. Mani has a broad practice covering all areas of family law with a particular focus on disputes relating to children, both domestic and international. His work often takes him across the country appearing up to and including the High Court!

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Commercial and Corporate Lawyer Life

with.... Matt Whelan

Solicitor at Trowers & Hamlins

Matt Whelan is a corporate and commercial solicitor at national law firm, Trowers & Hamlins. Matt trained at Trowers and has continued his legal career there. In addition to his role as a solicitor, he supervises trainees and vacation scheme students.

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How I secured 3 training contract offers!

with.... Simranjeet Kaur Mann

Trainee Solicitor at Womble Bond Dickinson

Simranjeet Kaur Mann is a future trainee solicitor at Womble Bond Dickinson, a UK Top 20 law firm! We caught up wtih Simranjeet to find out how, after facing some rejection, she managed to secure 3 training contract offers! Simranjeet has her own YouTube Channel where she shares various tips on how best to approach the training contract process, how to write successful applications and how to do the Watson Glaser Test, as well as a number of other useful tips!

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It's all about family law!

with.... Yasmin Khan-Gunns

Solicitor at BLM Law

Yasmin Khan-Gunns is a family solicitor at BLM Law in London. Yasmin specialises in matrimonial and divorce law. We interviewed Yasmin to find out more about the day in the life of a family solicitor in London!

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Life as a Commercial Partner!

with.... Amardeep Gill

Commercial Partner at Trowers & Hamlins

Amardeep Gill is a Partner at Trowers & Hamlins in Birmingham. Amardeep specialises in commercial law and specifically advises government, public bodies and SMEs on transformation or business critical projects. We interviewed Amardeep to find out more about the day in the life of a commercial partner!

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Life as an In-House Lawyer! 

with.... Emily Aldridge

Legal Counsel at the NEC Group

Read our full interview with Emily Aldridge, the Legal Counsel for the NEC Group. Emily trained as a solicitor in-house for Midland Heart (a housing association) and then moved to private practice for a few years as a commercial and projects lawyer before moving back in-house to work for the NEC Group. We speak to Emily about life in-house, the pros and cons of in-house vs private practice and any tips she may have for all those currently considering making the move in-house.

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Life as a Junior Lawyer! 

with.... Jasmin Koasha

Solicitor at Volvo

In this episode, we speak to Jasmin about life as a junior lawyer. We discuss moving on from your trainee firm, adjusting to life in a new firm, how to build your legal and business network and the essentials to build good client relationships!

Listen to our interview with Jasmin here...

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Trainee Solicitor to NQ! 

with.... Sarah Owen

Solicitor at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

In this episode, we speak to Sarah about the transition from paralegal to trainee to solicitor, as well as discussing life as a newly qualified solicitor in the era of Covid! We also discuss life as a contentious lawyer in the world of clinical negligence and personal injury!

Listen to our interview with Sarah here...

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Trainee Solicitor Life!

with.... Matt Hartas
Trainee Solicitor at The Wilkes Partnership LLP

In this episode, Matt Hartas, a trainee solicitor at The Wilkes Partnership, speaks to us about life as a trainee. Matt talks us through his training contract, how to survive the first seat, how to shortlist firms when applying, how to embrace each seat during your training and he shares tips on how to get through being furloughed!

Listen to our interview with Matt here...

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Balancing LPC & Paralegal job!

with.... Georgia Bradley
Paralegal at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

In this episode we speak to Georgia Bradley, a full time paralegal and part time LPC student. Georgia talks us through how she balances the LPC with being a full time paralegal and how she went from having done 0 vacation schemes to securing a training contract at her firm!

Listen to our interview with Georgia here...

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Law Student Life!

with.... Kate Chattaway
University of Nottingham Law Student (Alumni)

In our first ever episode of the WTL podcast, our host, Jas Atwal, speaks to a recently graduated law student, Kate Chattaway. Kate provides her tips and tricks on surviving law school including how to make the most of the time that you're there. So, whether you're just about to start your undergrad or you're currently a student at University, this episode is for you!

Listen to our interview with Kate here...

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