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The task at hand.

Our bet is that this week you will be preoccupied with (a) crafting your training contract applications in advance of the major deadline of 31 July, (b) showing off your abilities in a summer vacation scheme, or (c) creating opportunities to get a tan and snooze in the sun. Far be it from us to keep you from any of those things, so we’ll make it snappy – this week we offer you a Feature on assessment centres and an Oracle on scenario-based questions (don’t miss Gemma Baker’s top tip). Both are relevant for those of you who leap with aplomb through the first hoop of applications and are lining up for the next fiery hoop of face-to-face grilling. In News, there is a significant merger, two new presidents and BSB regulation. Happy reading!


Meet the Lawyer

Emma McPeake - Irwin Mitchell

Real estate lawyer Emma McPeake hopes to visit Antarctica one day; in the meantime, excitement can be found in her dream firm, Irwin Mitchell. Read on to learn more about her career and the advice she has to offer.

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Brochure focus

Ashurst LLP

Are you a natural leader? If so, you could be right for Ashurst. Read on to find out more about life in the City, plus the firm’s practice areas and recent high-profile deals.

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Burning Question

Employee status and its implications for employers

'Employee', 'worker', or 'self-employed consultant/contractor': why should an employer care as long as they get the job done?

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Sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard


Meet the Recruiter

Matt Akin - DWF LLP

Matt Akin brings years of experience in other sectors to his role as grad rec specialist at DWF. Read on to learn why he thinks video interviews could be the way of the future and much more.

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The Oracle

Worst-case scenario

What should I do if I don’t know the answer to a scenario-based question at a training contract interview?

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Assessment centres: what’s all the fuss about?

Assessment centres are an increasingly common part of the recruitment process for law firms, offering as they do the chance to see candidates in the round. Oliver Savill, director of AssessmentDay, offers his advice on what to expect and how to impress.

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LC.N Blogs

Can you ever be too old for law?
The Legal Learner

A friend of mine was at a training contract interview when she was asked (rather aggressively) why she was bothering to apply, since she already had an established career.

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LC.N Says

Why become an insurance lawyer?
Sarah Oakes

Insurance litigation remains one of the most exciting and challenging areas in which to practise, it being fast-paced and contentious.

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Take 5

Legal seagulls

These five firms have all made waves harbouring legal talent in coastal offices:

Stamp Jackson & Procter LLP - Hull »
Trethowans LLP - Southampton »
Bond Dickinson - Bristol »
Frearsons - Skegness »
Inghams - Blackpool »



Hugh Cartwright & Amin - Paralegal

Hugh Cartwright & Amin, based in West London, is recruiting for a paralegal to work across all the firms practice areas - commercial litigation, company commercial, commercial property, and residential property. Apply by Friday 8 August.

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