Meet the Recruiter
This section aims to dissect that most-powerful personality, the graduate recruiter. We have – on your behalf – cut them open, rummaged around in their insides and examined what makes them tick. The resulting profiles are a great way for you to get a sense of the men and women who have the ability to welcome you to the profession with open arms or close the proverbial door in your face.
This week's featured recruiter
- Kat Elam
Kat Elam is not simply a graduate recruiting veteran, with useful advice aplenty: she is also a onesie-wearing, pizza-making Man City supporter, who makes a great brownie. Learn more about AG’s multi-talented woman here.
Recently featured recruiters
- Cheryl Evans
Hailing from the land Down Under, Cheryl Evans joined Ashurst when the firm merged with Blake Dawson in 2012. Read on for her recruitment wisdom and wide insight into the firm.
- Rob Girvan
Milbank’s Rob Girvan has an impeccable track record of never knowingly losing a student in Paris – just one of a string of trainee recruitment hits to his credit. Read on for how to impress and get ahead at this desirable international firm.
- Beverley Sorsby
Since establishing Ropes & Gray’s formal graduate recruitment process, Beverley Sorsby has seen the firm’s training and development go from strength to strength. Read on and be informed and advised.
- Sarah Warnes
By no means a fully paid-up member of the comfy slipper brigade, Sarah Warnes is Cooley (UK) LLP’s knowledgeable trainee recruitment and legal talent manager, with valuable advice aplenty.
- Alex Mundy
Alex Mundy has heaps of graduate recruitment experience and advice on how to impress (and what to avoid) when applying to Dentons. Read on for her pearls of wisdom.
- Ed Mills-Webb, Caroline Walsh, Hayley Ives and Emily Haseldine
A quartet of recruiting experts, Clyde & Co’s team of four has advice aplenty and energy to burn. Read on to meet the fearless foursome that is Ed, Caroline, Hayley and Emily.
- Janine Arnold
Don’t be fooled by what you might have heard about Slaughter and May – as trainee recruitment manager Janine Arnold attests, it’s an accessible firm with a friendlier culture than its name suggests to augment its elite-level practices. Read on for an insight into the firm and its recruitment process.
- Anup Vithlani
Some like it hot, and that's certainly how Trowers & Hamlins' graduate recruitment manager likes his Nando's. Find out more about Anup Vithlani and his taste buds of steel, here.
- Heather Cornish
Heather Cornish of Winckworth Sherwood discusses the unique details of the firm's summer work experience scheme, as well as its "partners of the future" recruitment ethos - read on for her forthright wisdom on all things career-related.
- Rebecca Withers
London Grammar fan Rebecca Withers has plenty of advice to share on applying to a firm with the unique identity and specialisms of Ince & Co. Read on for her words of wisdom.
- Natalie Perkin
Fancy getting your hands on a koozie or going to a Houston-based prom? Natalie Perkin, lawyer and grad rec decision maker, can tell you how. Learn more about her role and the sorts of things you can expect as a trainee at Vinson & Elkins.
- Sarah Harte
Sarah Harte is Taylor Wessing’s graduate recruitment officer – this way for advice on applying for a training contract at this full-service commercial firm that is also famed for its swanky roof-terrace socials.
- Sophie Tughan-Jones
Freshfields’ trainee recruitment manager Sophie Tughan-Jones got her foot in the legal graduate recruitment door by chatting to people at a party – this, and many other top tips, are contained within.
- Victoria Bradley
Choosing a firm based on whether its culture is right for you is just one of the nuggets of wisdom dispensed by Shearman & Sterling’s recruitment manager, Victoria Bradley. Read on to find out more about applying to and training at this US-headquartered commercial firm.
- Kate Osborne
Experienced City recruiter Kate Osborne has a wealth of wisdom to share about the world of commercial law. Read on for advice on applying to US firm Kirkland & Ellis, whose London office is based in the city’s glamorous Gherkin.
- Jess Heading
Formerly a commercial lawyer herself, the Beyoncé-loving Jess Heading knows just what it takes to be successful at a top firm like CMS. Read on for her expert advice.
- Carly Gilberg
Having practised as a solicitor for over four years before making the move into graduate recruitment, Carly Gilberg knows as well as anyone what it takes to secure a training contract. Read on for her application advice.
- Julie Bounden
In another life, head of human resources Julie Bounden would be working in the film industry. In this life, heed her words and you could become a very attractive job candidate!
- Matt Akin
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.
- Michelle Bridge
From insolvency lawyer to graduate recruiter extraordinaire, Michelle Bridge at Bird & Bird is doing her dream job. Listen to her advice on how you too can get the career of your dreams.
- Marissa Sanders
Marissa Sanders handles graduate recruitment for Irwin Mitchell, a full-service firm with two distinct routes for career progression - business legal services and personal legal services. Read on to learn more.
- Hayley Basford
Newly merged Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co is blessed with grad rec adviser Hayley Basford, who is providing all of the firm’s grad rec needs and offering you valuable advice and insight in this week’s profile.
- Catherine Griffiths
Grad rec guru Catherine Griffiths has extensive recruitment experience in the business world, both in law and banking. Read on for her application advice.
- Emma McAvinchey and Jen Hulse
Fans of Pulp and Fleetwood Mac, respectively, there's no albatross round the necks of grad rec gurus Emma McAvinchey and Jen Hulse. This way for application advice of a Different Class.
- Lucy Atherton
An insightful view on the world of graduate recruitment and a love for bubble-gum flavoured jellybeans combine sweetly to make Lucy’s profile a must-read.
- Aidan Connor
A lover of burger joints and Seattle grunge gods Nirvana, Aidan Connor is the perfect person to introduce you to the internationally renowned US firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Skadden for short). Read on for his recruitment insights.
- Samantha Hope
An enthusiast for skiing and the indie stylings of London Grammar, Samantha Hope is also Shoosmiths’ grad rec guru. Click this way for her application wisdom and for an insight into trainee life at Shoosmiths.
- Caroline Lindner
Caroline Lindner is a highly experienced recruiter – read on for her sage advice on everything from networking to application writing.
- Lisa Powell
As someone who loves advising the candidates and trainees under her care, Lisa Powell is the perfect person to introduce you to the recruitment process at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and provide some key tips and insights along the way.