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Newly qualified solicitor Mahesh Vara discusses training at DWF and what it was like to be involved in major corporate finance and real estate deals from the get go. Read his profile for more on how junior solicitors participate in business development, how to deal with mistakes during your training contract and advice on succeeding during the application process.
Here are my tips on how I survived GDL exams and avoided being overwhelmed (as much as possible). Ensure you are successful by being prepared and ready for anything.
You've got to be in it to win it - true of the National Lottery and true of a career at the Bar. As Inner Temple's Outreach Manager Struan Campbell kindly explains, thanks to the myriad of networking, scholarship and training opportunities on offer, there's much more to gain from joining an Inn of Court than a few posh dinners.
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For BPTC students, there has always been a requirement to complete a number of sessions as part of your membership of an inn and before you can be called to the Bar. However, whereas they were once known as the “12 dinners”, for a few years now they have been called “qualifying sessions”.
Right now, the legal industry is being disrupted by technological developments. Blockchain technology is one of the most significant factors that can potentially reshape the role of commercial lawyers by fundamentally changing some of the traditional tasks they have to perform.
I've always wanted to be a barrister, but now I think it seems more financially secure to train at a City firm and more likely that I would be able to secure a training contract, compared to a pupillage at a top commercial set. Would it hurt my career prospects of practising at the Bar to train as a solicitor before re-qualifying or transferring?