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Interviews: key advice for success

With training contract application deadlines imminent, this week’s newsletter focuses on what happens next for those whose applications are good enough to get through the first stage – the interview/assessment centre. Assessment centres may seem particularly daunting due to their unfamiliarity, so this week’s Feature provides guidance on what to expect and how to prepare. Meanwhile, the Oracle offers sartorial tips for the day itself. And elsewhere, there is News on the government’s special legal aid measures for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, the next annual Bar and Young Bar conference coming up in the autumn, and firms’ latest trainee retention figures (ie, how many of a firm’s trainees are offered permanent roles upon qualifying). 

Bird & Bird

Meet the Lawyer

Ella Hutson - Bird & Bird

After several years of working as a doctor, Ella Hutson made a career change to commercial law to join another international organisation operating in a number of diverse areas, with an equal focus on people. In Bird & Bird’s corporate team, Ella’s work is highly varied, with opportunities to build strong client relationships.

Brochure Focus

Allen & Overy LLP

A&O is open for business; come on in to learn more about this international, precedent-setting firm and all it has to offer.

Ashurst LLP

Meet the Recruiter

Emily Dale - Ashurst LLP

Emily Dale gives us the inside scoop on trainee recruitment and development at Ashurst; what the firm is looking for, how to impress and some of the challenges on the road ahead.

The Bar is open, no matter your background

LCN Blogs

The Bar is open, no matter your background

Marc Tyler

Profiles of those who reach the Bar at a later stage in life, most often, feature barristers with impressive previous careers such as solicitors, doctors, surgeons, company directors or commissioned officers.

Isla Grant - Training contract interviews made easy

LCN Says

Training contract interviews made easy

Isla Grant

You have submitted your training contract applications and you've been invited to an interview. After five minutes of patting yourself on the back, the associated fears start to surface. What if I become a gibbering wreck? What do I wear? What sorts of question are they going to ask? All of sudden you realise you're being asked to prove yourself in person rather than on paper. But we're here to help.

North Sea decommissioning: primed for a boom?

Commercial Question

North Sea decommissioning: primed for a boom?

The complexities and challenges associated with decommissioning offshore oil and gas assets have dampened M&A activity in the past, but change is coming – so what form will it take?



Law firm assessment centres: how to prepare and perform on the day

Many law firms use assessment centres as part of the selection procedure for vacation scheme and training contract candidates. So how do you prepare for an assessment centre, what can you expect on the day and what are firms looking for? Read on for some excellent law assessment centre tips.

The Oracle

The Oracle

Interviews: what to wear

I've got a couple of training contract interviews coming up. Obviously, I need to wear formal/business attire, but what exactly does this mean - especially for women? 

Take 5

All at sea

This fishy five are linked by an association with the briny depths, the roaring ocean, the Neptunian tides (etc):


Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridge

LGSS Law Ltd - Paralegal (various roles) and lawyer vacancies

We are seeking to recruit paralegals to join our community services (child care), property and highways teams. We currently have opportunities in Huntingdon and Northampton.

If this vacancy no longer appears on LawCareers.Net then it has been filled, but keep checking the Jobs section for all the latest vacancies.

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