Career Panel: Commercial Law

Join us for the next #LaidlawCareers session, exploring commercial law.

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Discover what a career in commercial law entails, learn what makes a good commercial lawyer & how you can become one, and make valuable connections in the sector.

By the end of the panel, you will have learned:

  • How you can leverage your Laidlaw Scholarship research and leadership learnings in written applications and at interviews;
  • Which soft skills are the most important for a Trainee Solicitor to have and develop;
  • What commercial lawyers do on a day-to-day basis;
  • How to develop your commercial awareness; and
  • What makes a good commercial lawyer.

Date: Wednesday, October 7th, 2pm BST/9am EDT/9pm HKT

The Panellists

EMMA FRANCK-GWINNELL

Durham Laidlaw Scholarship Alumna, Trainee Solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

As a recent Laidlaw Alum, Emma was able to leverage her commercial law-focused research conducted through the Laidlaw Scholarship to obtain a Vacation Scheme, followed by a Training Contract.

RAJ MAHAPATRA

General Counsel and Head of Intellectual Property at Cervest

Raj has advised fast-growing companies in the UK and the US for more than 25 years on corporate, commercial, financial risk and intellectual property matters. Has now shifted his focus towards the intersection of technology, sustainable targets and the law - a growing area in the 21st century. He worked as a lawyer at Norton Rose and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP.

STEPHANIE LEUNG

Trainee Solicitor at Hogan Lovells

Steph leveraged her international background and extensive pro bono experience to obtain a vacation scheme and training contract.

DAVE HUGHES

Privacy and Cybersecurity Partner at Eversheds Sutherland

David typically develops a data strategy that balances the legal requirements, commercial resources and risk appetite of his clients, spanning the Technology, Consumer and Education sectors. David's experiences and perspective allow him to advise on both the law and the commercial realities in the context of data privacy and cybersecurity.

MODERATED BY: SREYA VADLAMANI

Laidlaw Scholar at Leeds University

PPE Finalist, Incoming Vacation Scheme Participant at Herbert Smith Freehills, Former Clifford Chance SPARK Scheme Participant

Nikol Chen (she/her)

Marketing & Design, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! My name is Nikol and I look after the Laidlaw Scholars Network. I am originally from Kazakhstan and I studied Human Sciences at UCL. My final research explored the potential effects of design on patient wellbeing in hospitals, and I also took modules such as Ethnographic Documentary Filmmaking, Anthropology of the Built Environment, Art in the Public Sphere, and other less interesting-sounding things :) Drop me a line at nikol.chen@laidlawfoundation.com if you have any questions about the Network or just fancy a chat. Alternatively, you can use the teal chat bubble in the right bottom corner of your screen and I'll reply ASAP!

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