#LaidlawCareers: Commercial Law

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for the #LaidlawCareers Panel on Commercial Law, organised by the Laidlaw Alumni Society! You can watch the recording of the panel here. Time codes below.

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Thank you again to all of our brilliant panellists, and Sreya for moderating!

The panel explored the panellists’ experiences to date, commercial law as a sector, and how to get into commercial law.


The Panellists

Raj Mahapatra - General Counsel and Head of Intellectual Property at Cervest

Dave Hughes - Privacy and Cybersecurity Partner at Eversheds Sutherland

Emma Franck-Gwinnell - Durham Laidlaw Scholarship Alumna, Trainee Solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

Stephanie Leung - Trainee Solicitor at Hogan Lovells

Moderated by: Sreya Vadlamani - Laidlaw Scholar at Leeds University, Incoming Vacation Scheme Participant at Herbert Smith Freehills


Time codes

02:00 - Panellists' journeys into commercial law. 

07:50 - A general overview of what panellists do on a day-to-day basis.

20:00 - What is commercial awareness and how does it fit into the role of a commercial lawyer?

33:40 - To Emma, how did your Laidlaw Scholarship experience help you in your journey of becoming a commercial solicitor?

36:00 - Apart from commercial awareness, what are other characteristics that are important to develop for someone looking to go into commercial law?

43:30 - [Audience question] How do commercial lawyers in your firm give back to the wider world and the community?

45:05 - [Audience question] As someone not doing a Law degree, how can one break into the legal sector?

50:40 - [Audience question] How has diversity progressed in commercial law environments?

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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