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.
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
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?