From 14 – 18 December 2020, we will be running our first ever virtual insight week - where you're in the driver's seat.
This is a unique opportunity to take a look into our culture, learn about what a career in law could look like and equip you with skills to take forward, as you complete your studies and applications for training contracts and other legal roles.
Throughout the week there will be a variety of different webinars and events, where you will be able to develop skills from commercial awareness to resilience, improve your application writing, prepare for assessment centre and speak directly with our CEO.
If you're ready to embark on your legal career, join us and create a schedule that gives you the insight you're looking for and meets your development needs.
What you need to do next ...
You can take part in as many or as few of the events as you like, sign up to each of the events below - and we look forward to seeing you on the day.
We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions get in contact with Hannah Wright our early ambitions advisor.
Monday 14 December
Monday 14 December, 10.30 - 11.30
Did you know 93% of our employees would recommend us as a great place to work? We believe that has a lot to do with our culture and who we are.
Our head of talent and culture Helen Hay will bring to life our culture, values, behaviours and what that means for you as a future member of our team.
This event is a must if for anyone interested in finding out why we are the number one firm for you to build your career.
Monday 14 December, 13.30 - 14.30
Technology is rapidly changing the way we work and live. With the impact of the coronavirus forcing many of us to work from home, technology in the legal sector has rapidly had to change.
In this webinar, we hear from three of our top technology lawyers on the way they see technology disrupting the way they work, the way they interact with clients and what’s next for the legal sector.
A great webinar for those interested in developing their commercial awareness and finding out more about how technology is disrupting the legal sector.
Monday 14 December, 16.30 - 17.30
So you’re thinking the legal world might be for you? Did you know that there are other routes to qualification as a lawyer than the traditional trainee solicitor pathway?
Join us at our live discussion where we look at two different options: the traditional training contract route to qualification as a solicitor vs the CILEx route to qualification as a legal executive or solicitor.
Throughout the session you will have the opportunity to ask questions so that by the end of the talk we hope you will have a fuller idea of what each route entails - sign up today!
Tuesday 15 December
Tuesday 15 December, 10.30 - 11.30
Breaking into the legal profession and securing a training contract can sometimes feel like an uphill battle.
In this interactive event, Wahida Mukadam, our learning and development business partner examines some of the potential highs and lows of your journey and what might help to keep you going when you need it most.
This interactive event is an excellent personal development opportunity, allowing you first hand experience of our award winning Academy and is one not to be missed!
Tuesday 15 December, 13.30 - 14.30
Did you know that less than 10% of our 2022 training contract applications made it to the assessment centre stage? Hannah Wright our early ambitions advisor takes you through her top tips on:
- How to let your personality shine through an application
- What to research in advance of completing your application and when to start
- How to craft an exceptional application that stands out to recruiters
This live event is ideal for anyone applying for training contracts or other opportunities, sign up today!
Tuesday 15 December, 16.30 - 17.30
Missing out this year on experiencing the life of a lawyer - we've got you covered.
In this webinar, we are joined by a variety of lawyers across different teams who will talk through what a typical day looks like. You will learn about the different areas they work in, the clients they work with, the teams they are part of and hear their advice for the lawyers of tomorrow.
It will be a great opportunity to explore the varying types of work we offer here - register today!
Wednesday 16 December
Wednesday 16 December, 10.30 - 11.30
We want to unlock the potential of our clients, our firm and each other.
In this unique event, we are joined by Mark Beesley, who started his career as a trainee solicitor at Shakespeare Martineau and is now managing director of our litigation, lime and corclaim teams. Louise Ingram will also be joining Mark, who is a partner in our real estate team and held various roles in the firm.
They will be reflecting on their pathways, sharing top tips, lessons they have learnt on their careers so far and answer any questions you may have on how you can develop your career at Shakespeare Martineau.
Wednesday 16 December, 13.30 - 14.30
Like many sectors, the legal sector is adapting to new ways of working and new challenges.
In this webinar, we explore what will have the biggest impact on the legal sector, Brexit or Covid-19?
- How are these two challenges changing the face of law?
- Which is going to have the biggest impact on our sector?
If you want to understand more about the impact of COVID-19 and Brexit on the legal industry and develop your commercial awareness this session is not to be missed.
Wednesday 16 December, 16.30 - 17.30
How do you feel about group activities at an assessment centre? Worried about how to get your voice heard in a virtual format?
In this group session, we simulate a group activity at an assessment centre, giving you the experience of working virtually with a group of strangers to complete a time-limited activity. This will help you prepare for the type of tasks you could expect at an assessment centre while giving you the opportunity to meet new people, develop your communication skills, and crush some problems along the way.
Register early to secure your place on this event.
Thursday 17 December
Thursday 17 December, 10.30 - 11.30
In this shed life special, you will have a unique opportunity to interact with our CEO, Sarah Walker-Smith, who will discuss her ambitions for the firm, our culture code, and why she considers future talent to be so important to our growth and us.
We expect this to be popular so sign up today!
Not sure what shed life's all about?
Visit our SHMA on-demand page here to find out more about them.
Thursday 17 December, 12.30 - 13.30
Rewarded, respected and fulfilled people are the key to the success of our teams.
In this event, Hannah Wright, our, early ambitions advisor, will take you through:
- Top tricks on how to get the most out of your assessment process,
- What a typical assessment day looks
- Advice on preparing for the day
- Tips to how to help you get the role that will kick start your legal career
Thursday 17 December, 14.30 - 16.00
Effective communication is essential in your role as a lawyer so in this Academy run session, our head of learning & development Jay Lutwyche will help you understand more about how you communicate, why you have the style you do and share ways to flex this in different situations to get the result you desire.
This is another great opportunity to experience the development we offer through our Academy first hand and develop your communication style along the way - sign up today!
Thursday 17 December, 16.30 - 17.30
What does it take to be a paralegal? What does a day in the life of a paralegal look like?
In this live Q&A webinar, you can ask our paralegals exactly what life is like here and why they chose to build their career at Shakespeare Martineau!
This is your opportunity to get the answers to your questions. Sign up today - we’re excited to see you there!
Friday 18 December
Friday 18 December, 10.30 - 11.30
Want to learn more about the upcoming changes to the route to becoming a solicitor and what this means for you?
Join Jay Lutwyche, our head of learning & development and The University of Law for this discussion into the new SQE route, what this means for you and the impact this could have on the future of the legal profession.
If you’re looking for more information about the SQE and how this impacts your ambitions then sign up today!
Friday 18 December, 12.30 - 13.30
Have you always wanted to see how you put your legal practice into a real case? Want to find out more about two of our most prominent cases?
Hear from three of our top lawyers in commercial litigation while they do a deep dive into two of their recent cases. This is your opportunity to learn exactly what a case in commercial litigation looks like, gain insight into the decision points and challenges that have to be met along the way and develop your knowledge of the legal profession.
Register your details below to be part of this unique event.
Friday 18 December, 14.30 - 15.30
In this live Q&A, Hannah Wright, our early ambitions advisor, will be joined by a representative from our recruitment team to answer any questions you have about the route to starting your legal career.
An event not to be missed if you have any questions on the application process.
We love people to ask questions live on the day but if you would prefer to ask one prior to the event don't forget to add your questions in the comment box when you register.
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