Last night, the Birmingham office of BCL Legal staged a careers seminar in conjunction with the Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society (BTSS) and Gateley LLP which aimed to provide help and assistance with the issues that trainee lawyers face when approaching qualification.
Over 50 people attended and heard key note speeches from Nick Fear – senior associate at BCL Legal – and Pam Scott, a partner at Gateley and head of its plot team in the Residential Development Unit.
Nick covered a variety of topics including what makes a great CV, interview techniques, salaries and the state of market; whilst Pam discussed what partners at law firms look for when recruiting newly qualified solicitors, the difference in expectations between being a trainee and a newly qualified solicitor as well as her own career journey to partnership.
Following the presentation, there was a breakout session where delegates were able to raise questions in a more confidential manner.
The BTSS is an organisation made up of trainee solicitors, paralegals, newly qualified solicitors and post-graduate law students from across Birmingham and the West Midlands. Originally an off-shoot of the Birmingham Law Society, the BTSS has been operating for 173 years and remains as active as ever.
Each month it hosts a range of social, sporting, cultural and charitable events with the aim of bringing young lawyers together and raising their profiles across the city and beyond. It is keen to also promote corporate social responsibility so that members make a positive and lasting impact in the local community.
Nick Fear said: “Trainee lawyers face many challenges so the purpose of this event was to discuss them head on and to provide practical advice and insight. It was a great success and we are hoping to stage more of the same with the BTSS and Gateley.”