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Legal Practice Conversations

These events give students the opportunity to meet solicitors and barristers and get first-hand insight into how the law works in practice. At each event, the invited speakers discuss a reported case they advocated in and offer advice to students looking to pursue a law career. 

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march 2019

David Ruebain, Chief Executive or Equality Challenge unit, spoke about his distinguished career and legal practice and the role of law as a tool for change, particularly in the fields of equality and human rights.

October 2018 

Simon Davis, a partner at Clifford Chance, spoke about his career and the case of International Tennis Federation and World Anti-Doping Agency v Richard Gasquet (2009) before the Court of Arbitration for Sport

March 2018

Julia Gasparro, a barrister, discussed her career, her day-to-day work and a case in which the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants instructed her to act

October 2017

James Whitaker, a Birkbeck alumnus and senior associate at Mayer Brown, discussed his career and the day-to-day life of working as a solicitor

February 2017

Heather Lawson, the director of recruitment agency Wells Tobias, discussed the employment opportunities and day-to-day life of legal executives working in private practice and as in-house legal experts in the private and public sectors

November 2016

Oliver Gilman, a senior lawyer with the Department of Health Government Legal Service, discussed the day-to-day life of working as a solicitor employed by the government and two cases: one relating to government aid to Ethiopia and another about junior doctors' conditions of employment

January 2016

Jennifer Bethlehem, a partner at Freshfields, discussed her role in the Pfizer/AstraZeneca takeover bid. 

February 2015

Marc Hanson and Emma Lawley, of Berwin Leighton Paisner, discussed building Westfield Stratford and the law. 

December 2014

Angela Jackman, a partner at Maxwell Gillott, discussed the NHS and abortion rights in Northern Ireland

November 2013

Angela Jackman, a partner at Maxwell Gillott, discussed the case, 'G. v St Gregory's Catholic Science College [2011] EWHC 1452'. 

March 2013

Anthony Metzer, from Argent Chambers, discussed the case, 'Hunt v AB [2009] EWCA Civ 1092' and a current group action against the Ministry of Defence before the War Pensions Tribunal, on behalf of veterans of the British 1950s nuclear testing programme on Christmas Island. 

October 2012

Noel Arnold, director of legal practice at Coram Children's Legal Centre, discussed 'Re M (Education: Section 91(14) Order) [2007] EWCA Civ 1550'.