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Legal Practice Conversations

Legal Practice Conversations offers students the opportunity to meet solicitors and barristers, providing students with first-hand insight into how law works in practice – beyond case law and textbooks!

In each event, the invited solicitor or barrister discusses a reported case they advocated in and offers advice to students looking to pursue a career in practising law.

This initiative reflects a commitment by the school to extend its existing links with the profession in order to complement the teaching of law by academics and to provide students with an opportunity to ask questions about working in the law.

Students also benefit from the School of Law's 'Visiting Lawyer' initiative. Click here for current visiting lawyers.

These events are open to Birkbeck students and alumni. They are free to attend, however booking is required via the links below.

Upcoming events

James Whitaker (Autumn Term 2017) - Friday 27 October 2017, 18.30 - 20.30pm

James Whitaker is a senior associate at Mayer Brown, a leading international law firm. He is based in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group of the London office, specialising in insurance-related litigation and advising on policy coverage issues. He is also a Birkbeck alumnus!

James will be talking with Daniel Monk (Professor of Law at the School of Law, Birkbeck) about his career and the day-to-day life of working as a solicitor.

The conversation will also focus on the Kenyan Court of Appeal judgment in Kenya Pipeline Company Ltd v Glencore Energy (UK) Ltd (Civil Appeal Number 67 or 2014), which he is currently involved with. It is a complex, international case that is due to be heard before the Supreme Court of Kenya. The case involves the alleged misappropriation of large quantities of a refined petroleum product, gasoil, worth in excess of $40 million.

For media coverage of the case see here.

Book your place here.

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