The new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) – Updated June 2020

In 2021 the route to qualifying as a solicitor will change with the introduction of the new SQE exam.  Under the new system you’ll need 4 things to qualify: a degree (any subject) or equivalent; pass stages 1 and 2 of the SQE: SQE1 focuses on legal knowledge; SQE2 on practical legal skills (SQE1 must … More The new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) – Updated June 2020

How to convert your vacation scheme into a training contract offer

Demi Joannides is in the final year of her law degree at Warwick and has successfully converted a vacation scheme into a training contract offer at top city firm Herbert Smith Freehills, where she is now a future trainee. She also secured a place on their international vacation scheme and recently spent two weeks in … More How to convert your vacation scheme into a training contract offer

Aligning Yourself to the Firm in Applications and Interviews

I once asked a family friend what the secret to her long and happy marriage was. Her answer? “Shared values”. That’s all she said. She made it sound so achievable in its simplicity…. So, is that really the secret to every successful long-term relationship, marriage or otherwise? It certainly seems that most law firms agree … More Aligning Yourself to the Firm in Applications and Interviews

What are commercial firms currently looking for in future trainees?

Think you know? You should do! That old chestnut – Commercial Awareness. I’ve heard and seen it described in all manner of ways but for me, the most straightforward way of understanding commercial awareness in this context can be summed up as “knowing what your client wants to achieve and how to use the law to … More What are commercial firms currently looking for in future trainees?