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Life as a trainee at VWV Michael Delaney (Partner) www. vwv. co. uk | Life as a trainee at VWV Michael Delaney (Partner) www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

What we will be covering today • What is a lawyer? • Key facts What we will be covering today • What is a lawyer? • Key facts about VWV • Culture and ethos of the firm • Life as a trainee • Other activities • Top Tips www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

What is a lawyer? www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol What is a lawyer? www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

What kind of law interests me? Commercial Human Rights Criminal Property Litigation Law Niche What kind of law interests me? Commercial Human Rights Criminal Property Litigation Law Niche Family e. g. media, music, education… Corporate Private client www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

How can I become a lawyer? A Levels/IB Law Degree Non-law Degree GDL Paralegal/legal How can I become a lawyer? A Levels/IB Law Degree Non-law Degree GDL Paralegal/legal assistant Legal Practice Course Bar Professional Training Course CILEX Training Contract Pupillage Chartered Legal Executive Flexible law society CPE equivalent Professional Skills Course Solicitor Barrister www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

What is a training contract? • Period of training in a law firm before What is a training contract? • Period of training in a law firm before qualifying as a solicitor • During this time you are a ‘trainee solicitor’ • 2 years • 4 (or 6) seats in different departments • Exposure to a range of different types of law VWV trainee solicitors www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

What kind of law firm would suit me? • High street firm • Medium What kind of law firm would suit me? • High street firm • Medium sized firm • City firm www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

What should my next steps be? • Sixth form Think about which subjects to What should my next steps be? • Sixth form Think about which subjects to pick – academic with a good chance of high grades. Law is not necessary at this stage. • University Either law or non-law, do what you enjoy! Focus on traditional academic subjects. • Extra-curricular activities • Work experience • Current affairs/commercial awareness www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

VWV – key facts • Over 380 staff based in Bristol, London, Birmingham and VWV – key facts • Over 380 staff based in Bristol, London, Birmingham and Watford (50 in London) • Approximately 65 partners • Turnover £ 29 million • Full service law firm • Managing partner – Simon Heald (previous trainee of the firm) www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

Recruitment • Occurs 2 years before planned start date • Online application • Academic Recruitment • Occurs 2 years before planned start date • Online application • Academic qualifications • Successful completion of LPC • Relevant work experience • Extra-curriculum activities • Panel interview • Assessment day • Include • a presentation • a group activity • a written exercise www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

The Culture & Ethos at VWV • Approachable and easy to talk to • The Culture & Ethos at VWV • Approachable and easy to talk to • Individual approach to training due to size of firm and its culture • Core values: - Client at the centre of the firm - Teamwork and collaboration - Commercial approach • Awards − Tabitha Cave (Best Training Principal 2012, runner up 2013) − Jo Saye (nominated for allaboutlaw. Trainee Solicitor of the year 2013) − Lex 100 Award for the Friendliness of the Firm www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

Our trainees Bristol Trainees London Trainees www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Our trainees Bristol Trainees London Trainees www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

Our experience as trainees Corporate, Commercial and Charities/Pastoral Drafting variety of documents Attending client Our experience as trainees Corporate, Commercial and Charities/Pastoral Drafting variety of documents Attending client meetings/ regular client contact Preparing disclosure due diligence documents Registering charities with the Charities Commission Working on completion documentation and attending completion meetings www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

Our experience as trainees Employment/ Commercial Litigation Contracts, witness statements Liaising with Counsel, clients Our experience as trainees Employment/ Commercial Litigation Contracts, witness statements Liaising with Counsel, clients and other side re ET/EAT Writing articles for website and magazines, tweeting Conferences with Counsel and other side Preparing, drafting and filing judgment applications Attending hearings, filing & issuing docs at RCJ www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

Our experience as trainees Private Client Administration of estates Trusts Tax issues Wills and Our experience as trainees Private Client Administration of estates Trusts Tax issues Wills and codicils Lasting Powers of Attorney Legal research www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

Our experience as trainees Commercial Property/Property Litigation Real Estate Property Litigation Drafting & negotiating Our experience as trainees Commercial Property/Property Litigation Real Estate Property Litigation Drafting & negotiating Leases/licenses etc Preparing and delivering court bundles Liaising with clients Legal Research Completions Land Registration/Stamp Duty Land Tax Returns Court experience www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

Training • Very hands-on training • Induction programme • In-house training • Professional skills Training • Very hands-on training • Induction programme • In-house training • Professional skills course www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

Other activities • Corporate Social Responsibility Committee • Charities of the Year • Abseil Other activities • Corporate Social Responsibility Committee • Charities of the Year • Abseil down Senate House Library/bake sale • Sports and Social Committee • Legal. Upstarts networking dinner • Roped. In www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

Charity abseil www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Charity abseil www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

Top Tips • Apply for the vacation schemes • Look out for alternative routes Top Tips • Apply for the vacation schemes • Look out for alternative routes in – paralegal positions • Application form: focus on the core values • Follow us - @VWVCareers and @VWVLaw. Firm • http: //www. vwv. co. uk/careers/trainees/blog-and-trainee-profiles www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents

Michael Delaney Partner mdelaney@vwv. co. uk 01923 208817 Ellen Marsh Recruitment Manager emarsh@vwv. co. Michael Delaney Partner [email protected] co. uk 01923 208817 Ellen Marsh Recruitment Manager [email protected] co. uk www. vwv. co. uk | Offices in London, Watford, Bristol & Birmingham Lawyers & Parliamentary Agents