Interviews

Legal industry professionals offer their insights exclusively to TSL.

Interview with Alicia Loh, trainee solicitor at Shearman & Sterling

In this article, Crystal Huang interviews Alicia Loh, a trainee solicitor at Shearman & Sterling. Alicia shares her experience as a third-seat trainee and some of the skills required both as a trainee and to be successful on a vacation scheme at the firm.

Interview with Christine Steel, Chief Connector for Mobile Minds by Design

In this article, Enakshi Khasriya interviews Christine Steel, the Chief Connector for Mobile Minds by Design, where she connects students to experts in their field including law students and provides an extra layer of support for students when they need it the most. 

Interview with Matt Gingell on his Bitesized UK Employment Law Channel

Interview with specialist employment lawyer and legal commentator Matt Gingell.

Interview with James Richardson from Law Answered

In this interview, James provides insight into his journey to becoming a qualified solicitor and why he decided to start Law Answered.

Interview with Ruth Reid, Barrister at Three Temple Gardens Chambers and founder of Cake and Counsel

In this article, Enakshi Khasriya interviews Ruth Reid, a barrister at Three Temple Gardens Chambers and founder of Cake and Counsel. Ruth shares her journey into law and the barriers she has overcome during her career.

Interview with Molly Lewis, an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and board member of PRIME

In this article, Enakshi Khasriya interviews Molly Lewis, an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Having recently qualified, Molly is now in the commercial disputes team. Molly shares her journey into law, transition from trainee solicitor to associate and the impact of Covid-19 on her work.

Interview with Declan McLoughlin, a pro bono legal assistant, future trainee at Linklaters and founder of the charity Channels

In this article, Storm Evans interviews Declan McLoughlin, a pro bono legal assistant and future trainee at Linklaters. Declan set up his own charity, Channels, and is a strong advocate for social mobility. In this interview, he discusses the motivation behind his charity work, as well as his experience with Linklaters.

Interview with UN Women UK Warwick, a student body raising gender equality awareness

In this interview, TSL talks to a representative from UN Women UK Warwick on how to approach the social movement addressing persistent breach of human rights as a student body. Read more to find out how to balance student environment with campaigning.

Interview with Yasmina Kone, graduate recruitment specialist at Clifford Chance

In this article, Crystal Huang interviews Yasmina Kone, a graduate recruitment specialist at Clifford Chance. She looks after the firm’s IGNITE training contract, LIFT programme (learning internships for future trainees), SPARK scheme, ethnic diversity initiatives and the selection process. Prior to joining Clifford Chance, Yasmina worked at Rare, a multi-award-winning diversity recruitment company.

Interview with Mark Robinson, a consultant solicitor and a police station representative

In this article, Anu Radha Lal interviews Mark Robinson, a Consultant Solicitor and a Police Station Representative. He shares his interesting journey into law and how he used his unique selling point to stand out.

Interview with Olivia Archibald, future trainee solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

In this article, Crystal Huang interviews Olivia Archibald, future Trainee Solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Olivia shares her tips when applying for training contracts and her decision of choosing to train at Freshfields.

Interview with Charlie Madill, trainee solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills

In this article, Storm Evans interviews Charlie Madill, a trainee solicitor at global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Charlie shares her journey to obtaining her training contract at HSF and gives insight into what training at the firm has involved so far. She also gives some advice to aspiring HSF trainees.

Interview with Amber Parslow, future trainee solicitor at Baker McKenzie

In this article, Crystal Huang interviews Amber Parslow, current paralegal and future trainee solicitor at Baker McKenzie. Having graduated with a first-class LLB degree, Amber shares the steps she took to increase her experience and put herself out there.

Interview with Jake Schogger, qualified lawyer, entrepreneur and author

In this article, Meagan Leightley interviews Jake Schogger, qualified lawyer and author of the well-known City Career Series which offers a comprehensive range of resources directly relevant to the recruitment process for a wide variety of City careers. In this interview, Jake shares some insight into his journey and how he has transitioned to an entrepreneur with an exciting release coming up soon!

Interview with Stephanie Anais, President of the Birkbeck Law Society

TSL speaks to Stephanie Anais, President of the Birkbeck law society and the latest TSL law society partner.

Interview with Harrison Wilde, recent Law graduate and Instagram blogger

In this article, Beth Zheng interviews Harrison Wilde, recent Law graduate and Instagram legal personality @harryslawlife to discuss his future plans, personal branding and new upcoming project on @legallysupported.

Interview with Max Dixon, a future trainee solicitor at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

In this article, Jordan Chan interviews Max Dixon, a future Trainee Solicitor at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. Max shares his aspirations and the reasons that led him to choosing his dream firm. 

Interview with Tracy Tsao, a future trainee solicitor at Rosenblatt

In this article, Storm Evans interviews Tracy Tsao, a future trainee solicitor at Rosenblatt who discusses her legal journey and her experience in obtaining a training contract.

Interview with Mansi Dwivedi, President of the University of Edinburgh BAME Law Society

The University of Edinburgh BAME Law Society is a new society for BAME students at Edinburgh and is also the latest member of the TSL & Soc law society partnership program. We recently sat down with one of its founders and this year’s President, Mansi Dwivedi  to find out what the society is doing to help law BAME students at Edinburgh.

Activism & Improving Access to Legal Careers – Interview with Zeenat Islam

In this article, Anu Radha Lal interviews Zeenat Islam, barrister and founder of REDEFINED: Learning for Lawyers, about promoting diversity in the legal profession.

Interview with Penny Jones, President of the University of Sunderland Student Law Society

The University of Sunderland Student Law Society is the latest member of the TSL & Soc law society partnership program. We recently sat down with its […]

Interview with Helen Broadbridge, Trainee Solicitor of Macfarlanes

In this article, Stephanie Anais interviews Helen Broadbridge, trainee solicitor at Macfarlanes and author of Forgetting May

Interview with Hannah Salton, qualified career coach and former recruiter for A&O

In this article, Hannah Salton, qualified career coach and former recruiter for A&O discusses recruitment, networking and working with student lawyers.

Interview with Jessica Hampson of CEL Solicitors- Liverpool

In this article, Jessica Hampson talks about her journey into law, running her own law firm and the challenges that she has been met with.

Interview with Lorraine Chimbga, future trainee at a Magic Circle Law Firm

Meagan interviews Lorraine Chimbga, future tech trainee at a Magic Circle Firm. They discuss entering into the legal sector, BLM, and improving diversity

Interview with Paula Sparks of UK Centre for Animal Law

In this article, Paula shares her journey from practicing law to becoming A-Law’s Chair and gives advice for students that have an interest in animal law.

Interview with Maggie Berry, President of the UEA Law Society

The University of East Anglia Law Society are the newest member of the TSL Law Society Scheme. We recently sat down with their President Maggie Berry […]

Interview with Adam Furze, President of the University of Portsmouth Law Society

The University of Portsmouth Law Society are the newest member of the TSL Law Society Scheme. We recently sat down with their President Adam Furze to […]

Interview with Hannah Foley of Kissoon Carr

Beth Zheng interviews Hannah Foley, the Head of Corporate & Projects Recruitment and Branding & Social Media at Kissoon Carr. Hannah gives an insight into how students and solicitors alike can utilise LinkedIn to strengthen their connections.

Interview with Tate Smith, Junior Legal Secretary at Clifford Chance and undergraduate at Birkbeck, University of London

Meagan Leightley interviews Tate Smith Junior Legal Secretary at Clifford Chance and undergraduate at Birbeck, University of London. Tate is a Trans Representative at his Students Union and is Director of Firm Outreach at Queer Lawyers of Tomorrow a network for LGBTQ+ aspiring lawyers.

Interview with Malvika Jaganmohan, family law barrister and founder of Stiff Upper Lip Website

Anu Lal interviews family barrister, Malvika Jaganmohan who shares her mental health experiences and how aspiring lawyers can maintain their mental wellbeing in pursuit of a legal career.

Interview with Sheata Karim, Founder and Managing Partner of Grayfords

Gwen Lardner interviews Sheata Karim, career changer who founded and is the managing partner of Grayfords, a boutique family law firm in London.

Interview with Venandah Madanhi, future trainee at Latham & Watkins

Beth interviews Venandah Madanhi about her journey to securing a training contract with Latham & Watkins.

Interview with Sarah Ezzeddine, Chairperson of University of Leicester Law Society

We chat to Sarah Ezzeddine, chairperson of the University of Leicester Law Society, the latest member of the TSL Law Society Partnership Scheme.

Interview with Saima Islam, Solicitor at Freeths LLP

Saima Islam speaks to Zainab Hassan about her career journey to-date, and provides valuable advice to aspiring solicitors.

Interview with Justin Mort QC, Keating Chambers

Justin Mort QC speaks to Beth Zheng about his motivation for becoming a barrister and his tips on what aspiring barristers can do to get ahead in the early stages of their career.

Interview with Clive Moys, barrister at Radcliffe Chambers

Clive Moys (barrister at Radcliffe Chambers) speaks to Stephanie Anais about his career journey to-date, and provides valuable advice to aspiring barristers.

Interview with in-house trainee solicitor, Jahed Hussain

Zainab Hassan interviews in-house trainee solicitor, Jahed Hussain, about his career journey to-date.

The ICCA Bar Course: Interview with Lynda Gibbs QC (Hon), Dean of the ICCA

An interview with Lynda Gibbs QC (Hons), the Dean of the ICCA, discussing the ICCA bar course, a new route to qualification as a barrister.

Interview with Raphael Khoo, future Magic Circle trainee

Zainab Hassan interviews future Magic Circle trainee, Raphael Khoo, who shares his top tips on how to make successful training contract applications

Interview with Oliver Byrne: equivalent means route to qualifying as a solicitor

Camilla Uppal speaks to Oliver Byrne about how he qualified as a solicitor without securing a training contract.

Interview with Thom Brooks, current Dean of Durham Law School

Beth Zheng interviews Thom Brooks, current Dean of Durham Law School.

Interview with Raluca Rosu, Compliance Officer at Bird & Bird

Zainab Hassan speaks to Raluca about her career as a compliance officer at an international law firm.

Interview with Annabel Gallocher, future trainee at Clyde & Co

Beth Zheng interviews a future trainee at Clyde & Co for advice on how to secure a training contract.

Interview with a Magic Circle trainee

Zainab Hassan interviews a Magic Circle trainee who provides advice to those currently going through the application process

Why become a barrister? With Malcolm Waters QC

Stephanie Anais interviews Malcolm Waters QC, who explains why he became a barrister and explains some of the the biggest challenges he has faced in his career.

Interview with Harry Clark, future trainee at Baker McKenzie

Zainab Hassan interviews Harry Clark, future trainee at Baker McKenzie. Harry shares how to decide which law firms to apply to, and how to stand out in applications.

Globalisation in Action: Two British Students’ Accounts of Legal Internships in China

Article by Nichol Yesuthasan and Kirsten Holtby My name is Nichol and this summer, I was lucky enough to complete a CRCC Asia British Council Generation […]

An Interview with Emma Lilley: How to Get an In-house Training Contract

Emma Lilley is an in-house solicitor at the Manchester Airport Group.  While she already knew as a student that she wanted to take the in-house route […]

Interview with J. Daniel Jung, Director at Abraham Lincoln University School of Law

Remi Alli provides us with this fascinating and informative interview with J. Daniel Jung, Esq., Director at Abraham Lincoln University School of Law. He delves into what he sees students and graduates doing wrong when trying to seek further legal employment.

Interview with University of London Law Society

What is it about the University of London Law Society that makes it wholesome, inclusive, and a great social place? A system of free membership ensures […]

Interview with Luke Peake, CEO of Virtual Internships

Luke Pearce CEO of Virtual Internships sits down with Emma Hamnett to discuss all things about Virtual Internships and what the company is about .

Interview with Louis Huglin – Associate in Film, TV & Theatre at Harbottle & Lewis

Louis Huglin is an Associate in Film, TV & Theatre at UK-based law firm Harbottle & Lewis. Our Deputy Editorial Content Manager spoke to Louis about […]

Brexit & Its Implications For Law Firms

We were joined by Grad Recruiter, Ed Walker to discuss Brexit & its implications for Law Firms and also how to tackle these key commercial awareness topics in applications and interviews.

Practising Law as a Global Citizen

On Monday, in partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills and CRCC Asia, we held a Facebook Live Event on Practising Law as a Global Citizen. Our speakers […]

The Psychology of Lawyers Explored

  The Student Lawyer’s Joseph Docherty has been speaking with Edward Walker, former Graduate Recruitment Manager at Pinsent Masons, about his insightful research into the psychology […]

Interview with Andrew Arruda – CEO and Co Founder of ROSS Intelligence

Andrew Arruda is the CEO and Co-Founder of ROSS Intelligence, an artificially intelligent lawyer built on Watson, IBM’s cognitive computer. Commonly referred to as ‘the smartest lawyer’, ROSS is trained to read the law, understand and answer research questions, getting smarter each time.

Since its launch, ROSS has been featured worldwide in magazines and newspapers, such as TechCrunch, Wired, New Scientist, Financial Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian. TSL’s Deputy Editorial Content Manager, spoke to Andrew about ROSS and the impact AI could have on the legal profession.

Interview: Second Year Trainee

Milly Bygrave interviews Charlotte Allen (trainee at Blake Lapthorn) to gain insight into her career motivation, journey through the application process and her role as a trainee solicitor.

Interview: Associate Head of the School of Law, Accounting and Finance

Gemma Smith interviews Karen Jones, the associate head of the School of Law, Accounting and Finance at the University of South Wales, for an insight into her role which includes the steps she took to get to her current position as well as providing some tips in relation to securing work experience.

Interview: Head of the School of Law

Gemma Smith interviews Donna Whitehead for insight into her role as the Head of the School of Law, including the steps she took to reach that position and advice on work experience.