Learn what it's really like to be a barrister or solicitor. At this year's Law Forum we'll be joined by representatives from a wide range of legal careers, from public sector to in-house to major city firms. You'll hear how each of the speakers got where they are in the profession, and what the job is really like. You'll have the chance to ask questions and pick up some tips on anything from networking to getting qualified to the interview process.
This year's speakers will be:
Rachel Pearson, Trainee Solicitor, RadcliffesLeBrasseur
Rachel Pearson is a trainee solicitor at RadcliffesLeBrasseur, one of the UK's leading medium sized law firms. After graduating with a first from Royal Holloway's History department in 2010 she spent a year as President of the SU before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) in 2012. She joined SGH Martineau in 2013 and in 2015 moved to RadcliffesLeBrasseur. She was shortlisted for Trainee of the Year at the Birmingham Legal Society Awards and was recently interviewed by Lawyer2B.
Joseph Lloyd, Senior Legal Counsel, The AA
Joseph Lloyd graduated from Royal Holloway’s Classics department in 2004 and took the GDL and LPC at the University of Law in Guildford. Before joining The AA plc as an In-House Senior Legal Counsel in 2014 he worked at several medium-sized law firms and an international publishing house advising on professional regulation, copyright law, commercial contracts and intellectual property.
Declan O'Callaghan, Barrister, Landmark Chambers
Declan O'Callaghan was called to the Bar in 1995. The Legal 500 lists him in the top tier of leading Junior Counsel for Administrative and Public law. He is instructed in a wide range of cases including immigration, parole, homelessness and mental health matters. He is presently acting as Amicus to the Ugandan High Court in over 600 death penalty cases, presents seminars on human rights to judges in Europe, Asia and Africa and regularly works on behalf of NGOs, including The Centre for Capital Punishment Studies (death penalty), Democratic Progress Institute (conflict resolution/ democratic advancement) and the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens. He is a patron of the Hackney Community Law Centre.
Pam Lockley, Lawyer, Government Legal Department
Pam was called to the Bar in 2009 and worked in various legal roles before qualifying: as an in-house Court/Tribunal Advocate for a nationally based firm of solicitors, in the employment team of a London law centre, and for a firm of property lawyers. Pam cross qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and began work as an in-house legal counsel for a globally based internet auctioneer. Pam began work as a Legal Advisor for the Department of Transport in April 2014. She has worked on the tendering and management of railway franchises and currently advises on HS2 property compensation. Before training as a lawyer, Pam was Managing Director of a Housing Association following a career in local government.
Shyam Dhir, Crime Trainee Solicitor, and Pavandeep Bassi, Immigration Solicitor, Duncan Lewis Solicitors
Shyam joined Duncan Lewis in September 2014 as a Trainee Solicitor in the Business Immigration department. Shyam studied Law at Kingston University and went on and to complete his Legal Practice Course from the University of Law, Guildford. Shyam is Police Station qualified and obtained his Police Station Accreditation from Cardiff University in June 2014. This enables him to attend Police Stations across the UK to represent individuals who face criminal charges.
Pavandeep joined Duncan Lewis in March 2010 and is currently an Immigration Solicitor. Pavandeep has 4 years’ Immigration Law experience assisting in legal aid, private and corporate immigration and is accredited as a Law Society Senior Immigration Advisor.
Nicholas Jamison, Partner, Horne Engall and Freeman
Nicholas qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and became a Partner in 1992. He specialises in family law and civil litigation and is also a Notary Public, undertaking work for substantial public companies through to private individuals who require notarial work. He is based at the Egham office of Horne Engall & Freeman LLP.