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“Spotlight on - The Warwickshire Law Society Young Lawyers’ Group Mentoring Scheme

 

In January 2015 the Young Lawyers piloted a mentoring scheme with Coventry University. The Scheme saw the Young Lawyers Committee along with a handful of Young Lawyers’ members give guidance and ……….. Scroll Down to read more

 

 

“Henry Whitney puts the Young Lawyers into the History Books

 

As the world is celebrating the birthday of William Shakespeare and all eyes are on Stratford-upon-Avon, we are considering the history of another nearby town. Not so far away from Stratford-upon-Avon lies Guy’s Cliffe, a small hamlet on the Coventry Road between Warwick and Leek Wootton. The history of Guy’s Cliffe dates back to when the land was occupied by the Saxons, and……….. Scroll Down to read more

 

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Spotlight on - The Warwickshire Law Society Young Lawyers’ Group

Mentoring Scheme

 

In January 2015 the Young Lawyers piloted a mentoring scheme with Coventry University. The Scheme saw the Young Lawyers Committee along with a handful of Young Lawyers’ members give guidance and support to 12 second and third year law students from Coventry University.

 

The pilot scheme was so successful that the Scheme now has 35 mentors who are assigned to 35 students however many of the mentors have also continued a relationship with their 2015 mentees. The Scheme encourages the students to communicate regularly with their mentor who is on hand to provide careers advice, CV guidance, alternative route information or even just an ear.

 

Paula Banu is a student in her third year of studying an International Law degree and mentee of Immediate Past Chair, Shakespeare Martineau’s Hannah Bates. When asked about the benefits of the Mentoring Scheme, Paula said “I found the application process for vacation schemes and training contracts particularly daunting, and after receiving a few negative replies, I lost a lot of confidence. Being part of the Mentoring Scheme has been very inspirational; discussing my career development and my prospects with Hannah has re-instated my motivation. I have also been able to attend various networking events and meet other professionals within the legal industry. As a result, I have successfully been able to secure two work placements for the summer.”

 

Hannah added “being a mentor within the WLS Mentoring Scheme is very rewarding. It has been a pleasure working with Paula over the past 2 years. I am so proud to see how Paula has developed in her academic career and improved her legal experience. I am really pleased to have been able to provide Paula with help and guidance as she starts her career to becoming a solicitor.”

 

Current Chair, Brethertons’ Laura Stuart agreed and added “as a mentor I find the experience very fulfilling.  I still keep in touch with my mentee from last year and meet my mentee this year on a regular basis. I have offered support and advice on the transition from higher education to working in the legal industry and in particular provided guidance in relation to alternative routes into law.

Mentee of Laura, Olivia Perera is in her second year of study for a Law degree and when asked about her experience she said "Laura has provided me with guidance on the different routes into law and has offered invaluable advice to help choose my career path. Laura has supported me by meeting me to go through my CV and always being on the end of the phone if I need any advice. I also shadowed her in her working environment and I was able to witness how lawyers interact with their clients and experience first hand how law is applied to every day scenarios. The experience I have gained through the Mentoring Scheme has immensely benefited me in choosing my future carer path and in deciding what area of law I wish to specialise in." 

Harriet Lodge, Lecturer at Coventry University and who takes the lead in organising the Coventry University mentees commented “the Mentoring Scheme has been invaluable to our students in many ways. They now have professional relationships in their future profession and are more prepared for the realities of life as a solicitor. If anything, this has made them even more eager to succeed. If you are thinking about become involved with the Scheme, I really encourage you to do so as it very much makes a difference to the students.”

The Warwickshire Law Society Young Lawyers’ Group Mentoring Scheme runs each year from November to June, and we invite all Young Lawyers’ members to become mentors. If you would like to know more about the Mentoring Scheme or the get involved please do not hesitate to contact us, we are keen to hear from both mentors and mentees.

 

Also if you would like to share your experience of being a mentor or a mentee, please do so on our Facebook page ‘Warwickshire Young Lawyers’ or on Twitter @wls_ylg.

 

 

Henry Whitney puts the Young Lawyers into the History Books

 

As the world is celebrating the birthday of William Shakespeare and all eyes are on Stratford-upon-Avon, we are considering the history of another nearby town. Not so far away from Stratford-upon-Avon lies Guy’s Cliffe, a small hamlet on the Coventry Road between Warwick and Leek Wootton. The history of Guy’s Cliffe dates back to when the land was occupied by the Saxons, and derives its name from the famous Guy of Warwick. Although legend will tell you that Guy of Warwick lived out his later years as a hermit in a cave off the River Avon, his cave was a vast estate that included a house, a mill, a stables and a chantry.

 

However, it was King Henry V who established a chapel at Guy’s Cliffe in the 15th Century, in later years this became a timber framed house and even a hospital during the World Wars.

 

For many this may be the first you have heard of Guy’s Cliffe, however if I were to mention the Saxon Mill – bells may start ringing!

 

We take this quick peak into the history books in consideration of the small piece of history that has been donated to the WLS Young Lawyers by Mr Henry Whitney of Kunderts LLP. Mr Whitney has kindly donated a gavel and stop which he won as a young lawyer in a mooting competition over 30 years ago. The gavel and stop were carved from the original timbers of Guy’s Cliffe Chapel and it was then donated to the Coventry Law Students in December 1957 by Mr J Arch.

 

WLS Young Lawyers’ NJLD Representative Sarabjit Nijjar of Keoghs said “this is an amazing piece of history and a generous donation from Mr Whitney.” Chair, Laura Stuart of Brethertons added “We have decided that this will be passed from Chair to Chair to make the achievement of that young lawyer’s place in the history books.”

 

When thanked for his donation, Mr Whitney said “it is in better and more appropriate hands now.”

 

Hannah Bates, Immediate Past Chair, Shakespeare Martineau LLP

April 2016

 

 

 


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