Pupils Mingle with Solicitors and Barristers at Law Business Network

The Law Society Business Network took place on Thursday 6 June 2019. Simon Hodson (Olds 1969-1974) of DAC Beachcroft kindly hosted the event at his firm’s brand new offices at the Walbrook Building at the heart of London. Andrew Onslow QC (Field’s 1970-1974) of 3 Verulam Buildings provided his perspective on the highs and lows of a career in law as a barrister. Jenny Carter-Manning (Manor 1991-1993) provided a candid and useful outline of life a criminal barrister, which provided pupils with plenty of food for thought. Jonathan Williams (Field’s 1968-1973) highlighted the various options available to those interested in law, such as working in the provinces instead of in the city and the different routes available to becoming a solicitor.

We were delighted to welcome fifteen current pupils from the Sixth Form to the event, accompanied by Nat Payne, Head of Higher Education at Lancing.

Mr Payne said: ‘This trip saw 15 current pupils mingling with a host of parents and OLs from all walks of the legal profession, gleaning lots of excellent and sage advice on a career in law. The pupils met a range of barristers, solicitors, in-house lawyers, lawyers in training and undergraduates, getting a real sense of how to begin a legal career and how to succeed in a tough, competitive industry. The pupils came away well-informed, buzzing with excitement and keen to start their journeys.’

These friendly and informative networking events are a great way to meet and connect professionally with other members of the Lancing Community from a particular industry in a social environment. The Lancing family consists of over 10,000 people and the connections within it are extensive and provide really valuable networking opportunities for OLs, parents and pupils.

If you are interested in hosting a future event or would like to know more about other business networks, please contact Natacha Skelton, Foundation Manager, at nskelton@lancing.org.uk