by Kerryn Woollett, Senior Solicitor
NWL Legal recently took part in De Montfort University’s (DMU) Legal Networking Event held over 3 days from 15 to 17 November 2021.
NWL Legal delivered a webinar providing students with an insight into what it’s like to work in the Legal Team at a Local Authority.
Local Authorities are a pivotal part of government and provide a vital role for local communities, however, sometimes the career opportunities at Local Authorities are not realised.
DMU’s Legal Networking Event gave NWL Legal the opportunity to promote the work it does for the district to aspiring law students to help them consider a career in Local Government. Work includes regulatory enforcement such as licensing, statutory nuisance, health and safety, and housing conditions as well as planning, commercial and property law.
Legal work carried out by NWL Legal’s is complex and varied and offers students a challenging and exciting career.
NWL Legal’s trainee solicitor also took part in the webinar and offered students a valuable insight into what it’s like undertaking a training contract with a Local Authority. The benefits are being able to carry out work in a number of different areas of law simultaneously as well as the high level of support offered by team members. Working in a small legal team also gives the trainee the opportunity to get involved in legal work, such as legal research and managing her own files, from an early stage.
In addition to the webinar, NWL Legal’s Team Manager also delivered 1 to 1 sessions with students. This enabled students to have individual time with a highly experienced solicitor where they could ask all those burning questions about what a career in law is really like.
NWL Legal is grateful to DMU for the opportunity to participate in this event and looks forward to working with DMU in the future.
NWL Legal has also been getting back into to the “real world”. NWL Legal attended both the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) conference in October and the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) conference in November. These conferences offered delegates the option of attending in person or online. It was about a 50/50 split between online attendees and face to face attendees, showing the convenience provided by the virtual world will ensure virtual conferences/meetings etc. are here to stay. However, NWL Legal chose to attend in person where it had an exhibitors stall. It was great to see people in the flesh and have them pop over to our stall to discuss all things legal but not only that, just to have a friendly chat.
These conferences were well received by all and NWL Legal looks forward to being involved again in the future.