The Lawyer Portal is excited to announce the launch of its latest conference, The TLP Apprentice Conference aimed at current apprentices in law firms.
Hosted in official partnership with The Law Society of England and Wales at their HQ in London, this event provides apprentices with a fantastic opportunity to develop the vital tools needed to accelerate the transition from academia to a professional business environment.
Apprentices will experience interactive workshops curated to hone essential skills in networking, impactful presence, efficient business writing and confident verbal communications delivered by a former senior City lawyer, BBC broadcaster and experienced global speaker.
A fun networking session will conclude our day together, designed to facilitate apprentices from the different organisations to meet and bond over drinks and canapes while putting into practice some of their newly learned skills.
TLP Apprentice Conference: Who should attend?
This event isn’t just aimed at those completing law apprenticeships such as solicitor, chartered legal executive and paralegal apprenticeships. We are also keen to welcome any apprentices working in a law firm setting whether it be HR apprentices, business apprentices, government law apprentices, civil service law apprentices or private sector apprentices working in legal practice.
TLP Apprentice Conference: Headline Speaker
We have partnered with highly experienced lawyer and dynamic trainer Olivia Stoddart to run this debut event. Olivia is the founding director of Impressions Executive Training that focuses on developing the talents and skills of people in the legal industry, particularly around impact.
Olivia’s clients include leading law firms globally and their client organisations. She helps to transform your people from good to excellent assets for your business through fast-paced, interactive, fun, job-focused workshops.
Formerly a broadcaster with the BBC, Olivia began her legal journey with magic circle law firm Allen and Overy, where she trained and practised as a solicitor before joining Herbert Smith Freehills’ learning and development team, designing and delivering customised training for its offices across the world.
TLP Apprentice Conference: Timetable
13:30 – 14:00 Welcome tea/coffee and presentation from The Law Society
14:00 – 15:50 Workshop 1: High-Impact Business Writing for the Digital Age – delivered by Olivia Stoddart
15:50 – 16:10 Tea and coffee break
16:10 – 18:00 Workshop 2: Let’s Get Visible. Practical Strategies for Creating a Professional Presence and Network – delivered by Olivia Stoddart
18:00 – 20:00 Drinks and Canapes: Peer Networking
TLP Apprentice Conference: Workshop Outlines
Workshop 1: High-Impact Business Writing for the Digital Age
This practical workshop has been designed to provide apprentices with tips and best practice ideas in relation to writing letters, emails, memos and reports enabling their reader to instantly understand their message and take them seriously. The workshop will help apprentices to understand how the modern business reader reads and what they pay attention to and why. Apprentices will learn how to create professional business communications that carry impact to secure their fledgling reputation as a credible and trusted communicator. Apprentices will appreciate why an academic style of writing is not effective in business.
This interactive workshop will cover:
An appreciation of how readers read and process information in the digital age and how this affects how apprentices should write
How to write to engage time-poor information-saturated readers
Being concise and clear and use of plain language
Creating emails that get attention
How to be more persuasive in email
How structure, style and tone can help to get an apprentice’s message across
Workshop 2: Let’s Get Visible. Practical Strategies for Creating a Professional Presence and Network
Small fish. Big pond. This workshop has been designed to equip apprentices with profile-raising strategies to get themselves known internally and build up their contacts externally.
The workshop will provide apprentices with:
An understanding of how to differentiate themselves effectively in the internal and external market place
An awareness of their personal brand and how to market this
Means of raising their profile appropriately
Some top tips to feel confident in the office environment and at networking events
An understanding of how to leverage a network of colleagues and personal contacts in support of BD related objectives – it’s never too early to start!