Digby Brown Solicitors at Law Fairs 2014

People on their way to work

Last week saw Digby Brown at Edinburgh University’s Law Fair 2014.  We will be at a number of other Law Fairs around Scotland over the next few weeks. Our teams at the fairs, led by our HR Manager Siobhan Swanney, will be more than happy to have a chat and answer any questions you might have.

Digby Brown trainee solicitors speaking to Edinburgh law students about a traineeships at Digby Brown

Digby Brown’s Saira Ghulam sharing top tips for applying for traineeships at Edinburgh University’s Law Fair last week.

A full list of the law fairs we’ll be at in September / October is below:

  • Wednesday 24th September – Dundee University
  • Thursday 25th September – Aberdeen University
  • Thursday October 2nd – Robert Gordon University
  • Wednesday October 8th – Glasgow University
  • Thursday October 9th – Strathclyde University

Digby Brown’s Aimee Doran on why Law Fairs are so valuable

"As someone who is not long out of the recruitment process, law fair’s have become all too familiar to me over the years. The biggest benefit is that you get the opportunity to speak with real people, ask questions and get answers there and then. You can peruse through countless firm websites and know them inside out, but you never get to speak with anyone. Law Fair’s are a safer and less scary way of presenting yourself to a firm and for getting some invaluable information about the firm and their recruitment processes and requirements.

It really helps to speak with those who have already got a training contact in a more casual environment, and likewise we trainees can represent our experience enthusiastically and provide encouragement to students. The Law Fair environment give a better representation of what a firm is really like. You can see the type of person who works there and the impression you receive off the staff who are on the stalls lasts longer than one may initially think. Students often talk amongst themselves about prospective firms and where to apply to, and will give advise to friends that they got a ‘good vibe’ from a certain firm. Firms who represent a 'steely' and 'cold' attitude toward prospective trainees at the law fair were much talked about, and not for the right reasons.

When you visit a law fair not only do you see the type of person who works there and can discuss different aspects of the firm, it helps students to base their decision about which firm to apply to. Deciding where you would like to apply to can be a daunting process, and picking the right place is key. Therefore law fair's are critical in ruling out the who's who, and the 'I definitely won't!'

It helps to meet people that you think you would see yourself working with, or like to work with in the future. We can discuss things that may not be so obvious on the website like some of the great charity work we do internally as a firm for our charity of the year, our continued professional development i.e. Nigel Tomkins and other great events (Day Away etc.).

Overall and simply put, it is not only beneficial in recruiting new talent, but important for us to market and display ourselves in a way that attracts the type of people that we want to join us. Recruiting fresh talent is obviously pivotal for us to continue the growth and success of the firm centred around excellent client care."

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