Yesterday, we were joined by none other than Tom Leech QC and Emily Blanshard for a talk on alternative careers for advocates.
Tom enjoyed an illustrious career at the Bar as a tenant at Maitland Chambers. Having attained the prestigious rank of Queens Counsel and appearing in several landmark cases such as Target Holdings v Redferns, in 2005 Tom made the move to Herbert Smith Freehills as a Partner of their in-house advocacy unit.
Emily is an associate at HSF, specialising in arbitration, and graduated from Southampton University before going on to the GDL and eventually working for the firm.
The unit deals with all sorts of work and members regularly appear in court and at arbitration hearings and one can access this sort of advocacy related work by qualifying as a solicitor and ascending the ranks in HSF, rather than going to the Bar.
The talk highlighted the differences and similarities of the two routes, and demonstrated that HSF can provide a genuine alternative to those who wish to pursue advocacy related work albeit not in the context of the self-employed bar.
Thank you to everyone who attended and to Tom, Emily and Herbert Smith Freehills for helping us provide this insightful and unique event.