Teams from universities across the UK and Ireland were invited to submit a 350-word answer to the question, “What makes Norton Rose Fulbright and McLaren Mercedes such a great corporate partnership?”
The teams with the five strongest responses were then invited to attend the final at NRF’s London office. Here, they were presented with a mock scenario and tasked with providing commercial advice to a panel of judges, who then evaluated the entries according to the criteria including creativity, attention to detail and strength of argument.
Duncan Batchelor, trainee recruitment partner at NRF and one of the three participating judges, says: “Commercial awareness is crucial to our practice, and the Challenge enabled students to gain a unique insight into the relationships we have with our clients and how we work together to achieve great results.”
Fellow judge James Bower, Senior Partner Manager at McLaren Mercedes, adds: “The Challenge has been a unique way for Norton Rose Fulbright to engage with university students and provides another example of the breadth and depth of our partnership. We were really impressed with the quality of all the finalists.”
The Manchester team’s reward for victory was to secure a week’s work experience with NRF and also a trip to the McLaren Technology Centre.
The five ‘Great Partnership Challenge’ finalists: Bristol, Durham, Exeter, Manchester and Sheffield universities