The Lex 100 Podcast

The Lex 100 Podcast is all about information for aspiring solicitors and law students looking to train and study in the UK. Join The Lex 100, a comprehensive guide to the UK solicitor training and legal education, and its editor, Peter Tweedley, for quality discussions with industry leaders, universities and students on trends in current and future training and legal education as well as anecdotes you don’t hear or read in legal marketing. Whether you are just starting to think about becoming a lawyer, making a career change, or already on a training contract, this podcast is for you.  

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The Lex 100 Podcast Episode 9

In this episode, Peter is joined by Chris Jorgenson, Director of Institutional Partnerships; Odessa Alm,  Manager of International Student Support; and Jasmine Gratton, an alumnus who passed the February 2021 New York Bar Exam preparing with  BARBRI They discuss the US bar exam prep course and the opportunities the course offers UK law students, lawyers and career changers.

The Lex 100 Podcast Episode 8

In this episode, I’m joined by law firm, BDB Pitmans and specifically – Fiona Fleming, Diversity and Inclusion manager, Nicolas Le Riche, Employment partner and training principal, as well as Virginia Szepietowski, newly qualified trainee in restructuring and insolvency in the Reading office.

The Lex 100 Podcast Episode 7

In this episode, I speak with Culture Shift, a UK based tech- for good developer, which create reporting software for universities and law firms, among others, on anti-harassment, bullying and discrimination within organisations. I speak with Vimla Appadoo, Head of Experience at Culture Shift and Chelsea Maher, Head of Marketing about their work at universities, in the legal industry and the importance of D&I in applicant decisions. We discuss Culture Shift’s research report into D&I within organisations in the UK and its meaning for the legal industry. We discuss what students should ask about a firm’s D&I, and what to look out for.

The Lex 100 Podcast Episode 6

In this episode, recorded in December 2020, Peter is joined by Victoria Cromwell, Director of UK Programmes and the SQE Prep course development project leader, at Barbri, a global legal education provider. They introduce the SQE, discuss its effect on the profession, Barbri’s place at the forefront of its delivery, and the results of a report on the SQE, that Barbri commissioned from Hook Tangaza.  

The Lex 100 Podcast Episode 5

The second in a double-bill of episodes with the University of Law, we cover the legal employment landscape in 2020, much of which is still applicable in state of the world early in 2021. My guest on this episode is John Watkins, Employability Director at the University of Law. We discuss gaining work experience during the Covid crisis, and cover what kind of experience is needed, how to get it and how to make the most of it. This episode was recorded in September 2020.

The Lex 100 Podcast Episode 4

As part of a double-bill of episodes featuring the University of Law, my guest on this episode is Peter Crisp, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Law. We talk about the university’s response to the Covid pandemic and its teaching. We also delve into the SQE and the transition to legal training under the new regime. In this first episode of the new year, it is fitting that we look back at the year that was 2020, which remains pertinent as we unfortunately are in a similar position at the start of 2021. This episode was recorded in September 2020.  

The Lex 100 Podcast: Episode 3

In this episode, I’m joined by Clifford Chance discussing the firm’s Global Virtual Internships program, as well as its SPARK and LIFT initiatives. I will be speaking with: Laura Yeates – Head of Graduate Talent at Clifford Chance: Yasmina Kone –Graduate Recruitment Manager who is responsible for SPARK and LIFT: Annabel Corcoran – Graduate Recruitment Specialist – who is responsible for our Global Virtual Internships: as well as Saif Jalali – first seat trainee and former LIFT participant; and Shoshanna Leibovici – former SPARK and LIFT participant.

The Lex 100 Podcast: Episode 2

In this episode, The Lex 100 editor Peter Tweedley is joined by Olivia Bushell, Pro Bono Senior Coordinator/Attorney, and James Anderson, Tax Partner, both from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP. They discuss Skadden’s newly launched UK JUST Programme, and its relationship with the Skadden Fellowship Foundation in the US. They also cover Skadden’s other Pro-bono initiatives in its London office and the relationship between that work and its global pro-bono practice.

The Lex 100 Podcast: Episode 1

This episode is all about solicitor training during the pandemic and beyond. Hosted by Peter Tweedley, Editor of The Lex 100, it features an interview with Victoria Widdows, Director of International Legal Recruiting and Development at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld. Join us for a discussion of the challenges of maintaining training opportunities for aspiring solicitors, continuing high quality firm practise, handling the rapid transformation of the legal workplace, and more.