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Newsletter February 2014 In This Issue  Bowling  Grove House Quiz!  Uni of Herts Talk

The HJLD is the regional branch of the National Junior Lawyers Division. We represent all student members of the Law Society enrolled through the SRA, trainees and Solicitors with up to five years’active PQE who live, study or work in Hertfordshire. Our aim is to promote both professional and personal growth within the legal field through social and professional events and seminars. We shall keep you informed of important matters that concern junior lawyers, arrange CPD sessions that are either free or at reduced rates, and organise inclusive social events throughout the year. We will strive to make your voice heard and support the National JLD who works directly with the Law Society.

 National JLD Events  The Boat Party 17 May 2014: save the date!

Halloween Bowling The 31st October 2014 saw the Herts JLD descend on the Hollywood Bowl in Stevenage for a spot of Halloween Bowling, although sadly no Halloween costumes were in evidence amongst the JLD crowd. The event was attended by a broad range of attendees, spanning the range of membership from LPC students, paralegals, trainee solicitors, NQs and PQEs. Despite a fingernail injury when one of the committee members mistook the adult-sized balls for a children’ s bowling ball, everyone put on a valiant performance.


Making use of two bowling alleys, the girls faced off against the boys and were victorious in both games! The committee hopes very much to repeat the success of the event, and to draw an increasing number of members to these events, especially those who have not attended many JLD events before –so look out for future emails advertising these events. So immersed in the bowling we forgot to take some pictures. Luckily a few of the JLD attendees were still around at the very end for this snap!

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Talk with the LPC Students of the University of Hertfordshire: HJLD and Training Contracts Committee Tweeters:

Kate Shearer @trixie_dixie

Liam Colville @colville1983

I was the grateful recipient of an invitation to talk to the LPC students at Hertfordshire University during the LPC induction week in September. I gleefully accepted the chance to engage with the LPC crowd in the local area and also to talk about my previous experiences (and of course to talk about the HJLD!). I don’ t intend to bore everybody that reads this article as I am sure you are aware of what the HJLD is, and what it can do for you. But for a recap, here are some of the key points that I put forward to the LPC Students: 

the Junior Lawyers’Division is a division of the law society that represents all student members of the SRA, trainees and PQE’ s up to 5 years –therefore all LPC students are already members; the JLD campaigns and lobbies on issues affecting its members. It listens to its members in order to consider and deal with the most pressing issues; and the JLD organises various events for its members to attend and engage with.

Mariam Aumeerally @mariam_lawyer

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Nathan Kerntiff @Peterhail1

Alexander Neale @Nealooo

The message, I hope, was clear. The HJLD forms a basis to meet and network with fellow junior lawyers/law students within the Hertfordshire area. It provides a voice for the junior lawyers/law students of Hertfordshire and promotes the success of all Hertfordshire junior law professionals. By this point in the talk I thought it would be a good idea to change tact, and topics. The first question was of course “ how many of the students present had obtained the Holy Grail, a training contract?”Considering that the talk formed part of the compulsory lectures of the day, I did expect to see about twenty of the sixty students present raise their hand. So what was the answer? One! One very lucky student had a training contract in place. To be completely fair to the students, I was in exactly the same situation in 2011. I too had started the LPC empty handed. But all is far from lost, and with the correct attitude and perseverance I do believe that the majority of the LPC students will become very successful lawyers. So what do you need to do? Here are some of the points that I raised within our discussion: 


Experience – this is a no brainer. I for one can vouch for the power of work experience, having gained a training contract after working for 5 different law firms. Grab every bit of experience that you can get your hands on –and make the most of non-legal experience too –you are gaining transferrable skills. Confidence – this, to me, is a key factor to becoming a lawyer. You simply cannot shy away from hard tasks or difficult situations, especially during the interview stage. Firms will spot this a mile away if you come across as insecure and unsure about your capabilities. Consistency – this applies to all aspects of the training contract hunt. Firms want consistency. Even when viewing a CV in the first instance, firms will want to see consistent effort to secure placements, extra legal knowledge and commercial awareness. At interview or assessment stage, firms want to see candidates who are good all rounders, so if you know that presentations are not your strong point, practice them.

The above are a very small snippet of some of the points raised to a very eager crowd of soon-to-be trainee solicitors.

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One particular point that was driven home, was the need to network at an early stage, continue networking, and then network some more. The people you meet and engage with may have a great effect on your future career, if not immediately or in years to come. Early exposure to this will also place any student/trainee solicitor in good stead for the future when attempting to get those big named clients in. And this is where the HJLD comes into play. We aim to put on at least one event every two months, which provides our members with a great opportunity to meet legal professionals from all fields. All in all, I hope that the LPC students felt enthused to push on and get the training contracts that the majority deserve,

Alexander Neale - Sports/Social Secretary

Grove House Quiz National Events Saturday 29 March 2014 will see the first same sex wedding take place in England and Wales. Join the Law Society for an interactive panel event to celebrate this key step forward for LGB equality and to mark LGBT History Month 2014. Date: 20/02/2014

On 21st November local Hertfordshire lawyers took on the residents and businesses of Hertfordshire in a quiz night held at and in aid of Grove House Hospice. Grove House is part of Rennie Grove Hospice Care and is a registered charity providing specialist care and support to people in Harpenden, St Albans and Dacorum whose lives are affected by cancer or other life-limiting illness. Grove House rely on the generosity of the general public for 85% of their annual running costs.

City: London

The Quiz entry fees and raffle ticket sales raised a total of £423. After a little debate about when the Berlin Wall did in fact come down and which of Michael Jackson’ s songs got to number 1 the winning team “ Growing Old Disgracefully” were crowned!

The Seventh JLD Annual Conference and Ball on Saturday 5 April 2014 in London.

And not forgetting the winners of the infamous wooden spoons: “ Going Going Gone”

Date: 05/04/2014 City: London

We would like to thank Domino's Pizza, Tring Brewery and McMullens Brewery and all the other very generous local businesses that provided us with raffle prizes.


Many thanks also to our Quiz Masters on the night, Kat Armstrong and Sophie Gayner.

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THE BOAT PARTY IS BACK… AND BIGGER THAN EVER 17 MAY 2014 – SAVE THE DATE MORE DETAILS COMING SOON – WATCH THIS SPACE!! If you would like more information in relation to any event or wish to put your point of view across, please do not hesitate to email


Herts JLD Newsletter February 2014  
Herts JLD Newsletter February 2014