Law firm Peters & Peters recently visited the University of Westminster to deliver a skills session to students as part of Westminster Law School’s innovative Legal Skills Academy.

The event gave students an insight into the law firm as well as advice on how to get into the industry. Peters & Peters have particular expertise in Business Crime, Commercial Litigation, Civil Fraud, Corporate Compliance and Asset Tracing and Recovery.

It started with a talk from Partner and Training Principal Jason Woodland who gave some background information on the law firm and discussed some notable cases.

Sue Bachorski, Head of Human Resources at Peters & Peters, challenged some of the misconceptions about the academic backgrounds of applicants who have secured training contracts at the firm. Information including hints and tips on interview technique was also provided on the Peters & Peters recruitment process as well as opportunities for informal work experience.

The students also met Diana Czugler, who has joined the firm as a trainee solicitor. She spoke about her journey from Deloitte, where she worked as a Senior Risk Consultant, to securing a training contract at Peters & Peters. Her presentation also touched on her experience as a member of the firm’s Social Committee, experience as a trainee and her exposure to a broad range of work.

There was then the opportunity for a Q&A between students and the solicitors.

One student, who studies on the Law LLB Honours course, said: “I thought the programme was insightful and informative and provided a great opportunity to network with the firm. I also thought that having a partner, a trainee and the Head of HR present allowed a more accurate representation of the firm as we got to hear from all of them. I have managed to get a work experience placement with them following the event so it definitely proved successful.”

Another Law student said. “The session was informative and enjoyable. I thoroughly enjoyed how they explained the area of work they specialise in and listening to Diana, a trainee solicitor, talking about her story.”

Additionally, a European Legal Studies LLB Honours student, said: “I believe that the event was extremely beneficial and the way that the firm presented itself was excellent. The fact that a Partner, Trainee and the Head of the HR Recruitment Team came to Westminster enabled students to gain a very good understanding of the firm's core values and their selection processes as well as a chance for networking which is crucial.”

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