An intimate night of legal careers advice with York Junior Lawyers’ Division

Florit Brooke enjoyed an intimate careers event with York JLD on Thursday 22nd February, discussing the legal jobs market and recruitment methods pertinent to newly qualified solicitors in 2018.


Held at Kennedys on Little Stonegate, Tony Brooke led the discussion – we like to keep our talks interactive, which we’ve always found to be more beneficial with smaller groups. On this occasion we invited Kenton Bazeley to attend, as a partner at Teesside commercial firm Tilly Bailey & Irvine who himself trained and practised in York, and who now is involved in trainee supervision and development. Kenton has also recruited candidates at NQ level, so he brought his own experiences as both candidate and client with a York market background, which gave invaluable context to attendees. Recruitment wisdom from a recruiter is one thing, but first-hand testimony from a fellow legal professional who has ‘been there and done that’ is always appreciated.

Also taking part in the evening was Ann Charlton from LawCare, who spoke passionately about the role of LawCare as a charitable organisation promoting mental health and wellbeing in the legal profession, for employees of all levels. Ann touched upon all four goals of LawCare – supporting legal professionals; providing information to help people manage stress in their own life or that of colleagues; raising awareness; and tackling stigma associated with mental health and wellbeing. It was a fascinating overview of a very important topic in the modern workplace – both for the lawyers in attendance, but also for Tony as a recruiter of 20 years in what is, itself, a fairly frantic occupation!

Buffet and social chat followed, as well as a few drinks (recreational rather than medicinal), and the world was put to rights as to the merits of sporting a beret as a young lawyer around the courts in London….mixed views! The other conundrum was the bites to eat, which included – you’ll never believe it – mushrooms cleverly disguised as mini Yorkshire puddings. Yes, that’s correct…tasted alright, though!

We look forward to other events with York JLD in the future, and thank Ryan Bell for organising this particular event this year.

If you’re looking for legal careers advice and support, whether or not you attended our evening with the York JLD, don’t hesitate to contact the Florit Brooke team.

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