Friday, March 18, 2016

News: Students benefit from legal link to Sheffield solicitors

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Expert solicitors at law firm Irwin Mitchell laid down a legal gauntlet for students at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC) in the form of a law competition, which saw the successful candidate, win a work experience placement.

Growing from a small legal practice in Sheffield, Irwin Mitchell is the 20th largest law firm in the UK. It has run the competition successfully with the Rotherham sixth form college for the past two years and this time students were asked to produce a newspaper report on the law relating to murder and voluntary manslaughter, an evaluation of the law relating to non-fatal offences, or the "right to die" debate.

After several outstanding presentations Kavina Lowry was named the winner after demonstrating exceptional research skills and attention to detail.

She has now been invited to complete a week-long work placement at Irwin Mitchell where she will get experience in the firm’s business and personal legal services.

Runner up, Luke Gray, also impressed the judges by and received £50 in vouchers.

The 18-year-old winner, said: "The task for the competition was daunting because it isn't something that we've covered in our course so far. I'm not used to writing about legal matters in a news style and it was a real challenge to keep such an extensive and complicated topic concise and within the word limit.

"Having to work outside our comfort zones was challenging but I learned a lot from the process and it confirmed even more that a career in law is what I want in life."

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Former student Ellie Taylor was also on hand to speak to students after winning the competition last year. Since completing her week of work experience Ellie went on to successfully secure a paralegal role, at Irwin Mitchell's Sheffield offices, in the Motor department.

Mark Allen, associate director at Irwin Mitchell was one of the judges. He said: "This is the third year we've run the competition and the standard was higher than ever. All of the entries were well-prepared and very professional.

"We picked Kavina's entry as the winner because not only did their passion for the law really shine through but they were able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the legal matters involved. She will now come to our offices and experience a week in the life of a lawyer which will hopefully help her as she continues her studies.

"At Irwin Mitchell we are passionate about the law and honoured to be in a position where we can offer competitions like these to help the next generation of legal talent during the formative stages of their legal careers."

Marie Clare, tutor at Thomas Rotherham College, added: "This competition has been popular with students since we first launched it three years ago. It offers our law students the chance to do something slightly different from their normal course work and gives them a chance to gain invaluable experience of working for a law firm.

"We were delighted when last year's winner, Ellie Taylor, was subsequently offered a permanent post by Irwin Mitchell."

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