Our latest blog comes from Kara Swift who recently completed a seat in our Employment team.
It is not often a trainee can say that they helped organise and run an international conference, but on 8 December, after many months of preparation I was in London greeting the 60 delegates who had travelled from all over the world to attend our International Employment Law Conference.
I joined the employment team at the beginning of September 2015 for my fourth seat. I was aware of the upcoming conference but little did I know just how involved I would become…and it was one of the best opportunities I have had during my training contract.
This was the sixth International Employment Law Conference Taylor Vinters had hosted and the second in 2015 after branching out to hold the first International HR Conference in Singapore for clients in the APAC region. As I sat in my first planning meeting I was tasked with being the main point of contact for the 30 employment lawyers who were attending from throughout EMEA and the Americas as well as the guest speakers including Employment Silk of the year, David Reade QC.
Throughout the three day event I worked with the Marketing team to ensure that everything ran smoothly from ensuring everyone’s dietary requirements at the welcome dinner were catered for, to being the roaming microphone during the conference and ensuring we didn’t lose anyone on the Thames boat cruise on the last day.
Networking skills are crucial for business development and are something that is expected of every Associate on qualification. Taylor Vinters welcomes trainees getting involved in events like this outside of “work” and actively encourages them to branch out and acquire the skills to make them a more well-rounded lawyer. The opportunity to not only organise this event but also attend and host such a large number of delegates from HR professionals to lawyers from Africa, the UAE and Canada was an invaluable experience and genuinely really good fun.