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  1. George Maxwell

    Herbert Smith Freehills online test

    Hey @Yukta, I am sorry to hear that you are finding this process frustrating. I really empathise with you wanting to hear back from a firm about your application. I remember feeling exactly like this when I was applying. I have just had a look through my emails for you. I believe I heard...
  2. George Maxwell

    Rejection from Linklaters Vac Scheme first stage

    Hey @Mae East, Either way it can't hurt! However, from my experience, firms always released WG score results, so my advice would be to email if you are interested (as I would be!). Let me know whether they release your results when/if you hear back 💪
  3. George Maxwell

    Vacation scheme in non-London office

    Hey @jason_w1028, Welcome to the forum! I think that Jess has provided you with some great insights here. Best of luck with your vacation scheme when you start too. I agree with Jess that having some legal experience on your CV, especially from a world-renowned firm, can only be a good...
  4. George Maxwell

    Suspending the LPC

    Hey @MP, I just wanted to welcome you to the forum! It is great to have you join the community. I am one of the Community Managers at TCLA, so please feel free to tag me, or any of the other CMs (@Jessica Booker, @AvniD and @James Carrabino) if you would like any further thoughts on anything...
  5. George Maxwell

    TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Hi @WAL007, I haven't heard of this format of WE before honestly. However, I don't think that your approach to this should be substantively any different (in terms of structure) to a normal WE. I would advise that you do an executive summary and conclusion as normal. Employ subheadings too. For...
  6. George Maxwell

    follow-up thank you emails

    Hey @birdlawspecialist, Welcome to the forum! To reassure you, I was always told that when someone introduces themselves by their full name in an interview, using first names is acceptable! I also agree with @Daniel Boden in that, even if there is no advantage to it at all (which I think is...
  7. George Maxwell

    International Student UK Visa Processing Times

    Great stuff @AvniD 💪 I hope that was helpful @anon101?
  8. George Maxwell

    TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    @Adrian_S it's the least we could do! The forum wouldn't be the same without you ☺️
  9. George Maxwell

    Ask TCLA's New Community Managers Anything!

    Hey @Ami, You are so welcome! I am really happy to hear that you found my posts helpful. Reach out any time if you would like any further thoughts on things! 🚀
  10. George Maxwell

    Vacation scheme questions

    Hey @ek125712, This is a valid question as I had similar anxieties ahead of these sessions. I wholeheartedly agree with @Kubed's advice though - definitely lead with genuine interest over trying to impress. One thing that you could do is to have a look at their firm profile or LinkedIn and look...
  11. George Maxwell

    International Student UK Visa Processing Times

    Hi @anon101, Unfortunately this is not a query that I will be able to help with personally. However, @AvniD may well be able to help given her experience of applying for visas in the past (and she is back from holiday tomorrow!). I am sure that there are members of the community that will...
  12. George Maxwell

    TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Ashleigh this is fantastic news! I am so pleased for you. Well done for having the maturity and confidence to ask the firm. I am sure that you will have impressed by being open and honest about your situation. And you are absolutely welcome! We are delighted to help ☺️☺️
  13. George Maxwell

    Clyde & Co Video Assessment 2022

    Hi both, Is this a video interview stage? Or is it a set of assessments (such as a written test) that you have to submit which will determine whether you are invited to interview? I have never heard of the latter honestly. If it is the latter, has the firm given you any information about what...
  14. George Maxwell

    If you could repeal one law, what would it be and why?

    Hey @VanessaRH, What are your thoughts on this so far? Are there any activities that you believe should be less regulated? Where do your interests lie? I definitely agree with Jess on this, I really do not think that it has to be commercial at all. In many ways, trying to write about...
  15. George Maxwell

    TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Hey @ashleigh22, Just to reiterate what Jess has said, I think this is a really tough position to be put in. I think Jess's advice about being exceptionally apologetic is strong. I would ready for the firm to ask you whether you remain committed to them if you are still interviewing elsewhere...
  16. George Maxwell

    TCLA Direct Training Contract Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    @Rob93 it's great to have you back! Feels like a long time since I have seen you on the forum!
  17. George Maxwell

    How will firms consider mitigating circumstances?

    Hi @cxcxcxz, I can only imagine how frustrating this must be. I am really sorry to hear that you were so unwell. In addition to Jess' comment above, I was wondering whether you might be able to ask your GP for a note written retrospectively (given that they suggested that you only take...
  18. George Maxwell

    TCLA Vacation Scheme Applications Discussion Thread 2021-22 (#1)

    Hey @Ameliaa, That's unfortunate but I am really happy to hear that you have such a positive outlook on this. You have done all that you can now I think, so I would wait to hear back. Please do reach out if something like this happens in the future, or if you have any other queries or...
  19. George Maxwell

    Commercial awareness and reading the news

    Hey @IT7, I completely understand this feeling. Especially when you have been reading a lot of news articles, this can feel frustrating. I have a couple of things to say on this: 1. You are likely to have remembered more than you think. I always find that recalling what you have read from...
  20. George Maxwell

    Ask TCLA's New Community Managers Anything!

    Hey Ami! Thank you for this question - I'm delighted to help. 1. The following really is my approach. There is no one way of being successful on a vacation scheme. My approach worked for me, but that's not to say it would for everyone. So first tip: be your authentic self. Follow your...

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