Legal Eagles Swoop on Next Generation
News Release: 15th September 2011
Lupton Fawcett LLP, the Leeds and Sheffield-based commercial law firm, has successfully held its second ‘BA’ course for university age children of its clients and contacts.
The dynamic group of students attended a two day business ‘finishing school’, set in a local hotel, and were introduced to the business world by a series of tailored workshops designed to help them when they have finished University and begin their careers and, provided with their first networking opportunity.
Presenters included Baker Tilly Partner Mike Jackson (business plans), Jane Barrett of Workmaze Ltd (managing your career), Will Kintish of Kintish Limited (business networking skills), Sue Hanson of BSH People (powerful CVs), Business Mentor Marc Thompson, Jonathan Ogle of Coutts & Co (banking relationships), Jennifer Holloway of Spark Limited (personal branding), Phillippa Carr of Asda (wine tasting), Victoria Pritchard, Redvoice (confident communications) and John Sykes of Lupton Fawcett LLP (legal issues in the commercial market).
Commenting on the course, Marc Thompson, said: “If only” – If only there had been some organisation that would have bothered to help in this way when I was younger. If only there had been the information so readily at hand. If only there had been these opportunities for the next generation of creators of our future! It is a brilliant idea, well executed, an inspiration for all businesses and I am proud to have been part of it, thank you”.
Lupton Fawcett director Philip Drazen and the man behind the ‘BA’ Course comments: “This is our way of giving something back to our clients and contacts.
The course was designed to help students build their confidence for when they eventually branch out into their chosen careers.
These are tomorrow’s business leaders and what we want to try and achieve is to provide them with a spring board of skills in addition to their academic knowledge. Not many people get the chance to inspire and make a difference to young people today and I am very proud that what we have done is seen by those attending as a complete success.”
Feedback from student’s parents included:
“Sophie, my 21 year old daughter who has just graduated from Nottingham University with a degree in English Studies, attended the Lupton Fawcett ‘BA’ course in September 2011. She found it interesting, challenging and enjoyable and as she said – learned things she’d never even heard of during 16 years of full time education! Well done to Lupton Fawcett for providing her with the opportunity to acquire skills which will help her develop both her personal life and business career.
I would thoroughly recommend the course.”
Mr David Thompson, Higgins Agriculture Limited, Doncaster
“I would like to thank all at Lupton Fawcett for running the course and having talked, or should I say listened, to my son all the way back home and through the evening you should take immense pride in what you have achieved. The whole format of the course really complements the studying they are doing at university and will certainly ensure they attack the job market armed with a vast array of new tools to achieve success.”
Mr Paul Birtles, Surgical Innovations Ltd, Leeds
“Joe enjoyed the whole event and the messages clearly made an impact. The course was well thought through and professionally presented. From the feedback I’ve received, it was 30 years of experience delivered expertly in 2 days without making all the mistakes along the way. A great personal platform on which to build and sits quite nicely alongside his academic studies. The timing was perfect and it was good for him to meet some like-minded and positive young people. It’s an inspired, practical programme that offers an advantage in an increasingly competitive world.”
Mr Neil Emerson, Towergate Magellan, Bury St Edmunds
Notes to Editors:
Lupton Fawcett focussed on the likely key areas which would provide the most benefit to our students. The workshops included:
- How to network and build contacts – giving then the confidence to speak to colleagues and peers alike, what so say and how to follow-up.
- How to build a powerful CV – what to put in, what to keep out and what to expand upon.
- How to ensure their internet history is clean – therefore avoiding blotting the copybook before they start.
- How to dress for success – tips of the trade on how to present themselves correctly.
- Why they should find an experienced business mentor – someone within a company who can help and guide them
- How to write a business plan – focussing their mind on the wider issues of what they should be doing
- How to work as a team and not as an individual – learning the art of team playing to ensure they always get ahead.
- How to dine and order wine knowledgeably – being given the self-assurance to hold their own in any setting.
- Why it is necessary to have a strategic thinking accountant, lawyer, banker and financial adviser – by having good people around you at certain times in your life and the benefit they can add to any decisions they make.
About Lupton Fawcett
Lupton Fawcett has offices in Leeds and Sheffield. It employs over 240 staff, of which around 120 are fee earners, making it one of the ten largest law firms in Yorkshire.
The firm has recently made two significant acquisitions. In January 2009 it acquired the entire traditional commercial and private client business of Leeds firm Fox Hayes. In August 2009 it acquired Hackett Windle, a niche firm of solicitors and chartered tax advisers based in Sheffield.
In December 2010, the firm recruited 40 of the former staff of Sheffield firm Ashton Morton Slack.
Lupton Fawcett became a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) in 2006. The position of director includes those who would be partners in a traditional partnership.
While the firm has very strong commercial expertise, it is committed to meeting the private needs of its wealth-creating commercial clients for wealth-preserving personal legal services. Lupton Fawcett differs from other law firms in that its commercial and personal legal services are integrated so as to provide an overall service that meets all the needs of its commercial clients.
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