Realm Host Qualification Talk for Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group

Posted on 20/3/2017 by Katherine Memery

Yesterday evening, Realm Recruit hosted an NQ talk in association with The Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group. Held at the Trowers & Hamlins offices in Manchester city centre, the event was a huge success with around 50 trainee solicitors in attendance.

The talk, presented by our Director Duane Cormell, aimed to help trainees approaching qualification navigate the qualification process from start to finish, from deciding on a specialism, to applying for NQ roles and then securing a position.

Realm Recruit NQ talk

After a brief introduction to Realm Recruit, Duane provided the trainees with an insight into the current state of the regional jobs market before addressed the issue at the forefront of most trainee’s minds, the dilemma of choosing a specialism. He then went on explain the state of the market in relation to different practice areas and the various factors trainees must consider when deciding upon the kind of NQ roles to apply for.

In recent years, technological developments have significantly altered the way in which trainees find, apply for and secure roles. As a result, some of Duane’s key points related to the evolving nature of the legal recruitment market, the various channels trainees nowadays can use to approach firms and the importance of protecting your personal brand online.

Duane was also joined by two guest speakers, Megan Christie and Rachael Pallier, who spoke about their own qualification experiences and the routes their careers have taken since.

Megan Christie, the Head of Court of Protection at Linder Myers, gave an insight into the Court of Protection and her experience of changing specialism after qualifying. After training at Pannone LLP, she qualified in September 2012 and worked at Irwin Mitchell, specialising in industrial disease, primarily mesothelioma, cases. In January 2015, Megan’s career changed direction when she joined the wider Trusts and Estates team at Linder Myers in order to specialise in Court of Protection work.

Rachael Pallier is an associate in the Housing and Regeneration department at Trowers & Hamlins. She spoke about her real estate finance background and her experience working in both private practice and in-house. After training at a medium-sized Manchester-based firm, Rachael worked briefly at Cobbetts, before working in-house for Santander and ultimately joining Trowers & Hamlins in April 2014.

After the talk, trainees enjoyed drinks and canapés, while Duane and the rest of the Realm team were on-hand to answer any questions. As well as sharing our expert knowledge with MTSG members, attendees also left with a copy of Realm’s invaluable interview guide and an example CV to help them format their NQ applications. 

We would like to thank Trowers & Hamlins and MTSG, our guest speakers Megan and Rachael, as well as all of the trainee solicitors who attended.

Need help finding an NQ position? Realm Recruit can help

At Realm, our specialist consultants are perfectly placed to help you on your NQ job search. We’ll be able to give you an idea of the current NQ jobs market and guide you through the process of finding your perfect role.

If you have any questions about qualification or are looking for tailored advice on the most suitable move for your career, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly consultants. Call us on 03300 245 606 or email

Alternatively, for our top tips on how to secure an NQ role, check out our latest blog.

Realm Host Qualification Talk for Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group


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