Life Ready Work Ready Conference

We were delighted earlier this month to be invited to speak at the Life Ready Work Ready conference organised by Shropshire Council and the Careers & Enterprise Company. The aim of the event was to bring together schools and employers to help provide more engaging and educational events for students, which help prepare them for the world of work. There were around 100 attendees made up of schools, SEND schools, employers, Enterprise Advisors and careers programme providers.

Shelley Robinson, Enterprise Coordinator of Shropshire Council said, ‘This was our first Life Ready Work Ready Conference and we were delighted by the number of employers, schools and colleges who attended. Because of the success of the event this is something we would like to repeat annually, to celebrate schools and colleges in their progress towards the Gatsby Benchmarks, which are the national recognition of a gold standard Careers Guidance Programme, and to thank the employers and volunteer Enterprise Advisers, who give up their valuable time to help schools and colleges in preparing their young people for the world of work. Lanyon Bowdler leads the way in their school engagement programmes and we were delighted that Holly and Lucy could come along and showcase their Mock Trial, Debate-Ed programmes and other ways in which they support careers education and inspire other employers to get involved in similar ways.’

What Do We Offer?

As a local business, Lanyon Bowdler feels that it is important for us to work closely with schools, colleges and universities, using our skills and experience to help pupils learn and develop. We offer three different educational programmes to schools: the Debate-Ed programme, which involves delivering interactive and engaging debating workshops; the Mock Trial programme, which gives students the opportunity to prepare a case and practise the roles of barristers, witnesses and jury members; and our structured work experience programme, which provides students with a realistic insight into working in the legal industry.


We have had great feedback from these projects, including a teacher who commented that as a school they desire and need help from companies to bring the classroom to reality, but also to develop young people’s personal development. The teacher thanked Lanyon Bowdler for delivering the Mock Trial programme to their school commenting that we had gone above and beyond for them.

We also had an excellent response from students, who often comment on how enjoyable and inspiring they find these projects. In addition, we have had numerous staff members whose initial contact with Lanyon Bowdler was coming for work experience and who have gone on to become permanent members of staff.

Many of those who work in law find that any initial interest in a legal career was strengthened by work experience, debating or other activities such as mock trials. It is important to us that we provide today’s generation of young people with great opportunities to develop their own interests in law. Delivering these activities with our colleagues also helps to foster a team feeling within Lanyon Bowdler, making the activities fun and rewarding for us too.

Building up Your Legal Experience

Mock trials are an excellent opportunity to gain an insight into legal work and to start developing the skills that you will need as part of that career. Law is an increasingly competitive field and being able to demonstrate a passion for the subject and relevant skills is very important in terms of making yourself stand out from the crowd.

Lanyon Bowdler regularly run mock trials for local schools. Please contact Holly Edwards or Lucy Speed at Lanyon Bowdler if you are interested in finding out more. Please click Debate-Ed programme for more information. If you are interested in legal work experience, applications for 2020 are being accepted until 15 January 2020 and can be sent to enclosing your CV and cover letter.