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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Following a visit to our school, the Head of Marketing & Business Development, Global Markets at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. was so impressed by our Year 12 students that she invited a group to visit her at her place of work.

Last week a group of 23 Law, History and Government & Politics students, together with Ms Gorlej and Mrs Sowa, travelled to the heart of the City of London. They were invited by Mrs Julia Randell-Khan, Head of Marketing & Business Development, Global Markets at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Ms Randell-Khan came to our school in February 2014 to talk to Year 12 students interested in a career in Law. She was so impressed by them that she invited the whole group to visit her at her place of work. She welcomed the group and gave them an introductory talk about the company.

 There were two activities prepared for the students. First they met Mr Jonathan Lafferty, who gave them a lot of information about a day in the life of a Trainee Solicitor. They worked on a case of a fictional company trying to set up a business in China and touched on many topics including joint venture, profit sharing, liability for losses, dispute resolutions and litigation. Students learnt a great deal from this presentation and were then able to put all that new knowledge to a good use when they were split into groups of landlords and potential tenants and had to negotiate a tenancy agreement. They started off with a completely opposing  agendas but were able to find a compromise that satisfied both sides. They were able to argue their points while giving an attention to detail. They all enjoyed the activity. Finally we were all taken on a tour of the five-storey building and saw some fantastic conference rooms and offices. It truly is a great place to work, with so many excellent facilities. Our students were greatly impressed by the whole experience.

We would like to thank Ms Julia Randell-Khan for the invitation and allowing this visit to happen. Many thanks to Charlotte McNaughton for organising it and her hospitality. Thank you also to Mr Lafferty and the four volunteers who helped with the negotiation workshop. Our students were very privileged to be given this opportunity.