The SCL Trainee Group was created so that trainees could take initiative to design their own legal training. Through hosting events and creating knowledge resources, the Group provides a space where trainees can explore the intersection between law and technology in creative ways that are pitched at a useful level for career-starters. The Trainee Group is always open to new members and new ideas!
Luke Prince, Trainee Solicitor, DLA Piper
Luke is a second seat trainee solicitor at DLA Piper UK LLP in the London office. He has experience in Commercial and Technology Disputes as a paralegal and an interest in the regulation and technology surrounding cryptocurrency, blockchain and AI. While studying he wrote academic essays on possible regulation which could be applied to FAANG companies to reduce their dominance which has been brought about by network effects and data analysis. He has also focused on the possible business opportunities which DAO structures can offer entrepreneurs.
Olivia Atkinson, Trainee Solicitor, Stephenson Law
Olivia is a second-year trainee solicitor at Stephenson Law, currently in her third seat in the Emerging Tech & Regulation department. She assists her team with drafting opinions on the compliance implications of the tokenisation of digital assets, and filing and managing business’ applications to open investment funds or obtain authorisation from the FCA to conduct regulated activities. Olivia is interested in web3, intellectual property and data protection, and in her spare time loves to read, cook and play the piano.
Dana Drožina, Trainee Solicitor, DLA Piper
Dana is a Trainee Solicitor at DLA Piper, where she experienced working with some of the most well-known technology-driven gig economy market players. She has a particular interest in how the advancements in technology are revolutionising legal practice by fundamentally challenging and changing the functioning of the legal market.
Hannah El-Gazzar, Trainee Solicitor, Fieldfisher.
My name is Hannah El-Gazzar and I am a trainee solicitor at Fieldfisher. I have done my first seat in Personal Injury and Medical Negligence and am about to start my second seat in Tech & Date. Tech and data are areas of interest to me due to having previously been a paralegal prior to joining Fieldfisher at The Financial Times and Paragon Customer Communications, giving me exposure to a realm of tech and data issues I enjoyed solving for these businesses. Outside of work I enjoy exercising, watching films and baking!
Naomi Foale, Trainee Solicitor, Bristows LLP
Naomi is a trainee solicitor at Bristows. Following her experience of working at Intercom, she pursued an LLM in Innovation, Technology and the Law. She is particularly interested in the legal implications of artificial intelligence, as well as data protection and IP law.
Leo Hutchings, Trainee solicitor, Baker McKenzie
Leo is a second seat trainee solicitor at Baker McKenzie in the London office, having done his first seat in the firm's intellectual property, technology and data team. He has previous experience in banking and finance, data protection, and general commercial matters as a paralegal in the UK and Australia, where he gained much of his interest in the technology sector - in particular, he developed interests around AI and FinTech from his studies abroad and worked for a number of years for a blockchain charity. He has contributed to articles on the use of AI in banking, and changes to data protection and cybersecurity laws.
Nabiel Junjua, Legal Assistant, Berwins
Nabiel works in corporate and commercial law at a specialist technology branch of a regional law firm in Leeds. Nabiel is actively learning about techlaw related matters and sees himself qualifying as a lawyer advising predominantly upon commercial IT agreements, as well as corporate-related matters for digital businesses. He is to start his training contract in 2023. Outside of work, Nabiel has a keen interest in tech gadgets and builds his own gaming PCs from scratch.
Andrew Woolsey, Trainee Solicitor, Browne Jacobson
Andrew is a second-year trainee solicitor at Browne Jacobson. He has spent time in the firm’s Digital and Outsourcing team and in the firm’s Commercial and Technology Disputes team. Throughout the course of his training contract, Andrew has written a series of technology related articles on topics ranging from Digital Disruption to AI related technology project disputes. Andrew also holds an LLM in International Business Law from King’s College London, which included modules on Data Protection and AI.
Rubab Zahra, Trainee Solicitor, Bristows LLP
Rubab joined Bristows as a trainee solicitor in September 2022, and is currently working in the brands, designs and copyright team. Prior to joining Bristows, Rubab completed her MSc in Biotechnology at the University of Manchester.