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.
Naomi Foale, Trainee Solicitor, Bristows LLP
Naomi is a third-seat trainee solicitor at Bristows, currently sitting with the Commercial IP/IT/Data Protection team. Following her experience of working for Intercom, Naomi pursued an LLM in Innovation, Technology and the Law. She is particularly interested in artificial intelligence, having written essays and articles in relation to the risks of discrimination by the use of AI in decision-making and the implications of generative AI for copyright law.
Olivia Atkinson, Solicitor
Olivia is a newly qualified solicitor, with a wealth of experience in commercial and contract law, and a keen interest in emerging technology and data privacy. Olivia is also a member of the SCL's Women in Tech Law Committee, and PR Lead on the Cambridgeshire Junior Lawyers Division. In her spare time, Olivia loves to read, write, cook, dance 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!
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, Trainee Solicitor, 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.
Crystal Sawyers, Trainee Solicitor, DLA Piper
Crystal is a trainee solicitor at DLA Piper, having started the training contract in August 2021, with an interest in how the law evolves to keep apace with technological change, and the role law firms play in shaping regulation. Whilst completing the LLB at the University of Liverpool, Crystal studied how the law is developing to keep apace with advances in AI, and the ethical challenges that the use of AI in legal services may present. During her first seat, Crystal published an article discussing the English law position on cryptoassets and has undertaken work relating to fintech.
Andrew Woolsey, Associate (Commercial Dispute Resolution), Browne Jacobson
Andrew is a newly qualified Associate in Browne Jacobson’s Commercial Dispute Resolution team, where he advises on a wide variety of contractual and technology disputes. During his training contract, Andrew spent time in Browne Jacobson’s Digital and Outsourcing team. Andrew has also written a series of technology related articles on topics ranging from Digital Disruption to AI related technology project disputes. Andrew 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.