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Introducing you to our community of experts in the field of Early Talent

We’re excited to reveal to you our experts in the field of Early Talent, a small group of thought leaders who convene regularly to share ideas and knowledge on this topic.

This group is all about new entrants to law, especially the recruitment and training of graduates and apprentices. The insights we garner from our Opinion Leaders are available to all our members in the way of articles for our website, and topics for our live events and webinars. Check out our latest content below.

And if you’re keen to help define what the legal HR market needs to know and you’re interested in joining our community, please drop us a line. We’re always on the lookout to grow this close-knit community and provide real value to all of our members.

Lisa Hutchinson

Early Talent Lead, DAC Beachcroft

Lisa leads on early talent development at DAC Beachcroft managing early career trainee and apprenticeship schemes across the business. Since joining DACB three years ago she has spearheaded the redesign and relaunch of the DACB graduate programme creating a future-proofed scheme centred around the O Shaped Lawyer competencies. Lisa is passionate about creating an inclusive learning environment for early talent to thrive.

Hannah Rolph

Senior Graduate Recruitment Manager, Allen & Overy

Hannah has been in the early talent space for over eight years and prior to this was Head of Graduate Recruitment for a consultancy.  She is passionate about moving the agenda forward in this space, particular around ensuring campus engagement is environmentally friendly and the use of technology to drive broader engagement with students.

Joanne Smallwood

Early Talent Recruitment Manager, Womble Bond Dickinson

Joanne is responsible for strategic management and development of the UK graduate recruitment programme. Including attraction, media, recruitment and assessment development, through to retention and development of trainee solicitors.

Sophie Thomas

Trainee Recruitment Advisor, Linklaters

Sophie has worked in the Trainee Recruitment team at Linklaters for six years. She specialises in employer branding and marketing, with responsibility for materials, events, social media and the global careers site. Sophie graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2013, having studied History and American Studies.

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