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Mentoring: what you can give to a new generation

By Guy Vincent, Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell

5 March 2014

Some years ago when I used to interview keen young students who wanted to become trainee solicitors, it occurred to me that most of them had been born after the Beatles broke up. Later, speaking to a trainee who my firm had taken on, I realised, to my horror, that the trainee was born not just after the Beatles broke up but also after the Sex Pistols broke up. At that point I gave up my place on the interview panel. So, when I gave a talk to law students recently about mentoring, I did not dare to try to work out what musical landmarks may have taken place before they were born - it was too depressing.

As one of the aging members of a long established profession, I believe that older, experienced lawyers have a duty to support those who are keen to become solicitors or barristers and to help them with their careers.

In common with many people of my seniority, I have never had a formal mentor but, at various stages of my career, there have been people who h...

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