Mark Pentecost

Hope to die before I get old?

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  • The majority of trainees are younger rather than older. I think this is a good thing and how it should be.

    A firm employing a 25 yr old trainee...who has many years ahead of them in which to sculpt their legal career, enhance their legal skills and possibly make it as partner one day. Young trainees who can relate to the upcoming university graduates, with a hunger and thirst to embark upon the first steps of their career.

    Opposed to a 45 yr old plus, who is unlikely to make partner, and if they were, not long before retirement and who arguably cannot relate as effectively to the younger lawyers of the future. Yes, they may be industry insight and expertise from a variety of industries, but this is something that can be acquired by a young trainee.

    I think training contracts should be more openly available to younger candidates.

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  • Of course the majority of trainees are younger rather than older. Is it a "good thing"? Well that depends what angle you're looking at it from!

    Mark is not knocking younger applicants, after all they are essential to the future of the profession, but what i think he's saying is that those "45 yr old plus" applicants have things to offer that recent graduates cannot possibly have. A lot of what makes a really good commercial solicitor is the ability to network , and generate new business. Those with more commercial experience in the real world will surely have an edge.

    Training contracts are already more openly available to younger candidates!

    I'm hoping the equality bill becomes law.

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  • It would be mad for the profession to close its eyes to the benefits of all forms of diversity (of which age is clearly one) in its midst; it is a reflection of the public/market it ulitimately serves. There is a place for wide (and different) experience alongside ambitous youth. By the time (or even, if) I get to 50 I will have been a solicitor for over 25 years. That puts me in the category of those who started their career in, once ambitous, youth, but 50 might be long enough for me, and then I'll be looking for a new career to welcome me!

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  • As a lady about to hit the half century mark myself, and due to embark on the GDL in September, I was delighted to see that there's actually someone out there as old as me who's had the same idea.
    Like Mark, I have a lifetime of experience and accumulated skills that I genuinely believe will add value to the legal profession. But believing that doesn’t stop me having concerns about whether my age will prove too much of a disadvantage.
    I’m passionate about pursuing a career at the Bar but am told that, as the capacity of members to take silk (which usually takes well over 20 years) is a major consideration in the selection process, many Chambers may consider mature entrants a bad investment.
    But I’m not put off at all by those concerns. In fact they probably make me more determined so I’m now currently busy applying for mini-pupillages.
    How successful I will be could prove interesting…….

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  • Mr M, perhaps you should got a step further and not allow anyone over the age of twenty one to change jobs for the rest of their life?

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