Bristol student’s commercial awareness secures Hong Kong prize

A student at the University of Bristol will be jetting off to Hong Kong in 2013 courtesy of a Linklaters graduate recruitment competition.

First year history student Francesca Scott won the trip after participating in Linklaters’ ‘360 reasons’ competition. The final stage of the contest was a commercial awareness event, to which 60 applicants were invited with five finalists selected to ask questions of the Linklaters panel.

The competition, which attracted nearly 200 entrants, allowed students to follow a Twitter feed to discover reasons to work at the firm, answer an online quiz and nominate a question they would ask lawyers at a commercial awareness event.

Scott chose to ask the panel: “If commercial awareness is not only about business knowledge, but about being able to contextualise advice to clients in the light of the needs of their business, as a lawyer how do you develop the necessary perspective?”

Her question and quiz score mean she has been awarded the trip to Hong Kong. While there she will be visiting the Linklaters office in the city and the Hong Kong Refuge Advice Centre, which is supported by the firm’s Hong Kong office and ‘no freebies’ scheme, replacing law fair freebie budgets with donations chosen by students visiting the firm’s stand throughout law fair season.

Scott said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won the ‘360 reasons’ competition. It was fantastic to hear my question answered live by the commercial awareness panel and I am really looking forward to experiencing part of Linklaters’ international practice during my trip to Hong Kong.”

Graduate recruitment partner Simon Branigan added: “Commercial awareness is one of the key attributes we look for in prospective Linklaters lawyers, but it isn’t easy to teach. This event has shown us that there are some impressively commercially-minded students whose pertinent questions certainly had our expert panel thinking.”

Earlier this year, Shearman & Sterling launched Hong Kong seats for trainees. (19 June 2012)