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Experience at leading law firm for TRC student

A student from Thomas Rotherham College has won a week’s work experience as part of Irwin Mitchell’s sixth annual Law competition with the organisation.  Growing from a small legal practice in Sheffield, Irwin Mitchell is now one of the largest Law firms in the UK.


This year’s challenge asked BTEC and A Level Law students to deliver a PowerPoint presentation on the topic of whether the use of facial recognition CCTV technology is considered to be a step too far in the fight against crime.


After several outstanding presentations, Anthony Ioannou was named the overall winner having delivered an engaging and insightful presentation which demonstrated excellent research skills.  He has been invited to complete a week-long work experience placement, where he will gain invaluable experience in a range of the firm’s departments.


Darren Wilson, Senior Associate at Irwin Mitchell and one of the judges said: “We picked Anthony’s entry as the winner because not only did his passion for the legal topic really shine through, but he demonstrated a clear understanding of the contentious legal issue in a clear and engaging presentation.  He will now come to our offices and experience a week in the life of a lawyer which will hopefully help him as he continues his studies.’’


Former student Ellie Taylor was also on hand to speak to students.  Since completing her week of work experience as the winner in 2014, Ellie went on to successfully secure a paralegal role at Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office.  She said: ‘’At Irwin Mitchell we are passionate about the Law and honoured to be in a position where we can offer competitions like these to help the next generation of legal talent during the formative stages of their legal careers.”


Runner-up, Meghan Roper, also impressed the judges and received £50 in gift vouchers.


Andrew Penney, Assistant Head of the Business and Law Faculty at TRC, said: ‘’We are incredibly grateful for the successful partnership we have managed to build with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors.  The annual competition provides students with a fantastic first taste of the legal profession and we are looking forward to working with Irwin Mitchell next year on a range of other exciting opportunities’’.