HEAD of the Government Legal Service Sir Paul Jenkins KCB QC praised Manchester as a ‘rich pool’ of future legal experts at Manchester Law School on Wednesday.
The Treasury Solicitor spoke to prospective lawyers from across the country including Manchester Metropolitan University undergraduates in the first event of its kind to be held at Manchester Law School.
Sir Paul, along with other Government lawyers, came to inspire students to follow his lead in a high profile career advising ministers and shaping legislation.
He said: “I studied law in Manchester many years ago and have seen first-hand what inspiring teachers the city has.
“I know there are an enormous number of talented students here at Manchester Metropolitan University. This is a very rich pool in which to fish and one of the reasons we have come here today.”
Sir Paul has been the Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary of the Treasury Solicitor’s Department since 2006.
Over the course of his career, Sir Paul has worked in a number of legal teams across government departments. One of his early roles saw Sir Paul as first legal advisor to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport where he worked as part of the team responsible for creating the National Lottery.
More than 300 students and prospective lawyers placed their names in a ballot for one of the 100 highly sought after places at the event.
Jackie Panter, LPC Programme Director in the Faculty of Business and Law, said: “We welcomed this opportunity for students to learn about the careers available in the Government Legal Service and to find the next generation of lawyers.
“Manchester Law School provides a wide range of legal education from foundation law courses to professional qualifications.
"We want to maximise information for students on the possible next steps in their legal careers”.
Around 30 lawyers from the Government Legal Service came to run workshops with students attending the event to give them a taste of a legal career in departments such as the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Health and Safety Executive.
Shape the law
Doug Walters OBE, Director of the Government Legal Service Secretariat, said: “Manchester Metropolitan University is a fantastic place to hold this event and the Law School has excellent facilities.
“We are very different to private firms and we offer candidates a lot of early responsibility and variety across different areas of work. Our work is not necessarily the first place people would look for a legal career.
“We help interpret and shape the law and our work often makes the front pages. If this sounds like the kind of work lawyers may be interested in then the Government Legal Service may be for them.”