How not to panic about demonstrating commercial awareness

How not to panic about demonstrating commercial awareness

Calculator and money: commercial awarenessSo you’ve got the university place to do law and you’re thinking about applications to in-house legal departments.  Everything you read about applications says that you need to display commercial awareness and this is even more important if you are looking to train in-house.  So what is commercial awareness and how do you show that you’ve “got” it?  There are different ideas about what commercial awareness is, and it’s not just about reading the Financial Times or Economist, although doing so is not a bad idea.

Think about what you have done in weekend or holiday jobs, or volunteer work, or just everyday life.

Let’s take an example of everyday life – self-service tills in shops.  Are you a fan?  I’m not keen – personally I think if I am serving myself I should get a discount on my shopping. After all, the retailer is saving on having to employ a member of staff to operate the till.  But think about how using self-service tills might have an

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About the author:
Helen Hart studied in Cardiff and Germany and qualified as a solicitor in 1998 after a training contract at Allen & Overy in London and Frankfurt. She spent over six years working in-house at Centrica plc and Palm Europe Limited focusing mainly on consumer, advertising and data protection law before returning to private practice at Stevens & Bolton where she was an associate in the corporate and commercial team. She worked for a legal publisher between 2008 and 2012 and has also worked in local government library services. Her main areas of expertise are general commercial law, advertising law and consumer law.