2016-17 Chair's Messenger Article Feb '17



11 MTSG members recently returned from the MTSG ski trip in Val Thorens, where some spent the week learning how to ski, some mastering the slopes and all attendees becoming familiar with the infamous ‘après-ski’. Our Activities Director, Chris Berry did an excellent job in organising the trip and a great week was had by all those who attended. Keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks for more information in relation to our city weekend break due to be held in May 2017.

January Ping Pong

The MTSG hosted a Beat the January Blues event with BCL Legal on 26 January at Twenty Twenty Two in the Northern Quarter. This was a relaxed, fun filled event complete with ping pong, beer pong, food and drinks. Whilst it did prove that trainee solicitors are a competitive bunch, a fun time was had by all…even the losers!

Inter-Professional Event

The event on the horizon is perhaps the biggest annual item in the diary of young professionals in Manchester; the Inter-Professional Social, kindly sponsored by Interlink Recruitment and Axon Moore. The event will be taking place at Revolución De Cuba in Manchester city centre on Thursday 16 February 2017 with approximately 700 attendees from the various young professional committees throughout Manchester and provides an opportunity for MTSG members to meet and forge links with other professionals – this really isn’t one to be missed.


2017 kicked off to a great start with FELT’s January Junkyard Golf event at Junkyard Golf, Piccadilly, sponsored by G2Legal. 5 teams made their way around the 9 difficult holes all vying for the prize for the number one spot! The winner, Sarah Petrie, managed to complete all holes in a record of 24 swings, whilst FELT Director Alex Herbert, managed an inadequate 38 putts! Congratulations to Sarah, who won a free game for up to 4 people at Junkyard Golf. Despite the difficulty of the course, the evening was in high spirits and a fantastic start to the MTSG year.

Next on the FELT agenda is cocktail making, which will be sponsored by Anakin Seal Legal Recruitment. The evening will start with a brief history of our favourite tipples, followed by each of us being able to make several cocktails to drink, and a famous Mojito competition with a prize for the best one! Tickets will be on sale shortly for the event, which is due to be held at the end of February.


On Friday 13 January, members of the MTSG were given the opportunity to take part in the ‘Justice Tour’. The event involved cycling from one of Manchester’s most distinctive buildings to the principal judicial organ of the United Nations in The Hague. From the Manchester Civil Justice Centre to the International Courts of Justice, the aim was to complete the 800-km challenge within 3 hours! To make this a bit easier for our members, we allowed them to carry out the challenge on static bikes at Nuffield Health (Printworks, Manchester)! Members cycled an amazing 500km in total and raised £354 for one of MTSG’s nominated charities, Save the Children, in the process. Pictured (L-R) are Fatima Adam (Training 2000), Heena Kapadi (Slater Heelis) and Alex Herbert (Davis Blank Furniss).

NQ Talks

February will also see the start of our series of NQ talks, the first to be held on Thursday 9 February with BCL Legal. These events, hosted by MTSG’s largest supporters will provide trainees with an opportunity to gain an insight from those in the know about the job market as they approach qualification. However, the talks are not just open to second-year trainees. We would suggest that even those in the first year of their training contracts attend to help to ensure they are aware of the various and exciting opportunities in the most buoyant NQ market for years. Details, as always, will follow via the MTSG mailing lists. 

We Ask Our Members

This month, I asked three of our members “What MTSG event are you most looking forward to this year?”

Georgina Anwyl, Legal Assistant at Freshfields: “As the Winter Ball was such an amazing event, I am really looking forward to seeing what is in store for the Summer Ball”.

Neil Munford, Trainee Solicitor at Bermans: “I am most looking forward to the January Blues event at Twenty Twenty Two as it will allow me to exhibit the beer pong skills that I recently refined on the MTSG ski trip”.

Aisling Bassett, Trainee Solicitor at Laytons: “I’m looking forward to the FELT Bongo’s Bingo event at the Albert Hall as I’ve wanted to go for ages”.

Matthew Flanagan

Chair of MTSG

Trainee Solicitor at Turner Parkinson LLP


The Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group provides social, education, sporting and networking opportunities for junior legal professionals in and around Greater Manchester. If you would like to become a member, whether you are a paralegal, prospective trainee, trainee or newly qualified solicitor, please visit the ‘Join Us’ section of our website (www.mtsg.org.uk), contact us via twitter (@mcrtsg) or via the facebook group (MTSG 2016/17).

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