Ed note: This is the latest post in the 'If I knew then what I know now' series, where leading members of the legal profession share their wisdom with the next generation of wannabes. If I knew then what I know now, I'd recognise that everybody makes mistakes but most lawyers pretend they don't. I... Read more »
The email reproduced below, by a female associate departing from Clifford Chance's Washington DC office, was leaked to US blog Above the Law yesterday...
There's a list of the events taking place this week at ProBonoUK.
Earlier this week, a City lawyer told me that his firm had experienced a "surge" in unsolicited CVs and job-seeking emails from law graduates. He and his colleagues had received "far more than in previous years", he explained. A quick call around other law firms confirmed that this surge is being felt across the City,... Read more »
Mark Herrmann, a senior in-house lawyer at multinational company Aon, has recently moved to London – and yesterday blogged about his shock at how much he’s being charged for his new flat in "by no means the best part of town". The source of Herrmann's confusion – which has led him to fork out rent... Read more »
At last night’s Life With Law talk on 'finding your path and making things happen', one of the speakers instructed the hundred or so audience members – most of whom were City solicitors – to list seven high points in their life. Then he asked them to put their hands up if none of their... Read more »
This evening John Whaite will fight it out for a place in the semi-finals of BBC 2 series 'The Great British Bake Off'. Whaite (pictured in action above) has wowed viewers not only with his baking skills, but also won hearts thanks to his good looks, which Heat Magazine recently highlighted via a half naked... Read more »
A court has heard today that the London office of King & Wood Mallesons legacy firm Malleson Stephens Jaques had to be evacuated after a cheque covered in puppy excrement was sent to one of its lawyers. The unfortunate recipient of the cheque (for £700) was associate Lisa Hirsowitz. According to Court News UK, Yanina... Read more »
As Christian Louboutin prepares to open a new dedicated men’s footwear store on London’s Dover Street, a City lawyer found himself quoted in the Financial Times last week as part of an article about men showing greater daring in their choice of footwear, writes Legal Cheek's sartorial advice guru Auntie Em(ily Jupp). Here's the quote:... Read more »
One of the downsides of making loads of money as a top City lawyer is that you can’t be too choosy about the sort of clients your firm advises. It’s a reality that applies even to the spouse of Britain’s saint-in-chief, Shami Chakrabarti. Chakrabarti’s husband, Martyn Hopper, began his career on the side of the... Read more »
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s sponsorship of the Olympics cost it £10 million. The firm's most recent corporate social responsibility report reveals that pro bono and volunteering activities are down by 11% across the firm. #JustSaying
There was a time, before the financial crisis struck, when City lawyers travelled by plane. Alas, it is no longer. Nowadays, they take the National Express – a fact evidenced by the strange, strange case of Ladas & Parry solicitor Hugh Wotherspoon...
TheTraineeComplex continues his bid to understand life as a City law firm trainee through reference to the work of Sigmund Freud When criticised, Freud used to reply: "You know what, my mother loves me". What he meant by this was that as long as you feel important to at least one person then what the... Read more »
Last Thursday, I wore the same shirt to work as I had on Wednesday. This shouldn’t have happened: I’ve got ten shirts and a sophisticated rotation system. Yet there I was, a trainee lawyer at a City law firm, dressed in the same shirt two days in a row, writes TheTraineeComplex When I find myself... Read more »
Thought that corporate law was all about the survival of the fittest and the drive to make money? Well, you’re wrong, says Hugh Crisp, the ex-Freshfields boss who’s now teaching business, law and management skills at Oxford Said Business School. Instead, Crisp – who has been working with Oxford University zoologists to apply principles of... Read more »
The high wages paid by City law firms are a kind of "risk money" to compensate lawyers for the damage done by the gruelling nature of the work to their physical and mental health, a former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer lawyer has claimed today.
Success can turn on the smallest of things. Cambridge graduate Marta Sanchez (pictured left) completed her LPC in 2008 having narrowly missed out on a training contract at a magic circle law firm. Then Lehman Brothers collapsed, the TC market dried up and Sanchez ended up working as a maid for Bircham Dyson Bell solicitor... Read more »
There was an interesting ad placed on the London section of Craigslist, the classified ads website, yesterday. It began... Before continuing...
Officially, City law firms are beacons of post-sexism enlightenment. In private, though, you hear all sorts of stories... Occasionally one of these stories creeps into print. Yesterday an article (£) about French people in London featuring Clifford Chance intern-turned fashion blogger Camille Charrière (pictured) appeared in the Sunday Times. Here's the relevant passage: Charrière lives... Read more »
Correction 11.45am 30/5/12: In its original form, this post stated that RollOnFriday had "maintained that [Ashurst partner Piers] Warburton had no editorial involvement in the Friday story round-up" until it "came clean" and admitted otherwise last week. This was incorrect: RollOnFriday has never sought to publicly hide Warburton’s editorial role, nor has it sought to... Read more »
There's a growing consensus that junior corporate lawyers are overpaid, with a recent (paywalled) survey by Legal Week finding that 54% of partners at the big corporate firms believe associates earn too much. In case you weren’t aware, a newly qualified (NQ) solicitor at a mid-tier City law firm earns around £60,000. At the other... Read more »
Geoffrey Raymond, an artist who does annotated pictures of fallen Wall Street icons, has turned his hand to Steven H Davis, the former chairman of stricken US law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf.
As you may have noted from the extract above – taken from the House of Commons register of members interests – the event took up just four hours of Alistair Darling's time. So that fee works out at £3,825 an hour. Nice work if you can get it. Legal market geeks may recall that a week... Read more »
The lawyer who was pictured aiming what looked like a semi-automatic pistol as he drove his convertible Audi through Paris with Pippa Middleton faces up to seven years in jail if the weapon is proved to be real. (Pics available here). Even if the gun was fake, Romain Rabillard (pictured), an associate at Shearman &... Read more »