It’s Official: City Lawyers Hate Their Jobs

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 »

How ‘Statement’ Can Male Lawyers Be With Their Choice Of Footwear?

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 »

Feeling Important: Possible As a Trainee Solicitor?

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 »

Same Shirt, Different Day: Freudian Explanation?

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 »

PODCAST: Laying Down On a Bed Of Norton Roses

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 »

Male Colleagues Nicknamed Me ‘Tiny Tits’, Says Ex-Clifford Chance Intern Who ‘Trained As a Lawyer In London’

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 »

City Law Website RollOnFriday Is Edited By An Ashurst Partner

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 »

Through Gritted Teeth: Aussie Lawyers Tell Of Delight At Firm’s ‘Merger’ With London Giant Ashurst In £1Million Ad Campaign

To promote its recent tie-up with Australian law firm Blake Dawson, City giant Ashurst has released a series of videos as part of a £970,000 advertising campaign – one of the most expensive law firm marketing pushes ever. In the videos Blake Dawson employees explain how delighted they are with the “perfect match” between Ashurst… Read more »

Lawyer Etiquette: Is It OK To Be Photographed Barefoot?

On Monday, I ran a story about the dad of Hugo from Made in Chelsea, who is SJ Berwin solicitor-advocate Tim Taylor QC. Judging by an interview Taylor senior did with his firm’s in-house magazine, in which he boasted of his ability to balance a glass of Chablis on his forehead and drink it without… Read more »

City Lawyer In Dog Murder Stalking Riddle

Baffled police are attempting to figure out why Graeme Francis, a solicitor at Keystone Law, has found himself at the centre of a mysterious harassment campaign. In the most recent incident, 60-year old mergers and acquisitions specialist Francis (pictured), required hospital treatment after he was struck over the head with a cosh at his home… Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: Freshfields Celebrates International Women’s Day With Cake-Baking Competition

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which has one of the lowest percentages of female partners (12%) of a City firm, gave a hint at its views about a woman’s place by choosing to celebrate yesterday’s International Women’s Day with a gender stereotype-affirming bake-off. To commemorate the achievements of women through the ages, and campaign for fairer attitudes… Read more »

Does Chelsea’s City Lawyer Chairman Know What He’s Doing?

Meet Bruce Buck (pictured left), the Chelsea FC chairman, member of Roman Abramovich’s inner circle, and London managing partner of giant US law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. During his journey to the pinnacle of law, Buck has traded heavily on his reputation for being hard-headed, and even curmudgeonly. “Nothing is a natural… Read more »

City Lawyers Go After David Wolfe QC

RollOnFriday’s story about newly appointed silk David Wolfe QC (pictured) signing a letter in 2003 calling for the QC system to be abolished was a good one. But it didn’t feel quite right. Having described the system as “elitist” and “an opportunity to add another zero to your brief fee”, RollOnFriday – which is 50% owned… Read more »

Freshfields Trainees in Pretend Homelessness Adventure

Magic circle giant Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has given its trainee solicitors a rare break from their round-the-clock photocopying duties to mooch around London for the afternoon pretending to be tramps, reports The Lawyer. 24 of the firm’s trainee solicitors, who earn £39,000 a year, teamed up with a Big Issue vendor each for around three… Read more »

Are City Law Firms Dominated by Posh Lad Culture?

Some firms have a strong penchant for rugby types like ‘spit-roast’ email trainee Daniel England; others less so, says City lawyer Evan Richards Now that the dust has settled on the Daniel England affair, and the ‘spit roast’ email trainee’s employer Shearman & Sterling has apparently dealt with the matter, it’s worth taking a step… Read more »

#RoundMyKitchenTable: The ‘Spit Roast’ Email Trainee

XXXX XXXX, a lawyer who was at university with the ‘spit roast’ email trainee lawyer Daniel England, gives the inside line on the City boy scandal to drooling journalist Alex Aldridge. Top employment lawyer Kevin Poulter then weighs in with his expert opinion as to whether or not the hapless Shearman & Sterling youngster will… Read more »