On the evening of Monday 24 March seven contributors to the 'If I knew then what I know now' series will be gathering at Inner Temple to answer questions on how to make it to the top in law — or even just how to land a training contract or pupillage. The event is free... Read more »
Social media is giving individual solicitors and barristers a voice and helping them to develop their careers in new directions. In doing so, it’s stripping away some of the power of big law firms and chambers. But rigid trainee and pupil recruitment procedures make it much harder for law students to benefit directly from blogging... Read more »
This is the central question that the panel will be discussing at Legal Cheek's Google Campus event this evening. The boom era narratives that attracted students to the law are fading. City law salaries are no longer spiralling; instead they're stagnant, with trainee numbers falling and many corporate firms desperately scouring the horizon for merger... Read more »
Surreal scenes yesterday evening at the Criminal Bar Association’s (CBA) annual 'Kalisher lecture', which was delivered by Judge John Deed actor Martin Shaw. The gist of Shaw’s weird speech was: I don’t know much about law, but I love the glamour of the Inns of Court and I'm worried deregulation might spoil it.
On the evening of Wednesday 5 December Legal Cheek is hosting a star-studded panel debate at the Google Campus in Shoreditch. Speakers include New Statesman legal correspondent David Allen Green, UK Human Rights Blog editor and practising barrister Adam Wagner, magic circle lawyer-turned-Queen Mary University of London academic Jill Marshall, Accutrainee founder Susan Cooper, Seed... 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 »
There was excited talk of "profound change", "broken business models" and "the end of Law 1.0" at a debate hosted this morning in Middle Temple Hall by Riverview Law, the new firm-chambers hybrid that refuses to charge its clients by the hour. As the assembled legal futurists' speeches crossed the hour mark, audience members were... Read more »
Legal Cheek roving reporter Cat Pond reviews yesterday's Weber Shandwick 'Social Media & the Law' event, where Twitter Joke Trial silk John Cooper QC and several other high-profile guests spent an interesting morning Armed with cups of coffee, the assembled attendees at yesterday’s 'Social media and the Law' breakfast seminar took their seats. The panelists... Read more »
Sitting in the Barley Mow pub in east London one Friday night, the conversation wandered towards the idea of establishing a networking group for the start-up community, writes trainee solicitor Mark Needham...
"Ooh, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC will be speaking," I thought as I read the flyer for Wednesday evening’s launch of the new higher apprenticeship for legal services. So, keen to hear what the fiery Glaswegian had to say about the school-leaver route into law, I went along. But upon arrival, I was handed a grease-stained... Read more »
The food (pictured below) was cold, the award presentations seemed to go on forever and event host Jason Manford looked like he’d rather have been anywhere else but the Grosvenor Hotel. Still, last night’s The Lawyer Awards provided some interesting insights into the legal profession’s soul.
I know it’s great to raise money for worthy causes – and I’m personally very proud of the £1,000 that I raised yesterday for my favourite charity, the College of Law – but even so, I feel it necessary to point out the elephant in the delightful Thames-side room that is the London Legal Walk.... Read more »
For the first time in English legal history, newly qualified lawyers have sworn their version of a Hippocratic Oath. It happened yesterday at the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives’ (CILEX) graduation ceremony (pictured below) – the first to take place since the body got its Royal Charter – and sounded to the untrained ear not... Read more »
Last night, with just 99 days to go to the London Olympics, Anglo-German law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer held a glitzy party featuring trapeze artists and BMXers to celebrate its £10 million sponsorship of the 2012 games. The hitch with the biggest law firm sponsorship deal in history?