The trainee solicitor accused of racially abusing a bouncer at a Leeds lap dancing club has been found not guilty.
The jury at Leeds Crown Court took less than two hours to unanimously find O’Garra’s Solicitors trainee Michael Peters not guilty over the incident at the Red Leopard club.
There are more details at the Yorkshire Evening Post.
UPDATE: Friday 7 December 9am - Michael Peters found not guilty.
The trial of a 27 year-old trainee solicitor who is accused of racially abusing a bouncer at a lap dance bar began yesterday...
A second-year trainee at the Edinburgh office of DLA Piper has been found guilty of making homophobic remarks and attacking two students outside a nightclub.
Bruce Mangeon-Fairweather, 26, had denied the charges, claiming that he was the victim of a plot to “ruin” his fledgling legal career. But on Friday the presiding judge at the DLA rookie’s trial described his story as “inherently improbable”. The conviction is likely to have “profound consequences” for Mangeon-Fairweather's future as a lawyer.
Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge and Bircham Dyson Bell solicitor Kevin Poulter discuss the big issues awaiting the next wave of lawyer wannabes as they begin the new academic year.
What chance do those who are starting the LPC without a training contract stand of finishing the course with a job?
Will the soon-to-be-concluded Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) fundamentally alter the path to becoming a lawyer?
How should trainees and pupils play it as they begin their training contracts and pupillages amid wider uncertainty about the economy?
Over the weekend, 'The Budding Lawyer' wrote of the dirty tactics he had fallen victim to during his recent vac scheme. Here’s the gist of what happened:
The Budding Lawyer tells a fellow vac-schemer that he finds the trainee he has been assigned to "boring".
Later, during a schmooze and drinks session, The Budding Lawyer tells another trainee that he’s had "a really good time" with the "boring" trainee.
The previously confided-in fellow vac-schemer over hears this, wanders over, and says: "That's a lie. He said she was boring!".
My advice, delivered through the alter ego of 'Auntie Em' which has been foisted upon me, is below...
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 rest of the world thinks doesn’t matter. This understanding of people’s need to feel important is one of Freud’s most enduring ideas.
I’ve had a think about which trainee jobs make me feel most important. These are my top three. Please let me know if you think I’ve missed any out...
Earlier this week I caught up with Eversheds trainee Izzy Abidi – the brains behind award-winning junior lawyer Twitter sensation @LegalTrainee – in Shoreditch’s Commercial Tavern.
Acting as a kind of virtual shepherd, @LegalTrainee guides individual Eversheds trainees as they roam through the social media pastures, keeping them loosely in unison, making sure nobody does anything crazy and facilitating their dealings with other legal rookies.
Abidi (pictured), who was a journalist before she went into law, is handing over the account this month as she qualifies and relinquishes her trainee status. As slightly annoying jazz music plays in the background, Abidi tells me in four snappy minutes where the idea came from, how it has worked so well and where she sees the future of social media for lawyers...
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 in a situation like this I turn to the ideas of Sigmund Freud for answers. Seeing the legal world through a Freudian lens gives me an interesting perspective on things. Slips of the tongue become significant, metaphors say more about the speaker than the subject, and life just becomes that little bit better...
The Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society (JLD) has launched an essay competition for LPC students, paralegals and trainee solicitors.
The essay question is 'What impact should the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill have on the Legal Education and Training Review?'
Essays must be no more than 2,000 words in length. The winner will receive a prize of £500 and the runners up will net £250. Entries must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org – the closing date is 23 July 2012 (there’s more info here).
Inspired by this idea, Legal Cheek is launching its own blog competition – for which a lucky winner will receive the lovely matching cap and t-shirt pictured below (a present, since you ask, from my dad, who has a strange sense of humour, but sadly the fit isn't quite right...).
On Saturday, I received this private message on Twitter.