Training contracts

Welcome To The ‘Envy Economy’ Of City Law Firms

I spend my days in the office listening to management speak. When I’m not going forward, I’m circling back. Before touching base, I’m leveraging my talent to provide solutions. And if that fails, I’m actioning a synergistic paradigm shift strategy (acronymised, of course, as ‘SPSS’). But my favourite phrase is ‘economy’, writes TheTraineeComplex...

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 »

A G&T With @LegalTrainee Founder Izzy Abidi

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... Read more »

‘Does Grindr Count As An Extra-Curricular Activity?’

The other day, desperate for something memorable to put in the gaping 'outside interests' section of his training contract application form, law student @MoykeG tweeted: "Does Grindr count as an extra-curricular activity?" With the TC application deadline upon us today, Auntie Em (aka Emily Jupp) advises: Dear Moyke, I have asked some friends about this... Read more »

Plan B: If You Can’t Get a TC Or Pupillage, Become An Entrepreneur

The BBC’s Paul 'I’ve-lived-in-London-for-20-years-but-still-speak-like-a-miner' Mason is pessimistic about the future of conventional graduate jobs. "The west's model is broken. It cannot deliver enough high-value work for its highly educated workforce," he wrote last week. But Mason is encouraged by the initiative shown by the youth of today, who he believes could be saved by their... 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 »

Aston Carter Claims BPP Law School Described Its Pay-To-Be-A-Paralegal Scheme As ‘Novel And Inspiring’

Last month, Legal Cheek exclusively revealed that Aston Carter Solicitors was asking law graduates to self-fund a very expensive paralegal course in order to be considered for a training contract with them. Over the weekend, the firm’s senior partner, Henry Telewa, posted a response to the story. In it, he claimed that Alison Wells, director... Read more »

PODCAST: Be Yourself, Not Some ‘Made In Chelsea’ Clone

With Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge on yet another foreign jolly, Bircham Dyson Bell lawyer Kevin Poulter takes up the podcast reins (yes, podcasts have reins) to deliver a moving soliloquy about his decade-long love affair with legal services. Well, that was the plan until former chair of the Association of Women Solicitors Dawn Dixon... Read more »