There’s a reason not many lawyers move back into practice after going in-house, says Mark Smith
It was at law school when I got my first taste of the uncompromising law of supply and demand.
All my peers also had (at least) a 2:1 from a decent university and pretty good A-levels, and yet plenty of us were staring at the end of our Legal Practice Course (LPC) with no training contract in sight. I decided that my law school fees needed paying off and so applied for jobs as a trainee chartered accountant.
In contrast to the misery of law firm applications (at least a hundred applications, only two interviews, one of which was with a recruitment partner who smelt strongly of booze, no offers), I applied to four of what were then the big six accountancy firms, got three interviews and two offers.
Throughout the month we've been keeping track of the moustaches being grown by the nation's solicitors, barristers and clerks. Here are 14 of the best...
More laws are needed as religion declines, says Lord Sumption [The Telegraph]
Human Rights Court is dictating law like East Germany, warns Lord Sumption [Mail Online]
9 of the worst unpaid internships in Britain [BuzzFeed]
Ian H Watkins from Steps consulting lawyers over E! Ian Watkins picture mistake [Twitter]
Eight years for solicitor who stole £2m from vulnerable clients [Law Society Gazette]
US firms in London muscle in on magic circle rates with 87.5% fee hike [The Lawyer]
Legal aid abuse lawyer Steven Anderson struck off [BBC News]
Cheryl Cole wins X Factor payout after suing show's producers for £1.4m [BBC News]
The Times uses a wig to illustrate magic circle story [Twitter]
Slater & Gordon snaps up Pannone in £33m deal [Law Society Gazette]
LPC graduate: "Every lesson was dominated by the students who had bought their notes, done no prep work, and were sat with their arms folded giving snippy answers to questions with little to no authority straight from the papers in front of them" [Legal Cheek comments]
Judge Judy's district attorney son asked to step down after he is accused of trying to cover up his personal trainer's "child sex crimes" [Mail Online]
Is feeding the ducks illegal? [Jon Mack]
E! in potentially very costly Ian H Watkins picture mistake [BuzzFeed]
Heard in court [Facebook]
This ill-judged ad by US law firm McCutcheon & Hamner has caused anger in the blogosphere this week...
Update: 3 December — McCutcheon & Hamner has blamed hackers for creating the advert and uploading it to its YouTube channel. The Mail Online has the story.
EXCLUSIVE: A solicitor at leading law firm Kennedys is running a sideline selling law school notes to students online.
Operating under the names of 'GDL Guru' and 'LPC Guru', Helen Neale charges £69.99 per set of notes for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC).
A young solicitor at City law firm Ashurst has been ordered to stand trial in February accused of killing a motorcyclist by careless driving.
Longest-serving appeal judge, Sir John Laws, questions Lord Bingham's rule that Strasbourg is final authority on ECHR [The Guardian]
Litvinenko, courts and secrecy [BBC News]
Prison USA: Caging a country? [The Barrister]
CourtNewsUK tweeted this yesterday [Twitter]
Doughty Street barrister appointed patron of Hackney law centre [The Voice]
Sussex University promises legal action as students reoccupy campus buildings [The Independent]
The PI firm with huge growth plans that aims to be “last man standing” post Jackson [Legal Futures]
Meet "Goat Lawyer" [Bitter Lawyer]
Gay snub Cornish B&B owners lose Supreme Court appeal [BBC News]
Court hears claim that Nigella Lawson "was off her head on drugs" [Sky News]
Why make Scots law more English? [The Scotsman]
Jukebox jury: music's five weirdest legal disputes [The Guardian]
A must-have bottle of red for any lawyer's wine rack [Twitter]
"'Unless being an actor is the only thing that you want to do, do something else. If you don't have that passion and drive, you will fail.' I've always thought the same applies to the Bar." [Legal Cheek comments]
Do you know more about sport than lawyer-turned-sports minister Helen Grant? [BuzzFeed]
"It's all a bit distasteful isn't it?" [Legal Cheek comments]
Sydney University law students told to get over exam woes [Sydney Morning Herald]
Heard in court [Facebook]
CCTV footage has emerged of an incredibly poor attempt to win personal injury damages involving, originally, a banana skin...
An Oxford law student hasn't done his job prospects any favours after being caught on tape admitting that he plans to cheat in the Oxford Union election on Friday...
How do you compete when your chambers colleague bills himself as the "UK's Top Barrister"?
You label yourself, respectively, as "Best Barrister" and "The UK's Leading Criminal Barrister", of course, and embark on YouTube campaigns to drive home your message...
Sony files patent for "SmartWig" [BBC News]
Labour seizes on £56.4m under-spend on legal aid last year, as government plans to cut £220m from annual budget [The Guardian]
Britain’s biggest law firms are shamelessly exploiting the maxim that "you get what you pay for" [The Independent]
Independent Scotland would have its own Supreme Court [Law Society Gazette]
Beatrice Mtetwa: Zimbabwe lawyer acquitted [BBC News]
Law student claims to have made in excess of £12,000 from selling his "used boxers" online [Legal Cheek comments]
Multimillionaire bogus lawyer "has spent every penny" [The Times]
What does "dressing constitutionally" mean? [Lawbore]
Lawyer decorates house with 502,165 Christmas lights, shatters world record [The Atlantic]
Video of lawyer's Christmas lights display [YouTube]
American legal eagles circle the city [Evening Standard]
The ideal law school graduate? A "people person" who can do research [The Wall Street Journal]
Another barrister given silk, courtesy of the BBC this time [Twitter]
Ex-solicitor staggered drunk into filling station [Yorkshire Post]
"I recently finished my first year at the practising Bar. My experience is that it consumed my life" [Legal Cheek comments]
14 prisons that will make you question what you think about serving time [BuzzFeed]
Photographer wins legal battle with clothing giant Next after it stole his image of a stunt bike rider and printed it on children's T-shirts [Mail Online]
Which kind of law student are you? [GoToQuiz]
Heard in court [Facebook]
The other day I received this email from an Oxford University law graduate...