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Hot Law Students Fuel Valentine’s Spike In University ‘Spotted’ Facebook Posts

Recently a wave of university-wide “Spotted” pages have appeared on Facebook – enabling students to comment anonymously on fellow library and lecture hall users. In the run-up to Valentine’s Day, the posts on these pages have grown increasingly amorous. As you’d expect, with their natural beauty, brains and charm, law students have been generating plenty of… Read more »

BREAKING: BPTC Lecturer Cleared Of Grooming Boy, 15

Anton Van Dellen, a barrister who lectured on the 2011-2012 Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at BPP Law School, has been found not guilty of sexually grooming a 15 year-old boy he met on Facebook. During his week-long trial at Basildon Crown Court, Van Dellen, 41, said that he was not interested in sex with… Read more »

End Of The Day Round-Up

BPP Law School Bar Professional Training Course graduate suing Asda for £15K after its security guards ‘imprisoned’ him at bus stop in shoplifting mix-up [Evening Standard] Newly qualified Allen & Overy solicitor killed in Nepal plane crash [Full coverage on Google] Allen & Overy statement: “Everyone at Allen & Overy is deeply shocked and saddened… Read more »

At Last, Some Good News For Jobless LPC Graduates: If You’re Convicted Of a Crime, You’ll Get a Lighter Sentence Than Other People

Last month, BPP Law School Legal Practice Course (LPC) graduate Victoria Lawson admitted stealing more than £8,000 from John Lewis, where she was working part-time having failed to net a training contract. The expectation was that 25 year-old Lawson – who stole the sizeable sum from the Peterborough branch of the store via a fake… Read more »

Restricting The BPTC To Students Who’ve Already Bagged a Pupillage Wouldn’t Breach Competition Law…

…but it would put pressure on chambers to fund the course – and could lead to it getting scrapped altogether, writes Lancaster University’s Angus MacCulloch The plight of thousands of aspiring barristers who invest large sums of money to undertake the BPTC, but are increasingly unlikely to secure pupillage, has encouraged a lively debate in… Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Tuesday 19 June

Tory MP Nadine Dorries pays her BPP Law School student daughter (pictured) up to £39k of taxpayers’ cash to work as her “office manager” – The Mirror Lap dancer Nadine Quashie: Why I took on Stringfellows – The Guardian Far right law student Marion Le Pen, 22, wins in French elections to become youngest MP… 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 »

BPP Law School CEO Says Avoid Criminal Bar; Bar Council Chief Voices ‘Great Concern’ At Number Of Barrister Wannabes – Yet Still Students Keep Flocking To The BPTC

On Sunday BPP Law School chief executive Peter Crisp became the latest – and most unlikely – person to (indirectly) lend his voice to the growing chorus of warnings against doing the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). Speaking to The Sunday Times(£), Crisp said that he does “not advise going into criminal practice at the… Read more »

Lawyers’ Pinterest Boards: Top Five

Since I discovered the new social networking site Pinterest – which is best described as an online pinboard – I’ve watched curiously to see whether it would catch on with lawyers. Many have dipped in and made a few, often pretty bizarre, boards, then disappeared again. Take Travis Kovács’ Lawyers, Guns, and Money board (an extract… Read more »

Killing Time In Pre-Pupillage Purgatory

Pupillage-less prospective barrister Jack Smith is wary of forking out yet more cash on a masters, but daunted by the challenge of landing quality interim legal employment in a difficult market With only a few exams and assessments before the end of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), thoughts have turned recently to what the… Read more »

Kingsley Napley Trainee Solicitor Nets Brit Award

Blur drummer Dave Rowntree, whose day job these days is as a trainee solicitor at Kingsley Napley, bagged a special prize for his contribution to music at the Brit Awards last night, alongside fellow band members Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Alex James. Rowntree (the ginger-haired one you never knew the name of, until now,… Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: College of Law Drops US Degree Course

For the last few years, the College of Law’s (CoL) strategy has been to present itself as a high end establishment, while attempting to portray its rival, BPP Law School, as trashy. Hence the CoL’s 2010 tie up with elite American law school Northwestern to launch a US law degree, and the frequent assertions in… Read more »

Legal Blogging’s Princess Diana Moment

The Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) striking off of legal blogging pioneer David Harris last week caused quite a stir. Tributes flowed in for the ex-barrister whose witty and wild blog, GeekLawyer, won acclaim in the UK and internationally. Assuming the Earl Spencer role in the affair was retired BPP Law School lecturer Mike Semple Piggot,… Read more »


Follow @FellowsAdam Bar graduate Adam Fellows isn’t convinced doing a masters degree is a good way to land a trainee legal job One option for law graduates without a training contract or a pupillage is to study for a masters. Universities have offered LLMs for a long time. More recently, the big name course providers… Read more »


      This week, we’re discussing the importance of having a face that fits in law. With me is the head of the Legal Awareness Society of BPP Law School who tweets at @legalaware, and my regular guest, the employment law guru Kevin Poulter of corporate firm Bircham Dyson Bell.   Transcript: Round my… Read more »