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On the evening of Thursday 10th October six authors of posts in Legal Cheek's 'If I knew then what I know now' series will be gathering at the Google Campus in Shoreditch 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 to attend, but places are limited...
The speakers are 11KBW's employment and sports law specialist Sean Jones QC, phone-hacking lawyer Mark Lewis of Taylor Hampton, Brecher managing partner Nicky Richmond, Matrix human rights silk Matthew Ryder, solicitor-turned-commercial barrister PJ Kirby QC of Hardwicke Building and Norton Rose Fulbright head of planning law Nigel Hewitson.
To reserve a ticket, email [email protected] quoting 'Event: If I knew' in the subject line.
The Question Time-style discussion, which will be chaired by Legal Cheek podcast host Kevin Poulter, will start at 6:30pm, and be followed by drinks — provided by our sponsor for the evening, LexisNexis.
Here are the speakers' 'If I knew then what I know now' posts:
Sean Jones QC (11KBW): ‘The unacknowledged truth about advocacy is that it’s a sales job’
Mark Lewis (Taylor Hampton): ‘You pay a price for putting your head above the parapet’
Nicky Richmond (Brecher): ‘I naïvely believed that if I performed well I would be rewarded accordingly’
Matthew Ryder QC (Matrix): ‘A barrister’s rhetorical flourishes can be seductive, but eventually they become an irritating distraction’
PJ Kirby QC (Hardwicke Building): ‘I’ve come quite a long way since leaving Hull University with a Desmond’
Nigel Hewitson (Norton Rose Fulbright): ‘Get a job wherever you can and you never know when your opportunity might present itself’
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 and tweeting.
As such, there was broad agreement from the panel of star lawyers (pictured in action below) at last night’s Google Campus debate that legal rookies are best advised to learn their trade through the traditional routes – then use the knowledge they’ve gleaned to build their profiles online and launch entrepreneurial ventures. Expect a new wave of 'Indie Lawyers' in their late 20s and 30s emerging to shake up the profession over the next few years...
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 candidates.
Meanwhile, the Inns of Court-related glamour that has traditionally drawn students to the publicly-funded Bar is giving way to a sense that the hardship involved just isn't worth it.
Amid the gloom, however, there are some interesting new legal career options developing...
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.
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 high points had anything to do with work...
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 had a mere 15 minutes each to impart their wisdom – a timeframe that was rued by the opening speaker, 25 Bedford Row's John Cooper QC, who is used to getting rather more time on his feet in court.
Nevertheless, Cooper – of Twitter Joke Trial fame – still managed to draw a fairly comprehensive outline of the state of the law in relation to social media and how its rise has impacted on the work of media lawyers. Cooper also considered the developing employment law in relation to social media, explaining – in what came as a shock to me and other attendees – that the intended audience of an online post often has no bearing on whether the writer can be dismissed from their job or not. Food for thought for lawyers using Facebook.
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 piece of paper telling me this:
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.
It’s only 10 kilometres. For those unfamiliar with the metric system, that's 6.21 miles.
6.21 miles is less than the distance that thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, of British people walk to work and back every day.
Certainly, it’s not the sort of distance that requires you to don sportswear...