A Kent University LLB graduate has been denied access to the Canadian Bar – which normally recognises UK law degrees – because he got a third. The Canadian authorities have told Juron Grant-Kinnear that the qualification is effectively meaningless to them because of his "poor overall academic performance".
Grant-Kinnear got an average mark of 41.6% in his degree, with marks between 38% and 49% in his eight degree modules – meaning he almost didn't even get a third. He will now have to complete another law degree at a Canadian university in order to practise in the country.
To put Grant-Kinnear's degree result into perspective, of 444 English pupil barristers in 2010/11, only one lucky person had a third-class degree. There are, however, some notable practising barristers and judges with thirds, including Court of Appeal judge Mr Justice Andrew McFarlane. Oh, and Carol Vorderman also got a third. Perhaps that's why Grant-Kinnear feels hard done by...
Officially, City law firms are beacons of post-sexism enlightenment. In private, though, you hear all sorts of stories...
Occasionally one of these stories creeps into print.
Yesterday an article (£) about French people in London featuring Clifford Chance intern-turned fashion blogger Camille Charrière (pictured) appeared in the Sunday Times. Here's the relevant passage:
Charrière lives and works here, and has an English boyfriend, but she plans to go back to France one day. She first trained as a lawyer in London and worked in the City, but hated it. Male colleagues nicknamed her “Tiny Tits”, and she found the post-work drinking culture hard to keep up with.
EXCLUSIVE: In March, Legal Cheek published a story about a firm that was asking law graduates to self-fund a very expensive paralegal course in order to be considered for a training contract with them.
I decided it was too risky to publish the name of the firm in question without any written evidence of the programme.
A few days ago, though, the firm, Aston Carter Solicitors, went public with a finalised version of its pay-to-be-a-paralegal scheme, which will commence next month.
Here’s the deal: