Posts Tagged: Kevin Poulter

How not to become a smart casualty at a law firm open day

Is smart casual a trap? A law firm "encourages" me to turn up for their open day tomorrow in smart casual dress. Is this a trap?! #Lawstudentproblems — Alex Lau (@AlexOfTheDay) April 15, 2013 The answer, of course, is yes. But, as effortlessly-stylish Bircham Dyson Bell solicitor Kevin Poulter (pictured below) explains, it's a navigable... Read more »

Is law really ‘very well suited to flexible working’?

Earlier this month Law Society chief Lucy Scott-Moncrieff caused some raised eyebrows when she claimed that the legal profession is "very well suited to flexible working". It's easy to say such things, of course, but what's it like to oversee a flexible working regime in practice? Nicky Richmond, managing partner of London law firm Brecher,... Read more »

Unlikely Piece Of Law Firm Artwork Of The Week

Amid the corporate swirls and twee etchings at HowardKennedyFSi's offices, where the Legal Cheek team was lucky enough to spend yesterday evening gorging on fine wine and canapés at the firm's merger bash, one piece of artwork didn't quite fit... Had a lost teenage boy put it on the wall having mistaken HowardKennedyFSi's reception area for his... Read more »

Is The Criminal Bar Finally Eating Itself?

Forget the rights and wrongs of the decision by two Tooks' barristers to start a company charging wannabes for pupillage application advice from their head of chambers, Michael Mansfield QC. And consider how it reflects on the wider criminal Bar... In the good old days, when publicly funded legal work was well-remunerated, barristers would never... Read more »

Is A 2:2 A Kiss Of Death For Wannabe Lawyers?

Anthony Lyons is a charming, intelligent part-time LPC student who works as a paralegal at top London law firm Mishcon de Reya. What's more, Lyons boasts an entrepreneurial zeal, organising the #AskaTrainee Twitter Q&A through his impressive social media following. In short, he's the sort of person who you'd expect to walk into a training... Read more »

PODCAST: How To Schmooze Your Way To Partnership Riches

When pushed to get out and flaunt their wares, many lawyers tend to think (but rarely say) stuff like: "I did not go into law to become a salesperson." These snobs are doomed for the scrapheap, reckons legal careers guru Heather Townsend – although she puts it rather more diplomatically than that, as she tells... Read more »

Podcast: How Far Should Bar Hopefuls Follow Their Dreams?

Incredibly, Yusuf Solley landed the first pupillage he applied for – with the Government Legal Service (GLS) then paying his way through the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). But despite being involved in some fantastic work at, amongst other departments, the Attorney-General's Office, Solley yearned to be on his feet in court... So after qualifying... Read more »

Happy Birthday: Legal Cheek Is One

A year ago today we launched with this post from Android. Since then, the site has grown faster than anyone expected – although that growth admittedly didn't get fully underway until the replacement in January of logo Mark I (pictured below) with the more tasteful Mark II you can see above. We’re now getting over... Read more »

Survival Tips For Baby Barristers At The Publicly Funded Bar

Last week, David Cameron’s former chief-of-staff, Alex Deane, explained to Legal Cheek why he tired of the genteel poverty of the criminal Bar – and eventually quit. Will things work out differently for this week’s guest, 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings pupil barrister Stephanie Wookey (pictured), who joins Bircham Dyson Bell solicitor Kevin Poulter (pictured) and... Read more »

‘How Will I Ever Come Out In Front Of Partners Who Say: ‘I Can’t Watch One Foot In The Grave Because That Richard Wilson Is Gay’?’

The words of solicitor-advocate and Law Society council member Keith Etherington, as he recalls how the legal profession’s attitude towards sexuality has been transformed over the last few years in this week’s #RoundMyKitchenTable podcast. Together with Legal Cheek's Kevin Poulter, Etherington is responsible for co-founding the lawyers’ parade at London Gay Pride – which takes... 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 »

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 »

How To Go From Corporate Law Into Human Rights Academia

Most people don’t stay at the law firms they join as trainees all that long. When I interviewed Freshfields lawyer-turned-author Jonathan Lee on Wednesday about his brilliant new book 'Joy', he told me that only five out of the fifty trainees in his 2005 intake are still there. This week’s #RoundMyKitchenTable podcast guest, Jill Marshall,... Read more »