Law firms

Did Rochman Landau Solicitor Use Firm Computer To Describe Himself As ‘UK’s Barack Obama’ On His Wikipedia Page?

Lawyers with political ambitions, beware… It has been revealed today that a Wikipedia description of solicitor-turned-Labour rising star Chuka Umunna as “UK’s Barack Obama” was made from a computer registered under the 83.105.87.81 IP address of Rochman Landau. The top employment law firm is where Umunna was practising as a solicitor at the time, having… 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 »

Boyfriend Of Solicitor ‘Told Not To Have A Relationship Or Babies’ By Her Boss Goes On The Social Media Offensive

The boyfriend of solicitor Kate Baker has weighed into the row surrounding her sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and unfair dismissal claims against Devon law firm Follett Stock. Social media manager Tristan Rothwell (pictured left) began by identifying himself on LinkedIn as “the person she was having the relationship with!”… He then turned to Twitter to… Read more »

Survey Slams ‘Dry’ And ‘Staid’ UK Law Firm Websites

Most of the top 30 UK law firms have “mediocre” websites that are defined by their “dry” approach and “staid” tone, according to a survey by a digital benchmarking company. It names the worst five sites as Holman Fenwick Willan, Addleshaw Goddard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, DAC Beachcroft and SNR Denton…

‘Solicitor Saturday’: Law Firm Releases Surreal Personal Injury-Themed Sky Sports Spoof

For those unfamiliar with the show, Sky Sports’ ‘Soccer Saturday’ sees washed-up ex-footballers offer excitable commentary on unfolding events in the Premier League every week. Neither its format nor its content is obviously analogous with personal injury law. Yet Liverpool-based GT Law obviously sees a link, having commissioned this spoof legal-themed version of the show,… Read more »

It’s Official: City Lawyers Hate Their Jobs

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… Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: Mr Loophole Closes Down His Law Firm, All Staff Made Redundant

Freeman Keep On Driving, the specialist drink driving law firm owned by Nick “Mr Loophole” Freeman (pictured), is shutting up shop tomorrow. The firm abandoned its website earlier this week. The news comes just weeks after Mr Loophole was memorably condemned for his “sharp practice” and “repugnant and improper” conduct by a High Court judge.

Law Firm Exclaims ‘Delight’ At Having 43,000 Twitter Followers; Fails To Mention They’re Almost All Fake

In its September newsletter, Blavo & Co Solicitors professes itself “excited and delighted by our 43,000+ Twitter followers who continue to enhance the way we communicate and exchanged ideas through social media.” That makes Blavo & Co, a firm with seven offices across London, Hertfordshire and Surrey, Britain’s most popular law firm on Twitter, by… Read more »

For The Millionth Time, It’s MiddlesBROUGH! – London Lawyer Named And Shamed By Two Local Newspapers For Spelling Town’s Name Wrong

Adam Chapman, the head of public law at top London firm Kingsley Napley, has found himself at the centre of a storm for spelling ‘Middlesbrough’ wrong in a court document. Chapman (pictured above) misspelled the proud town’s name in a judicial review claim form submitted to the High Court on behalf of his client, Cleveland… Read more »

How ‘Statement’ Can Male Lawyers Be With Their Choice Of Footwear?

As Christian Louboutin prepares to open a new dedicated men’s footwear store on London’s Dover Street, a City lawyer found himself quoted in the Financial Times last week as part of an article about men showing greater daring in their choice of footwear, writes Legal Cheek’s sartorial advice guru Auntie Em(ily Jupp). Here’s the quote:… Read more »

British Law Firm* Is Obama’s Third Highest Campaign Funder

None of the ‘serious’ legal publications have reported the news that DLA Piper is the third top contributor to Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, so it looks like we’ll have to. According to Obama’s Fox News campaign page, DLA (of dubious journalism awards fame discussed below) has given the president $314,977 (£200,000) – more than Google… Read more »

DLA Piper’s ‘Journalist Awards’: One Suspension Of Disbelief Too Far?

Interesting, but hardly surprising, to note that the winners of last month’s DLA Piper ‘Journalist Awards’ have all contributed favourable pieces of editorial about the firm to their respective publications. DLA’s ‘Business Journalist of the Year’, Ian King of The Times, co-authored ‘How did business weather the economic winter? (£)’, featuring some nice quotes delivered… Read more »

Clarke Willmott Lawyers Accused Of ‘Shocking’ Omissions As Firm Pays Out £500K In Pro Neg Settlement

When paralysed motorcyclist Kenny Jordan took his case to Clarke Willmott, he would have expected the “Great service… Great People…” promised by the firm’s strap line. Instead he got what could be summarised as “…”. Paul Mulderrig of Mulderrigs Solicitors represented Jordan in his professional negligence action against the firm. It was concluded with a… Read more »

What Is It With Solicitors And Abseiling?

Look upwards when you’re walking along the street these days and chances are you’ll see several solicitors abseiling off buildings. Some law firms like Hill Dickinson and Hogan Lovells have their solicitors do it out of their office windows. Others pick big-name regional attractions to descend, like the Forth Road Bridge (Dundas & Wilson, Gateley),… Read more »

DLA Piper Lawyer Had Affair With Russian Spy Anna Chapman

“What first attracted you to short, balding millionaire Paul Daniels?” Mrs Merton once memorably asked the dancer Debbie McGee. Similar questions are being put to Anna Chapman (pictured left), the glamorous 30-year old Russian arrested for espionage in 2010, after it emerged that she was romantically involved with the rather less glamorous John Altorelli (pictured… Read more »

Through Gritted Teeth: Aussie Lawyers Tell Of Delight At Firm’s ‘Merger’ With London Giant Ashurst In £1Million Ad Campaign

To promote its recent tie-up with Australian law firm Blake Dawson, City giant Ashurst has released a series of videos as part of a £970,000 advertising campaign – one of the most expensive law firm marketing pushes ever. In the videos Blake Dawson employees explain how delighted they are with the “perfect match” between Ashurst… Read more »

A Walk Through The Law Firm Branding Hall Of Shame

DWF‘s recent win for best rebrand in the professional services sector at the Transform Awards was an emotional moment for the legal sector, proving that law firms’ logos and websites don’t have to look shit. Many still do, though. At the top of a fairly lengthy list of firms crying out for help is Gateley…. Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: Freshfields Celebrates International Women’s Day With Cake-Baking Competition

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which has one of the lowest percentages of female partners (12%) of a City firm, gave a hint at its views about a woman’s place by choosing to celebrate yesterday’s International Women’s Day with a gender stereotype-affirming bake-off. To commemorate the achievements of women through the ages, and campaign for fairer attitudes… Read more »

Fashion Law: It’s Booming, Darling

Jobless LPC students and law graduates, have you considered fashion law? Suddenly, everyone seems to be talking about it. According to the Financial Times, which isn’t known for its hyperbole: “demand for legal specialists with luxury goods expertise has risen stratospherically.” Meanwhile, over at US legal website Above the Law, Staci Zaretsky writes: “Fashion law… Read more »

The Worst Law Firm Ad Ever?

There’s not a lot that can be added by way of introduction. There’s more… Hapless squirrel: ‘I was hit by a car, that wasn’t…nice!’

Freshfields Trainees in Pretend Homelessness Adventure

Magic circle giant Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has given its trainee solicitors a rare break from their round-the-clock photocopying duties to mooch around London for the afternoon pretending to be tramps, reports The Lawyer. 24 of the firm’s trainee solicitors, who earn £39,000 a year, teamed up with a Big Issue vendor each for around three… 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 »

Are City Law Firms Dominated by Posh Lad Culture?

Some firms have a strong penchant for rugby types like ‘spit-roast’ email trainee Daniel England; others less so, says City lawyer Evan Richards Now that the dust has settled on the Daniel England affair, and the ‘spit roast’ email trainee’s employer Shearman & Sterling has apparently dealt with the matter, it’s worth taking a step… Read more »

Can One Fart in The Ladies at Work? Auntie Em Advises…

Dear Auntie Em, This one is a little bit embarrassing, I’m afraid. Okay, so let’s get straight to the point. I have a slight issue with trapped wind that is affecting me at work. My question is: how acceptable is it to relieve myself of the wind in the ladies at work? You see, I’m… Read more »

How To Win Clients As A Junior Lawyer

Writing under the pseudonym ‘Evan Richards’, an up-and-coming London corporate lawyer explains how to get ahead in the cut-throat game of business development How does a junior lawyer build their own client base? It is one of the most difficult conundrums facing any young lawyer. After all, until you have been practising for many years… Read more »

Solicitor Wows YouTube With Rap Video

Steve Wilson, a partner in the accident and injury claims team at Sills & Betteridge solicitors in Lincoln, isn’t the sort of person you’d immediately associate with the world of rap music. But first impressions can be deceiving. Employing a spoken-word style reminiscent of former The Streets vocalist Mike Skinner, Wilson eschews long-held conventions of… Read more »

City Pro Bono Falls: Airfare Savings?

As City pro bono hours drop, Alasdair Stewart of pro bono charity LawWorks is buoyed by firms’ greater appetite for ‘boots-on-the-ground’ projects Alex Aldridge’s much-discussed article on Legal Cheek yesterday about magic circle law firms’ plunging pro bono figures is one of those occasions where I’m not sure that the facts are showing the real… Read more »

Pro Bono Plunges Across The Magic Circle

As the slashing of the legal aid budget nears, it has become common to hear City law firms talked up as white knights ready to ride to the rescue of those no longer able to secure funding to take their problems to court. The trouble is, the amount of hours these firms devote to their… Read more »