Posts Tagged: Law firms

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 »

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 »

What Are Law Recruitment Fairs For?

The trauma of the City law milkround drove law graduate Jade Ferguson to explore other less intimidating options The law fair was game face time. Looking like a poor woman’s Ally McBeal, I shuffled around collecting pens and receiving a fair number of elbows to the face from my enthusiastic fellow attendees. I got the... Read more »

Escape Routes From The Law: Doing a Hollywood

For the legions of training contract hunters out there, being a lawyer is a dream. But it’s not a job that makes everyone happy. The British Hollywood actor Gerard Butler (pictured), who started out as a trainee solicitor with Edinburgh corporate law firm Morton Fraser, didn't enjoy his time in the legal profession. “If I’d... Read more »

Ticket Price to Oscars-style Lawyer Awards Soars to £7K

How do legal magazines that have seen their print advertising revenues plummet over the last few years make money? They hold Oscars-style awards ceremonies for lawyers – and flog tables for £4,000 a pop to law firms which are “nominated” for their prestigious prizes. Well, it used to be £4,000. Indeed, 2012 prices at The... Read more »

Morning Round-Up: Friday 20 January

Belfast solicitor 'linked to Triads' – Belfast Telegraph Former judge Beatrice Bolton dog bite charges withdrawn - BBC Juror carried out internet research on court case 'because she didn't understand judge's instruction not to' – Daily Mail McGrigors and Pinsent Masons moot £282m merger – The Lawyer

How Would Stephen Hawking Have Fared as a City Lawyer?

Follow @legalaware The professor's arrival would have delighted a corporate law firm PR team, but management may have been less enthusiastic, writes LegalAware Unfortunately, Professor Stephen Hawking was too unwell to attend his 70th birthday celebration at Cambridge University last week, but a recorded version of his speech made for interesting listening. In it, the... Read more »

The Most Dysfunctional Law Firm Ever?

The recently released testimony of dodgy American lawyer Scott Rothstein – sentenced to 50 years in jail for a $1.2bn (£770m) Ponzi scheme fraud – puts events at Hogan Lovells, where partner Chris Grierson amassed £1m in false expenses, firmly in the shade. According to Rothstein (pictured): His now defunct firm, Rothstein, Rosenfeldt and Adler,... Read more »

Accutrainee Chief Hits Back at Critics

Follow @Accutrainee Founder of new cut-price training contract scheme responds to recent criticism from Legal Cheek’s Alex Aldridge and Flora Duguid No doubt the new Accutrainee legal training model won’t be right for everyone. But contrary to the opinions expressed by a number of blogs and articles, it can deliver many benefits to both firms... Read more »