A key historic plank of the solicitor qualification process is dying — but the training contract is going not with a bang, but a whimper
Two-and-a-half years on from the Occupy movement’s foray into the provision of justice, the 1% get their revenge as spate of court sell-offs continues
The craze of getting the general public to finance a business — and run the risk of failure — has taken a giant leap in the legal profession
Life as a solicitor or barrister isn’t always what it seems
“Fancy joining the Paras?” asks a Quality Solicitor franchise firm in Dudley, applying gloss to some fairly mundane social welfare and family law tasks.
Legal profession workers are massively more stressed out and pissed off than the average worker, a leading solicitors’ firm discovers after sending in the survey boffins.
Dominic Grieve QC replaced by a non-silk who promotes his ability to video-conference with the best of them
High street law firm newbies kitted out in silly clobber while the skateboarder from Dirty Sanchez takes over business development.
33 years on, one Slaughter and May home video star is still at the firm, another is at Herbert Smith Freehills, while the solicitor behind the camera has left the law altogether.
Lawyer also has a yellow and green office, a yellow and green car and only eats yellow and green food.
A chap standing for the bench in the home of country music bears some striking resemblances to the man with the Lawgiver pistol and purveyor of summary executions
It was traumatic and shoes were hurled from windows, but eventually the country’s “top” divorce lawyer was able to sign her own fail-safe document
Following Wonga’s creation of fake law firms Chainey, D’Amato & Shannon and Barker & Lowe, Twitter users have been having some fun with the #FakeWongaLawFirms hashtag. Here are a selection.
Parody accounts already alive on Twitter as pay-day lender coughs up millions in compensation
Legal profession toilets aren’t quite at ‘Trainspotting’ levels of degradation, but many could do better
Will colleagues at Winston & Strawn’s London office follow suit by … er … stripping off their suits?
At the risk of appearing puerile, may we draw your attention to one of Turkey’s up-and-coming law firms…
A battle of semantics between two US lawyers has culminated in one requesting to be referred to as “Captain Justice” in a surreal court filing that has swept the internet over the weekend…
A spoof cease and desist letter sent by the American Mustache Institute (AMI) to a baseball team featuring a high number of facial hair-sporting members has gone viral after a major news agency took it seriously. The letter — re-produced in full below — states that the Boston Red Sox’s “marketing of beardism violates the expressed federal… Read more »
Does it really matter if you don’t know what to do with your life? Perhaps not, writes legal academic and blogger Paul Bernal Though I am now a legal academic — lecturing at the UEA Law School — if you had told me in my undergraduate days that this was where I would find myself… Read more »
The law students behind the viral parody of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines have made a new video that pokes fun at their fellow legal hopefuls’ obsession with photo messaging app Snapchat… The video (see below), which is inspired by Akon ‘s chart topping hit ‘Smack That’, features the catchy chorus: “Snapchat, A selfie whore, Snapchat,… Read more »
Comedy blog Slacktory has put together a compilation video of rappers reflecting proudly on their lawyers. The twist? The rappers’ apparent enthusiasm for Jewish lawyers over members of the legal profession of other faiths. As the clip documents, it is a preference which has regularly been celebrated in song.
US lawyer Justin Bieber, the owner of Philadelphia-based J.Bieber Law, has launched a social media campaign in order to help promote his firm’s burgeoning personal injury and general litigation practice…
US lawyer Chris Sevier has filed a claim against Apple for failing to protect him from porn after he accidentally typed “Fuckbook.com” into Google. The misspelling meant that, rather than arrive at Facebook as he had expected, Sevier — who was using Apple’s Safari web browser at the time — was directed to a host… Read more »
“I have decided to start a new phase of my life. I do not plan to practice law,” explains Garrett Waltzer, a California-based partner at international law firm Skadden, in a departure email leaked yesterday to US blog Above the Law. At which point the prose takes an unlikely turn. “Instead, I have been blessed… Read more »
News came through overnight on Twitter that rapper Busta Rhymes closed yesterday’s American Association For Justice (AAJ) conference. And sure enough this morning on YouTube was a freshly-posted video of Rhymes – whose nickname ‘Busted’ is a tribute to his extensive experience of the judicial process – serenading lawyers at said event… “Any old lawyers? Any old… Read more »
Pursuing your dreams can come at a price. Deidre Dare (real name: Deidre Clark) used to earn over £130,000 a year as an associate in Allen & Overy’s Moscow office. Then she started blogging, publishing erotic fiction that was heavily influenced by her experiences as an expat lawyer. She accompanied her prose with pictures and… Read more »
Brilliant stuff from former Skadden associate Rob Pollak. There’s more from Pollak on his blog, Rob Complains About Things.
Irish court correspondent Ursula McCarthy has somehow managed to (just about) keep it together as she described an extraordinary sequence of events…
Mike Shipwash (aka ‘Lawyer Mike’) is an American sole practitioner specialising in personal injury law, who over the last few years has wowed YouTube with a series of R&B-infused raps. With their terrible lyrics (“rain: that sweet precipitation coming down from the skies, it’s like a nectar”) and cheesy videos, the tracks have developed a cult… Read more »
“First job outa law school,” wrote a Reddit user the other day, hyperlinking his words to this photo. Hundreds of comments ensued…
When Southampton University law student Tommy Chuang posted his brilliant ‘Lawyer Style’ video on YouTube last month, we billed it as the first legal Gangnam Style parody. But it turns out that the Korean Bar Association narrowly beat Chuang to this honour with its surreal ‘Lawyers Gangnam Style’ video, released three days earlier on 7… Read more »
“If you want my first name to be ‘Bob’s Supermarket’ and my last name to be ‘.com’ I’m cool with that,” writes debt-ridden ex-law student Jason Madsen on eBay. Madsen (pictured below) quit law school in the US after just a year having been denied an extension of the loan funding his studies, leaving him… Read more »
“After 16 years practising personal injury law I have now seen it all,” wrote Zenith Chambers barrister Andrew Wilson yesterday evening on Twitter after spotting Bradford’s ‘Pimp my Claim’. But who owns it?
Corporate Twitter accounts are often criticised for their blandness. But what happens when they go the other way and crack controversial gags about national treasures like David Beckham? BPP Professional Education (of which BPP Law School is the jewel in the crown) found out the hard way yesterday when its official Twitter account issued this… Read more »
Is the wintry mini-disaster movie created by Bhayani Bracewell in its YouTube Christmas card an unwitting expression of anxiety or a coded cry for help?
In October we reported on a US law graduate’s bid to pay off his massive debts via an appeal on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. The deadline for the ‘Save Nick’ campaign expired over the weekend. So how much did Nick Freilich (pictured below) raise?
Take a school uniform-clad Hollywood star, superimpose over her the logo of your law students’ association, add in some text encouraging female law students to “network” their way to the top rather than follow traditional pathways, and you have a recipe for trouble. Especially when you factor in the power of social media to make… Read more »
Earlier in the day we posted a note on our Facebook page about the pseudo-legal message that has been doing the rounds on said medium. Magic spell-like, the message claims to preserve users’ copyright over their postings. The message in full is below…
I may have gone a little too far last month when I urged criminals to target fresh-off-the-plane American lawyer Mark Herrmann. But the ‘London is so expensive and weird’ blog post he wrote for New York-based legal website Above the Law was annoying…