Ed note: This is the fifth in a series of posts where leading members of the legal profession share their wisdom with the next generation of wannabes. The first four are here. We’re featuring one-a-week in the run-up to ‘Legal Cheek at the Google Campus‘ on 5 December. A career in legal services wasn’t my… Read more »
The other day I had a coffee with the guy who many of the top law firms bank with, Barclays head of professional services Tom Wood. As we sipped our expensive cappuccinos, while inwardly thanking our lucky stars that we’d been born ten years later than the current cohort of graduates being spluttered out of… Read more »
There’s currently a fad among lawyers to craft – and sometimes tragically star in – spoof videos. We know this because we keep getting sent them, accompanied by notes urging us to share the hilarity with our readers. Well, be careful what you wish for… Fouled-mouthed ex-Linklaters solicitor Nick West and his “goes viral” dream…. Read more »
There was excited talk of “profound change”, “broken business models” and “the end of Law 1.0″ at a debate hosted this morning in Middle Temple Hall by Riverview Law, the new firm-chambers hybrid that refuses to charge its clients by the hour. As the assembled legal futurists’ speeches crossed the hour mark, audience members were… Read more »
During a brief spell working as a paralegal at Clyde & Co in 2006, I routinely billed the firm’s clients for the many hours I spent playing the game ‘Snake’ on my phone. No one seemed to notice. Certainly, I never felt any urgency to get my work done quickly. Why would I? I was… Read more »
I recently received this email from a prospective law student… Read my response below.