Earlier this week, law student David Woodall set out some etiquette for asking lawyers for work experience on Twitter. Podcast co-host Kevin Poulter, an employment lawyer at Bircham Dyson Bell, and Barbara Hamilton-Bruce, director of legal operations at the Accident Advice Helpline, like David’s style – but advise students against moving in for the kill too early in their fledgling Twitter relationships with lawyers.
Instead the pair (pictured) recommend that students go along to events like Tuesday’s legal tweet-up, ply their targets with alcohol, then use the compromising information they obtain to crowbar themselves into training contracts.
Not that training contracts are the be-all and end-all. Barbara came up through the legal executive route. And judging by the sparkling new Lexus she arrived at Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge’s flat in, and the diamond necklace she casually gave to a tramp (pictured) as she left, the existence of an ILEX lawyer is a prosperous one.
Sadly, life has been less kind to Kevin, who has spent the last few days frantically emailing his boss to find out what the hell happened to his £35,500 bonus – the average size of a City law bonus according to research released this week.
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