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Clifford Chance trainee blogging as The Lean Lawyer goes viral with anti-diet Instagram post

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Future corporate lawyer has 61,000 followers

A fitness blogger training to be a solicitor at Clifford Chance has given dieting the middle finger, telling her 61,000 Instagram followers she eats pizza and chocolate and drinks wine.

In a candid post liked by thousands, Alex Buckley shared two photos of herself in a side-by-side comparison (embedded below). On the left shows a picture of the blogger, who Instagrams under @TheLeanLawyer, when she was “obsessed” with calorie-counting and “unsustainable diets”.

“I’d lose weight but I’d never be happy with how I looked because I always felt that I could do more,” she revealed. “When my three week crash diet started to get too much, I’d give up and start another one 6 months later.”

A post shared by Alex (@theleanlawyer) on

Now, the University of Exeter law graduate rarely has salads, regularly eats pasta, goes out for meals and some weeks doesn’t make it to the gym — and she still looks great. Her message:

“Stop listening to the stupid magazines that tell you to try the latest bullshit diet that involves starving yourself. Believe me when I tell you that being healthy and fit will not come from any diet. It comes from a mentality change and from the knowledge that being healthy doesn’t involve cutting out any food group. Eat a balanced diet, do workouts you enjoy and have chocolate or wine if you bloody fancy it.”

The uplifting post is one of hundreds posted by Buckley, who also blogs at The Lean Lawyer. Here, Buckley reveals that her love of all things health, food and fitness peaked after returning from a year of overindulgence in Singapore, which she undertook at part of her Russell Group law school studies.

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Aside from gaining a 2:1 degree and building an impressive social media presence, Buckley has also spent the past few years working as a law mentor at her university and taking part in vacation schemes at Ashurst, Clifford Chance and Olswang (since merged).

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A scan of Buckley’s LinkedIn shows she has plenty of corporate law experience, but, like most I’m sure, she admits she has had crises of confidence in the past. Buckley — who has completed the accelerated Legal Practice Course (LPC) and whose boyfriend is also training at the magic circle firm — says that in the midst of final-year exams, she and a friend floated the idea of doing a personal training course instead. She adds:

“The university gym was our only escape from trusts law and so it seemed an attractive alternative at the time.”

Now, Buckley’s law-induced grumbles have dissipated and she is still hoping to become a lawyer. She says: “I am incredibly happy to be going into my dream career.”

Law and fitness don’t seem to have all that much in common, but there are plenty of people who managed to combine both.

Saffron Sheriff, who studied law at Lancaster University and at BPP Law School, continues to impress her 53,000 Instagram followers with her bodybuilding posts. And then there are twin sisters and law students Stephanie Baessler and Julia Baessler, who between them have a social media following of 400,000.

A love of fitness isn’t just the preserve of students. Eloise Le Santo notably quit her job as a barrister at Matrix Chambers to become a personal trainer, telling Legal Cheek: “There is just no way I’d go back. I feel I’ve just found the light at the end of the tunnel, and there’s no way I’d want to step into the darkness again.”

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42 Comments

Anonymous

The Jones Day Equity Partner must be in a meeting?

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Jones Day Equity Partner

Yes, that is the euphemism I use. When I saw these I realised I need to go into a meeting. So what if I need a box of tissues in that meeting?

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Anonymous

“being healthy and fit will not come from any diet.”
“Eat a balanced diet”

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Anonymous

Do you work for the daily mail by any chance? Classic lifting quotations and placing them next to each other out of their original contexts. Clearly the first quotation cited is a reference to a “Diet” in the restrictive sense (i.e. Atkins Diet, No Carb Diet, Smoothie only diet) whilst the second quotation cited is a reference to one’s overall nutritional intake.

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Dr Atkins (Dec’d)

Quarter cup o’sugar in it!

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Anonymous

That’s why LC readers are considered failures.

The two words are used in different ways – first refers to a diet plan, as in specific foods for morning, lunch etc, and the other refers to general eating habits (i.e not specific meals with specific restrictions).

You’re welcome.

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Anonymous

Some peoples lives must be very empty if they feel the need to praise themselves for eating and exercising. Very basic life skills.

Now…. I’m off to start a blog about how well I sleep.

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Charlotte

I have a secret blog about my toilet habits, including my progress chart on staying dry.

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Ciaran Goggins

I’ve got a photo of when I went to Sheffield.

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Anonymous

Stunning pictures!

Proudperson, eat your heart out!

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Anonymous

NEWS FLASH:

Eating in moderation is sensible.

This is all.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Agreed – not working out and eating normally has given her precisely that: a fairly average body.

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Anonymous

Meowwww.

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Anonymous

A 2.1?!

A very poor batch of interviewees that year I reckon…

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

I don’t get why anyone is ever interested in the (selectively presented) lives of people who blog, vlog, Instagram, Youtubers etc. Who gives a shit what their daily routine is, what exercises they do or what food they eat?

Mummy bloggers are the worst. But lifestyle and fitness bloggers are a close second.

It’s all so vacuous and boring.

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Anonymous

Then why on earth are you reading articles about bloggers?

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Anonymous

To comment on them.

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Anonymous

Alex, when you read this post, this is a plea to really think about what you are doing here. This story had already attracted criticism. Law firm partners are notoriously conservative and will guard the company image closely. For the sake of your future career, reign all this in and focus on the job xx

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Anonymous

This story is overwhelmingly positive in tone- cannot see how CC would find this as negative press. If anything it goes far to show that this is not Orwell’s 1984 and CC let you be a person with opinions- this is not a nanny state.

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Anonymous

What utter bollocks, Facebook is Big Brother! This is precisely 1984.

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Anonymous

Considering CC managed not to fire the trainee who went on a YouTube rant expressing some fairly fundamentalist Islamic views, I suspect a healthy lifestyle blog will probably pass the censors…

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Another girl who has to talk about “her journey”.

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Anonymous

Saffron is very well put together.

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Anonymous

Err 1984 ?

Isn’t there a scene of a woman on a screen telling and showing people to do their exercises indoors ?

I think there is, or something close to it.

We are in 1984. Clifford Chance may be awarding training contracts to youths who believe the contrary because they will be able to tolerate acting for ruthless corporations for longer than average.

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Trumpenkrieg

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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A-sexual

Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit

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Anonymous

Another vapid narcissist.

He body looks pretty grim and I am sure she would be ghastly company, talking about herself all the time.

Wind yer neck in love…

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Anonymous

I would if she showered first

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Andy Gray

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Anonymous

I think she needs a shrink. She sounds completely mad and self-obsessed.

Another very pathetic person seeking adoration in the ether…

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Anonymous

How the heck is everyone here so so bitter about someone who’s not doing anything bad for society? If you see from her posts, she advocates work-life balance because so many people in the profession end up having bad diets and not exercising due to the nature of the work. There are enough people who make the profession sound depressing and grim already, Christ.

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Anonymous

I’m sure she’s a nice and clever girl but she looks way too skinny, like she has an eating disorder. Let’s not pretend this is normal.

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Anonymous

Her LinkedIn says ‘future’ trainee solicitor…

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Anonymous

You’re all just jealous of someone who is doing far better than you

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Lardy of Counsel

Conversely, I get my five a day and walk about an hour a day but am still obese!

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Fembot

Tumescence not allowed as it’s sexist and patriarchal, breeding poses notwithstanding.

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Blogger

There is a 0% chance she is actually happy. If she was, she wouldn’t need to post it on the internets

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