I am the reporter for The Lawyer's student magazine and website Lawyer2B and Lawyer2B.com. I am interested in hearing news or receiving comment on legal education providers and higher education as well as news from student law societies and university unions. I also cover developments in graduate recruitment and trainees at firms, and pupillages and all forms of training at chambers. I am constantly on the lookout for profiles and mini-interviews of students, pupils, trainees and NQs with interesting stories to share. Follow Lawyer2B @lawyer2bmag and me @l2bbecky.
Training: Criminal injustice subscription
Legal aid changes could have a serious impact on junior barristers
Anderson Strathern has launched a strategic review after revenues dropped by 4 per cent at the latest year end, following three consecutive years of growth.
The website which shot to fame last month with its ranking of the hottest male barristers in London now contains listings of the most attractive women at the bar.
Careers: Meet the Transformers subscription
The lure of the law can kick in at any stage of life. We speak to four individuals who have made a radical switch to a legal career
Construction and energy specialist Fenwick Elliot will launch an office in Dubai early next year, after announcing dramatic increases in profit and revenue.
BPP university graduation ups the education ante subscription
For-profit BPP university move broadens market but does it ‘increase diversity’?
JK Rowling has accepted “substantial damages” from media firm Russells following her unmasking as the unknown author of The Cuckoo’s Calling, the High Court heard today.
The women behind the Tumblr Your Barrister Boyfriend, which rates barristers according to their appearance, will launch a female equivalent in the next four weeks.
Media firm Russells Solicitors has issued an apology for the actions of partner Chris Gossage, which led to the unmasking of Harry Potter author JK Rowling as the unknown writer Robert Galbraith, author of detective novel The Cuckoo’s Calling.
A new website that claims to rank ‘The 21 Hottest Barristers in London’ has been met with much mirth at the bar.
Net profit has tumbled by 14 per cent at Trowers & Hamlins from £16.8m to £14.5m, while globally net profit is down by 21.4 per cent to £15.8m.
Brodies reveals revenue rise of 7.5 per cent to £46m subscription
Scottish firm Brodies has posted a 7.5 per cent rise in revenue and an increase of £75,000 at the top end of its equity spread.
Lightsource chief legal officer: Sun in law subscription
Ece Gürsoy, legal officer at solar power generator Lightsource, jumped ship from private practice in search of professional fulfilment – and found it
Awards: Ethics and thin subscription
As two local law centres are lauded a third succumbs to funding cuts
Carolyn Pike took but a short break from her alma mater before returning as director of legal services at the University of Birmingham
IP crime unit launched by City of London police subscription
A new police unit to tackle IP crime and online piracy will be launched in September by the Intellectual Property Office.
Associate pay is up at top UK firms, but it still trails pampered chums at US firms
More pressure on legal education subscription
Legal education market shrinks again as NCLT stops taking on LPC, GDL students
Bakers, Freshfields and Clifford Chance sign up to support law centre volunteer programme subscription
Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are among the firms that have signed up to support a new scheme to train law centre volunteers.
News last week that the number of training contracts has contracted by a whopping 10.5 per cent in the past year is a sure sign the trainee recruitment model needs to be urgently reassessed.
US/UK firm pay gap widens subscription
Never has the gap between rich and poor been so stark - among lawyers, that is. NQ salaries can differ by as much as 368 per cent, it seems.
Asia-Pacific firm King & Wood Malllesons (KMW) has named partner Sue Kench as successor to managing partner Tony O’Malley in Australia.
Slaughters hands NQ lawyers salary bump to £63,000 subscription
Slaughter and May has boosted trainee and associate pay for the first time since 2011, with junior lawyers getting a two per cent wage hike.
Allen & Overy (A&O) threw away more money invested on trainees than any other top 20 UK firm, according to research by The Lawyer that shows that trainee attrition last year cost magic circle outfits more than £10m between them.
Pressure group: analysis on retention rates subscription
The trainee intake model has reached critical point with shrinking business opportunities compounded by high training costs
Accountancy firms are making better use of social media than their legal market rivals, research by benchmarking company Living Ratings has found.
Allen & Overy has raised its trainee salaries to £39,000 and £44,000 respectively for first and second years.
Claire Turner, director of legal and insurance services at the University of Exeter enjoys variety in her working life, which is a good thing
Irwin Mitchell has promoted its communications head Mark Duffell to the partnership in its largest partnership round to date.
Bristow LC: Rotor head subscription
James Howell-Richardson is flying as global helicopter specialist Bristow’s legal counsel and company secretary
Winckworth Sherwood has elected new senior and finance partners while handing another term to managing partner Roger Fitton.
Disputes lawyers across the market have broadly welcomed the Jackson Reforms, which come into force today, saying they will ease the burden created by disclosure.
Coffin Mew's social housing team goes to Capsticks subscription
Capsticks has acquired Coffin Mew’s social housing team in a move that will enable it to compete with rivals such as Devonshires and Trowers & Hamlins.
The University of Law will train solicitors in Hong Kong to represent clients in court.
More roads lead to law subscription
Lord Sumption’s assertion that to be the best, lawyers should not study law, is gaining acceptance among law firms
Training review: on wrong track? subscription
When the great training report finally arrives it may not answer the big questions
Lessened by letter of the law? subscription
Law school sends letter to prospective vacation scheme firms marking out 2:2 students
Social mobility initiative Prime, which launched with 22 firms in September 2011, has found that 20 of the firms involved have exceeded their targets by 10 percentage points.
Points of review subscription
The widely criticised Legal Education and Training Review is in its final stages. Opinion is divided on whether it will achieve its objectives
Diversity league table: female lawyers react subscription
The latest diversity league table from the Black Solicitors Network has shown that while a small number of firms are nearing a 50/50 male-to-female partner ratio, there is still a large drop off in female representation between law firms’ junior and senior ranks.
US firms steal a march on UK counterparts in diversity stakes downloadsubscription
US firms are leading the way when it comes to the representation of ethnic minorities in their workforces, although proportions remain low across the board, this year’s diversity league table from the Black Solicitors Network has revealed.