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It’s been a busy week for the Lawyer 2B gang. On Tuesday (21 June) we donned our cocktail dresses and headed for the swanky Grosvenor House hotel on London’s Park Lane for The Lawyer Awards.
The annual event celebrates the achievements of the UK’s top law firms and individual lawyers. The biggest prize of the night went to Norton Rose, which picked up the gong for Law Firm of the Year while Blackstone scooped Chambers of the Year (see full results).
Meanwhile, later today (23 June) we’re heading to the River Thames for Lawyer 2B’s student law society summer party where, together with Kaplan Law School, we will be playing host to representatives from over 20 universities. I just hope the rain stays away otherwise it could prove to be quite a wet experience.
But it hasn’t just been parties this week. It’s also been pretty busy on the news front and unfortunately not all of it is particularly positive. For instance, we revealed on Monday (20 June) that the training contract market across the top 20 law firms has shrunk by 10 per cent since the start of the financial crisis. SNR Denton was the worst performer with the number of vacancies advertised by the firm dropping by nearly 50 per cent (read more).
Elsewhere, as the axe falls on the public sector Westminster University is set to make 20 per cent of staff in its law faculty redundant (read more).
But in a more positive move the law school is hoping to launch a new exempting law degree, which will squeeze the LLB and LPC into just three years.
Saying that, given the state of the LPC market I do wonder who is really going to benefit from such a course?