Education and Training
Students are more prepared than ever, with first-years barely shaking off Freshers flu before throwing themselves into law firm events.
US firms indulge in London hiring binge, but Mayer Brown bucks the trend
Clifford Chance becomes the latest firm to drop ULaw for BPP as its LPC provider
Three of the five top UK firms ramp up their trainee retention rates
Ashurst has broken its two-year pay freeze for London-based trainees and newly-qualified lawyers, upping its junior pay bands by up to 3.3 per cent.
Kaplan ditching its BPTC shows why a rethink is needed to maintain quality
Brown Rudnick has pulled offers from half of the associates set to join the firm in the autumn, a move that comes weeks after it announced plans to bolster its London IP team.
Offshore firm Ogier is piloting a scheme to use paralegal roles as a potential stepping-stone to qualifying as a lawyer.
The BBC is to hire three legal services apprentices to join its in-house legal team in London, making it the latest organisation to throw its weight behind legal apprenticeships.
The law school war shows no signs of ending. But we have, perhaps, reached the end of the beginning.
Nigel Savage – the visionary, combative and at times controversial president of the University of Law – is to retire from his post this spring after 18 years in the top slot, the institution announced today.
A response to the LSB draft statutory guidance on legal education
Cuts and redundancies
BLM has launched a new marine insurance team with the addition of legacy Greenwoods partner Gemma Pearce and two other fee-earners from Parabis’ defunct Bristol office.
Edwards Wildman Palmer has entered a redundancy consultation, with a view to axing a small number of staff in London.
DWF has made 15 secretaries, six solicitors, four paralegals, and one analyst from its fraud, intelligence and motor teams redundant following a consultation that kicked off in June.
Parabis has cut 24 fee earner roles from its Croydon-based claimant firm Cogent Law.
Parabis has decided to close its offices in Bristol and Colchester following a 40-day consultation, with 41 staff affected.
On the move
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
Move of the week Millar
Irwin Mitchell has appointed DWF’s pensions head Martin Jenkins to lead its national pensions practice from London.
DAC Beachcroft and DWF have both made team hires in Bristol, with the latter swooping on Greenwoods for a second time after Parabis closed its office in the city.
Reed Smith has recruited DLA Piper partner and former tax head Simon Gough to its partnership. He joins the firm’s tax, benefits and wealth planning group.