Education and Training
After a surge of activity including a restructure that scattered legal services across the business and deep cuts to the panel roster, the EDF Energy team say they are the stronger for it.
Generation Y law students have distinct career priorities and progressive values. They aren’t seduced by traditional recruitment campaigns, which has prompted a flurry of firm branding overhauls – with varying success.
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.
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
Move of the week
Gateley has hired Craig Rattray to join the firm’s commercial, technology and media team in London. Rattray joins from Olswang where he was a commercial partner, advising clients across a number of practice areas including commercial, regulatory, corporate finance and tax
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices.
Patent and trademark firm JA Kemp has appointed IP litigator Alan Bryson as head of its litigation group. He joins from Wilberforce Chambers, where he was a barrister. Before being called to the bar in 2004, he was an IP partner with Clifford Chance ...
Move of the week