Education and Training
Allen & Overy (A&O) trainees will undertake a business-orientated Legal Practice Course, gaining a business MA at the end of their training contract, from 2015.
Lawyer 2B looks at the varied forms of apprenticeships in the legal market, and asks whether they are really the answer to the future of legal education.
West End firm Davenport Lyons is looking to trim its trainee intake, following a “peak” of recruiting eight trainees annually.
Even the prestigious City firms are facing challenges when it comes to recruiting the best as recession-hardened students get tempted by other institutions and with new skills on the must-have list
US firm Davis Polk is to break into the London trainee market with a scheme that will offer a newly qualified salary of £100,000.
The University of Law (UoL) has boosted infrastructure investment tenfold since it was bought by a private equity house, figures from the institution’s first financial results since the sale was revealed.
Young barristers are “thrown in at the deep end” when directly advising the public because of woefully inadequate training that has created acute dangers around vulnerable clients, the Bar Council’s annual conference heard at the weekend.
The South London Legal Partnership (SLLP), which opened earlier this week following the merger of London’s Merton, Kingston, Sutton and Richmond legal teams, is to launch its own trainee scheme.
A scheme designed to support the work of young African lawyers in their own communities has gained the backing of lawyers from top firms and barristers’ chambers, as the City’s focus on the continent increases.
DWF will maintain its recruitment of record numbers of trainees, stating that it will be capable of supporting around 46 trainees every year after 2013’s staggering revenue rises and significant mergers and acquisitions.
England’s leading group of in-house lawyers is facing a commercial battle with its own professional body for the training market following a recent split over independence.
Legal aid changes could have a serious impact on junior barristers
Cuts and redundancies
Pannone has put more than 100 people on notice of redundancy since the firm agreed to press ahead with a tie-up with Australian-listed Slater & Gordon.
Norton Rose Fulbright has axed 30 jobs across its Australian offices, in a move that took effect earlier this month (14 November).
Davenport Lyons has closed its film and TV group following the retirement of department head Leon Morgan and senior partner Richard Moxon, resulting in four redundancies.
An unspecified number of jobs have been put at risk in Harper Macleod due to restructuring of its insurance department.
Wragge & Co is the latest firm to transfer a cohort of its support staff to third-party provider Intelligent Office, resulting in 26 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff members opting to take voluntary redundancy.
On the move
Swedish automotive safety systems manufacturer Autoliv has named China-based Asia legal head Anthony Nellis as interim general counsel, succeeding Lars Sjöbring who is joining Transocean as general counsel.
E-commerce start-up Powa Technologies has turned to internet giant Yahoo for the hire of senior in-houser Manu Kanwar as chief legal officer.
Eversheds has named Shanghai-based corporate of counsel Jack Cai as the new head of its Shanghai office following two partner exits, including former Shanghai managing partner Jean-Marc Deschandol.
Debevoise & Plimpton has hired litigation partner Tony Dymond from Herbert Smith Freehills in London, a year after the firm took heavyweight Kevin Lloyd from its City rival.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region.