NQs face dole queue as retention rates drop

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  • I agree with the 9.45 am post above. The complaint at 3.20 a.m. uses sentences which rely on punctuation for their meaning and are excessively long. As a consumer of legal services this style of lawyering is one of my pet hates.

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  • Ohh stop already!! Yes the point about bad grammar from previous posters has been made, and made again and again.....zzzzzzzzzzzzz!!! No wonder lawyers are considered so boring.

    Getting back to the main issue - For those of you who did receive an NQ offer, what did you do differently to your colleagues who did not receive any offers?

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  • To Anon yesterday @ 7:00 pm. Gordon Brown is speculating that the emerging economies, particularly China and India, will continue to grow. The idea that the world economy will double in size is based on projected population increases, and the belied that the economy will grow with the population. It's dangerous to assume that this kind of growth will necessarily be good for British business however, and particularly that it will be good for English law firms. We've already seen a growth in outsourcing legal services to India, and I suspect we will see more.

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  • 9.45am: you're right. Touché.

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  • If your written English is cr*p, don't become a solicitor.
    Pithy enough?

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  • Anonymous, the less/fewer distinction is a tiresome and pointless piece of pedantry, and it is on its way out, like many pedantries before it. There is nothing that pedants can do to stop this natural and desirable process.

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  • The less/fewer obsession is nothing to do with "standards", Both words are equally clear, and the "rule" deeming one to be correct and the other to be incorrect is arbitrary and pointless. The English language will lose no clarity or flexibility when this rule expires, as it will. Pretty much all the people who care about this point are older than me, and I am thirty-seven next month.

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  • Loving the pedantry. All of you who don't have NQ positions to look forward to can at least take comfort in the fact that if you do manage to break out of the law the chances are the will be less (so shoot me) tossers like these in your life.

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  • Re 'less' and 'fewer': Sorry but applicants really need to get their heads around that sort of thing. Lawyers must express themselves as precisely as possible for various reasons.

    It is unfortunate for you if you weren't taught much about grammar at school, but you should consider it crucial to make up any gaps in your knowledge.

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  • Instead of attempting to justify your pathetic need to feel superior to others by quibbling about grammar, would all of you like to consider what you would have felt had you been a trainee qualifying in one of the worst recessions? Not only do many of them not have jobs to go to in September, but they have no hope of getting any. For some, they will be the lost generation, unable to qualify into a profession which has effectively thrown them on the scrapheap (in many cases with substantial debts) before they have had a chance to demonstrate their potential.

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