25 June 2007
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Cash and harried
It is easy to be sceptical about many of these initiatives, as the temptation to censor everything becomes overwhelming for a law firm.
Not for A&O, however. Haylie Flatt was given the opportunity to talk about her working life and, from the impression the litigation trainee gave, it seems she has been home all of four hours since starting work at the magic circle firm a year ago.
For example: "You're on somebody else's time and have to record it. Also, you don't know when you are going to finish work each day so it's more difficult to make plans."
Then there is: "Q: What do you like to do outside of work?"A: In the past six months I've not had much time outside work, but I like travelling and spending time with friends. It's good to get out of London occasionally!"Contrast that with first-year trainee David Prynne at Travers Smith, who says he works at the firm because it has "a great reputation for high-quality work and training in a cooperative and supportive working environment".
Do we detect the dead hand of HR and marketing?Meanwhile, poor Flatt's cry for help continues: "You might come into the City thinking you'll have money, but you also have debts to pay off and rents and bills to pay.
"Finding housing and London's transport system also take some getting used to."
Yes, life's tough for a young graduate who's about to scoop £64K a year.
For those who are looking to break out of the daily grind of the law firm and into something a bit more exciting, then there is always the US Army (www.goarmy.com).
The army has launched an online recruitment drive to replenish its stocks of in-house Judge Advocate General's [JAG] Corps lawyers. To get you in the mood, here's how employment lawyer Captain Chris Haines got involved.
"He started out by enlisting in the infantry. He slept in foxholes, crawled through the mud and followed the orders he was given. Today, as a JAG Officer, he is the one giving guidance and advice for others to follow."
Give or take some mud, it all sounds like being made up to equity partner and then living the sweet life on the golf course.
But don't take it from them. JAG blogger An Army Lawyer (http://armylawyer.blogsome.com/) paints a more familiar picture.
"I've been slacking on the blogging lately. Primarily because nothing in the news interests me enough to comment on it and the fact that I have eight cases in the pipeline right now with four already referred to trial and another four soon to be referred. So yeah, I'm a tad busy."
Suddenly sleeping in a fox-hole doesn't sound too bad. At least one gets to sleep.
Mötley Crüe wants its due
The Wall Street Journal's law blog (http://blogs.wsj.com/law/) reported on Mötley Crüe's claim against band manager Carl Stubner.
Band members Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and, yes, Tommy Lee want more than $20m (£10.04m) for Stubner's poor management decisions. They claim Stubner forced Lee to appear in reality TV shows Tommy Lee Goes to College and Rock Star: Supernova "for [his] pecuniary benefit and at the expense of the band's reputation and financial position".
Apparently the band's reputation was damaged because "on national television, Lee was portrayed as an inept student, disrupting classes, playing videogames and muttering during college examinations".
Naughty Lee! That said, it is a fair bet that "muttering during college examinations" is not the most embarrassing thing that Lee has done in the public spotlight.
Firms Miller Barondess and Greenberg Traurig are the motley crew acting for Mötley Crüe.