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Back to the office: what firms are doing

Far from being a complete return to normal, law firms across the country opened their doors a little more this month. How have they been preparing and what can staff expect from their old offices? Slaughter and May Slaughters has been less touchy-feely and more prescriptive than most other firms, telling staff to be in […]

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Eat out to help out: Cleary hands out £45 for staff lunches

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is offering staff allowances to eat out once a week with colleagues, in a bid to help them reconnect after 18 months of remote working. Employees across the firm’s European offices — from trainees and associates to partners and professional support staff — are entitled to claim up to £45 […]

Hot 100 career quiz: First Quantum Minerals’ Ciaran Boyle

Name:  Ciaran Boyle Organisation: First Quantum Minerals Role: Manager – Legal Trained at: Dentons Year qualified: 2011 Read his Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I vividly remember being somewhat bemused (terrified) when in my first few days as a trainee a partner in the financial regulation team seemed […]

Hot 100 career quiz: Hogan Lovells partner Emily Reid

Name: Emily Reid Organisation: Hogan Lovells Role: Partner Year qualified: 1984 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? Probably the completion meeting I attended to close a bond issue when one of the bankers asked me if I’d like to perform a ‘floor show’. The documents had been […]

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The speed read: a corporate question for Gibson Dunn; and HSF gets its funds daddy

Lawyers departed and re-emerged this week, while a familiar name in alternative legal services set forth on a new chapter and pledge to turn over £100m. Here are the key takeaways. HSF’s hire of the “father of private equity funds” has had the desired effect: people are talking about it  Funds veteran Jonathan Blake joined […]

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The Lawyer teams up with FRU for 2020 charity partnership

The Lawyer is working with the Free Representation Unit (FRU) as its charity partner for 2020. FRU is one of the profession’s most venerable charities and is the country’s largest single provider of pro bono representation, acting for people who are not eligible for legal aid but who nonetheless cannot afford lawyers. Its work is […]

Career development

An exploration of the modern-day GC role

Even today, some lawyers entering the profession have quite fixed and antiquated ideas about what career success looks like.  Most frequently, the assumption is that becoming a law firm partner in a private practice firm is the only measure, without considering that an in-house career could be equally as good. This idea is predicated on […]