Rich is The Lawyer’s features editor. He was previously editor of The Lawyer’s student publication Lawyer 2B, and therefore covers everything to do with legal education, training contracts and pupillage, as well as lawyers’ ongoing career development. Also falling within his remit are topics including diversity in law, pro bono and access to justice.
Clifford Chance has become the first of the magic circle firms to unveil its retention figures for the spring, keeping on 34 of its 40 qualifiers, or 85 per cent. All 40 trainees applied for newly qualified jobs at the firm, with all 34 of those made offers accepting. Clifford Chance does not comment on […]
Last orders for law’s drinking culture? Really not very many years ago, the news that the Junior Lawyers Division was not going to serve alcohol at its events would probably have been received with hilarity. What is life at the Bar, after all, without a cheeky snifter at the Seven Stars? And whether it’s The […]
Many of us may have over-indulged this festive season and as January brings the start of a new year with good intentions, the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society discusses some of its key objectives for the year ahead to support junior lawyers in England and Wales.
The Junior Lawyers Division of The Law Society (JLD) has released new recommendations on creating a healthy alcohol culture within law firms. To mark the launch, the JLD will not be serving alcohol at any of its events during January 2020. Among the JLD’s nine recommendations for law firms: swapping “boozy” prizes and rewards like […]
BPP Law School has been taken off the market following six months in which no potential buyer willing to pay the asking price was found, The Lawyer understands. Apollo Global, the parent company, of BPP, put the law school up for sale in June. It originally bought the law school for £368m in 2009 and […]
A host of new lawyers have entered Parliament as a result of the Conservative Party’s decisive victory last night. In Stroud, Conservative Siobhan Baillie gained the marginal seat from Labour. Baillie, a non-practising family solicitor, worked her way up from legal secretary to qualify. Peter Gibson gained another marginal seat for the Tories: Darlington. Gibson […]
Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has launched its new version of the vocational training course for barristers. The Barristers Training Course (BTC) and the LLM Barristers Training Course (LLM BTC) will replace the old Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). The Bar Standards Board has authorised the change. The 2019/20 fee for the […]
The majority of in-house lawyers working in the 100 largest companies in the current FTSE350 are female, new data from The Lawyer has revealed, with a gender split of 59 per cent to 41 per cent in favour of women across the group’s biggest businesses. But despite this, the majority of lawyers filling the most […]
Firms serious about bagging the best graduate talent should take a look at Clifford Chance A few years back, a bunch of firms set up events for first-year law undergraduates – a group long ignored on the milkround in favour of second and third-years. We predicted what seemed like the obvious conclusion: the war for […]