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.
Freeths has opened its 13th office in England with the launch of an office in Bristol. The office officially opened last week, with real estate partner Adam Watson relocating from the firm’s Nottingham branch to lead it. The firm has taken space in what has emerged as Bristol’s legal quarter, behind Temple Meads station. Watson […]
Exchange Chambers is set to double its number of pupil barristers from 2020. The set, which works out of Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester, currently takes three pupils a year, but has committed to increase that number to at least six, and potentially up to eight. Its pupillage award will remain at £25,000. The set is […]
Now that Brexit has been postponed another six months, it’s amazing how quickly the press can move on to the next story. This week it’s been the fate of Julian Assange, unceremoniously booted out of the Ecuadorian Embassy and into the waiting arms of the Metropolitan Police’s finest. Assange’s legal team hail from Doughty Street […]
Shoosmiths is to increase its trainee numbers to 30 per year, beginning next autumn. The firm currently has 22 trainees at any one time but is increasing that number as part of its wider growth plans. It will take 24 trainees in its September 2019 intake and six trainees in March 2020, with the aim […]
Allen & Overy (A&O) has made up 34 partners in its latest round of promotions, including 14 in London. The amount made up is far in excess of the norm at A&O in recent years. The last time the number of promotions worldwide exceeded 25 was in 2008, when the firm promoted 28. In London, […]
Baker McKenzie has announced its retention figures for the spring, keeping on 12 of 17 final-seat trainees. The 70 per cent retention rate is unusually low for the firm, which made made 14 offers, with two declining to join smaller teams in other firms. Three of the newly qualified solicitors will join the firm’s corporate […]