A Level playing field

We’re aware that many LND readers come from an era when you could get into a very reputable university without needing A level results that beat the UK’s current credit rating. So pity the generation of today, for whom anything less than a perfect score potentially scuppers an offer from a top uni.

Some minor comfort for members of the class of 2013 who haven’t done as well as they’d hoped is that this is shaping up to be a good year for clearing. There are plenty of vacancies left on law courses, and some very respectable universities are still in the mix.

The question of what sort of profession this year’s new crop of law students will end up joining is still open to question. As one managing partner tells us: “The more mundane tasks can in practice no longer be done by expensive trainees. Given the new normal of constant change which is likely to continue – how do firms intend to plan future hiring?”

With Shoosmiths the latest in a line of firms to announce that it will be training up school leavers as legal executives, are apprenticeships the way forward?

Also on TheLawyer.com:

  • A former client of Midlands firm Challinors has served a bankruptcy petition on the practice’s senior partner
  • Northampton firm Tollers is looking at conversion to an ABS, on the back of a year in which average profit per equity partner went up by a staggering 69 per cent
  • And Hill Dickinson is waving farewell to Sheffield commercial litigation head Giles Searby, who is joining HLW Keeble Hawson, but has picked up Keoghs fraud partner Stratos Gatzouris in Manchester