Freebie no more

But this year’s jamboree is expected to be much more low key, with most graduate recruitment teams no longer trying to outwit each other on the freebies front.

Linklaters is one of the many law firms that is ditching law fair giveaways this year and is instead donating the money it is saving to charity. The firm has pledged £18,000 to fund the week-long StarLit Festival, which gave more than 3,000 kids the opportunity to read new books and meet authors (see story).

Although that’s bad news for anyone with a stationery fetish, it’s a fantastic development for 15-year olds living in Hackney.

After all, most freebies do just end up in the bin – if they don’t give you an electric shock, that is (see story).

Meanwhile, we reveal today that Lovells is considering the radical step of ditching its lockstep to ensure its merger with Hogan & Hartson goes ahead (see story).

That should prove a wise decision, with the firm’s profitability remaining a bugbear when it comes to attracting and retaining top quality partners.

But, as today’s leader recalls, not everyone at Lovells Towers was keen on merit-based remuneration the last time it was mooted (see story).

There are sure to be fireworks before this deal is put to bed.

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