Paul Magrath examines the current crisis in the penal system and how the government plans to fix it.
Paul Magrath examines the current crisis in the penal system and how the government plans to fix it.
Two recent cases in the UK Supreme Court have highlighted problems in the existing divorce laws. Meanwhile, two private members’ bills have been launched in the House of Lords aiming to provide solutions, as Paul Magrath explains.
Employment law is a popular qualification choice for many trainee solicitors, however newly qualified solicitor roles are few and far between and this was the case even before the (now abolished) employment tribunal fees were introduced. If you are seeking a career as an employment solicitor then you should bear the following in mind. Firms […]
The recent decision of the High Court awarding the popular entertainer Sir Cliff Richard substantial damages against the BBC for breach of privacy in reporting a raid on his home by South Yorkshire Police has raised issues about the limits of media coverage of police investigations, as Paul Magrath explains.
What’s the litigation sector all about? The litigation department at Mayer Brown now covers a huge variety of practices and industries. We act for employers, contractors, consultants and insurers in complex construction disputes on a range of projects from hospitals to defence facilities. These matters often have an international element, for example, I’ve had the opportunity to work on […]
At the recent Lord Mayor’s Dinner for Her Majesty’s Judges, the Lord Chief Justice spoke enthusiastically about the establishment of a ‘bespoke financial and business court for the 21st century’ in the City of London and the progress being made in the current courts and tribunals modernisation programme. But, asks Paul Magrath, after the closure of more than 230 local courts around the country since 2010, and with many others struggling to cope with even basic technology, how easy will it be for ordinary people to get justice?
After a private members bill was sensationally blocked by a maverick MP from its own benches, the government has brought forward its own legislation to punish the voyeuristic practice of ‘upskirting’, as Paul Magrath explains.
With major supermarkets pledging to reduce their use of plastics in packaging and pledges from some multi-national companies we might think that our problems with plastics are soon to be over. Before we get too excited though, other recent news stories include major soil pollution by plastic and videos showing divers swimming under islands of […]
New lawyers have to comply with many rules. There are (to name but a few) Money Laundering and, Data protection regulations, formal professional rules, Codes of Conduct as well as less well defined ethical principles. The trend, for solicitors at least, seems to be towards written codes which are less detailed and some might say […]
As we head closer to Brexit, we continue to see appetite from global high net worth individuals (HNWI) for investment migration solutions within the UK. The UK’s Tier 1 categories have proved resilient against Brexit uncertainties and continue to fare well. The number of Tier 1 Investor Visas granted was up 11% from last year […]
The EU’s recent refusal to incorporate a section for financial services into the post-Brexit trade deal has created significant uncertainty throughout the industry. While this uncertainty creates difficulties in terms of planning for Brexit, many institutions are simply planning against a ‘no deal’ baseline. What does this mean for the financial services sector? The omission […]
Nick MorganThe traditional “Big Four” supermarkets, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda might become the “Big Three” following Sainsbury’s announcement on Monday to merge with Walmart subsidiary Asda in a £10bn mega-merger. The combination of Sainsbury’s and Asda would create Britain’s biggest grocer by market share, meaning the duo would control just shy of one third […]
When I first started making training contract applications I concentrated heavily on my ‘diverse’ background. I realise now I was wrong to do so.
How can you demonstrate your commitment to a firm without just repeating what’s on its website? One graduate recruiter shares some tips…
Here are 10 possible topics – some common, some not – that may come up for discussion in a training contract interview.
Let me tell you why I’ve written this, and why you might want to read it. For over 20 years, I worked in the same law firm. It became – no thanks to me – one of the most successful law firms in the world. When I was a partner there, I was asked to join the group […]
Interviewing at a firm with a big property practice? Impress your interviewers with your knowledge of these three real estate trends.
Unusual questions are par for the course at training contract interviews and it’s easy to be caught off guard. We asked trainees who have been through the process and come out the other side about the toughest training contract interview questions they faced.
In 2018, a new trend has emerged among law firms for offering graduate schemes with a tech flavour. Here are the ones that have come to light so far.
Slaughter and May has increased its trainee salaries for the second time in a year. The firm last boosted pay on 1 January 2018, moving first-year trainees up from £43,000 to £44,000 and second-years from £48,000 to £49,000. From 1 October salaries will rise again. First-years will now take home £45,000, while second-years get a […]
Macfarlanes has announced a salary rise for newly-qualified solicitors for the forthcoming year. The City firm will now pay its NQs a base salary of £80,000, up from £75,000, with “potential for additional individual and firm-wide bonuses.” The firm has also announced that it will retain 21 of its 23 trainees qualifying in September, giving it […]
Addleshaw Goddard is revolutionising its trainee programme to promote legal technology as a potential career path for the next generation of lawyers. Starting from September, the firm will offer a seat to trainees that will allow them to work within the in-house innovation and legal technology team as part of their standard training contract’s rotation. […]
White & Case is to keep on 21 out of its 25 London trainees this autumn, giving it a retention score of 84 per cent. Melissa Butler, White & Case office executive partner in London, said: “The combination of a trainee programme that delivers consistently high retention rates, and a highly competitive salary and benefits […]
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has named Kaplan as the organisation which will be setting the new Solicitors Qualification Exam (SQE). The new way of qualifying as a solicitor, which concludes with the so-called ‘super-exam’, was first mooted by the SRA at the end of 2015, but it was met with resistance by segments of […]
Will run alongside traditional training contract and lead to qualification as a solicitor.
Travers Smith has announced its autumn 2018 trainee retention figures, with 100 per cent of its 21 qualifiers staying on. The most newly qualified (NQ) solicitors – six – will join the private equity team. Four go to corporate finance and two to dispute resolution. The remaining nine will all join different teams: environment; financial […]
Clifford Chance has launched an technology-focused internship for some of its future trainees, partnering with a lawtech start-up Lexoo, an online legal marketplace. The two-month internship, which began in June, has an initial cohort of two future trainees who have just finished their first year at university. Both were selected from the 2017 Springboard programme, Clifford Chance’s […]
You’ve bought the best suit money can buy and spent hours perfecting your hair. You may now look the part for vacation schemes but, as career coach and business skills trainer Husnara Begum explains, actions are just as important when trying to create a good first impression.
While you may have your foot in the door, converting your vacation scheme to a coveted training contract offer isn’t a formality. Here are some tips on how to go about it.
CMS has launched a new “next generation” vacation scheme for 63 students, based in its Cannon Place HQ in London.
Powered by Lexis Nexis, and featuring experts from the University of Law and Bird & Bird, this webcast explores the future of the legal profession. It looks at the developments currently taking place in the legal market, what those changes will mean for the future, and how students can develop the skills that will be […]
Is there still a social mobility problem in the UK legal profession? How can applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds get ahead? And what effect will the forthcoming to legal education and training have? Experts voice their opinion in our webcast
In this webcast, our expert panel discusses burning trainee concerns, such as: how to go about choosing your area of law, what support to expect from your law firm developing your business and commerce sense should you take a year out after an LPC? how not to feel intimidated by the unfamiliar work environment The panel […]
Powered by Lexis Nexis, and featuring experts from the University of Law and Herbert Smith Freehills, this webcast will help candidates make themselves employable in the eyes of law firms and barristers’ chambers, and land that first job in law. The content covers how to build a CV that can’t be ignored, personal presentation and […]
Harini Iyengar is a barrister at 11KWB, specialising in employment, discrimination and equality, education, partnership, data protection and procurement law. She is the Women’s Equality Party’s candidate for Vauxhall in the upcoming general election.
Christine Cordon has had a varied and unusual career. The first in her family to go to uni, she didn’t do a training contract but was an associate at Ashurst and has worked in America and in-house at the big banks. Now she’s the top lawyer at the holiday start-up Secret Escapes.
Shami Chakrabarti says she was surprised that the January 13 announcement of her imminent departure from civil rights charity Liberty attracted so much attention. Sandwiched between the deaths of singer David Bowie and actor Alan Rickman, the news made the front page of several national newspapers, notably left-leaning duo The Guardian and The Independent. Chakrabarti, […]