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“The commercial bar has an image problem”: Essex Court joins forces with the Social Mobility Foundation
Essex Court Chambers is entering into a partnership with the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) to increase career opportunities for students from less privileged backgrounds.
Lawyers in the Midlands will see a salary increase of around 10 per cent in 2015, thanks to a growing number of firms setting up offices in the region.
"Reputational kryptonite": Firms scramble to tighten disciplinary procedures in wake of CC trainee’s Islamist rant
City firms are rushing to put in place procedures to deal with incidents such as the YouTube video of a Clifford Chance trainee expressing Islamist views.
Reed Smith and barristers from 8 New Square and Hogarth Chambers have successfully defended the rights of international pop star Rihanna in a battle against a t-shirt bearing her image sold by high street retailer Topshop.
PRC firm Dacheng is to merge with global firm Dentons in only the second tie-up between a Chinese and Anglo-Saxon firm in history.
Linklaters is targeting Mandarin-speaking native lawyers to train across its London and China offices, and work in China on qualification.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has launched a women’s trainee network, aiming to address the developmental needs of its female trainees.
News in Brief
A round-up of the day’s legal and commercial headlines, news and comment
Lawyer 2B launches some quick-fire questions at NewLawsLegal trainee Nicholas Davies
Law is in the vanguard of change when it comes to promoting diversity in the workplace, but much remains to be done in the office and beyond.
I was over the moon when I received the email from my partner, which confirmed that my application to participate in the Osborne Clarke international exchange programme had been accepted.
Lawyer 2B quizzes Shoosmiths trainee Nicholas Jupp
There are few more exciting developing markets than those in the Asia Pacific region.
Unless you have been living under a rock you will have heard that networking is a vital skill for solicitors, who must invest time developing a network of key contacts.
Some say we should codify the constitution; others that an unwritten guide is our flexible friend. Two lawyers argue the case.
Eversheds is no stranger to an international tie-up but now it’s in the market for the jewel in its global crown
"It's a fantasy to think pro bono could fill the legal aid gap:" Lawyer 2B meets DLA's head of international pro bono
We met up with Nicolas Patrick, head of international pro bono at DLA Piper, to talk to him about he managed to wangle a job doing solely pro bono at a large corporate law firm
Law students have little or no exposure to the issue of who ends up paying them, but getting paid is just important to a firm as it is to a client.
The humble NDA hit the headlines recently when it was reported that an extra on the forthcoming Batman film faces a $5m payout for revealing key casting details.
Find out why firms are scrambling to invest in California real estate to catch the big fish in the Pacific.
“I don’t want this to be a sob story,” says Nabarro paralegal and future trainee Jasleen Kaur. “I want to encourage other people, who might not feel like they can do it, or have been in a similar situation to mine.”
A successful vac schemer shares his tips for bagging a training contract.
Lawyer 2B has interviewed a lot of trainees over the years. We caught up with a couple of them to see how their careers have progressed
Lawyer 2B’s annual review of the best gifts being handed out on the law fair milkround.
The latest series The Apprentice caused the usual controversy - with limited success for the legal candidates.
Our blogger discusses lack of time, challenging subjects and Latin in her second installment on studying an LLB
Our resident barrister gives her tips for a stress-free Christmas in chambers
As head of the care team at Porter Dodson, I am often asked the same questions. What is it about the care sector that fascinates me and why should young budding lawyers consider a career in this sector?
As someone deeply convinced of the aberration and barbarism of the death penalty, I was overwhelmed when I successfully obtained an internship in which I would be assisting with the representation of inmates on the federal death row.
Lawyer 2B’s tame barrister negotiates the intricacies of life in practice. This issue: dressing for court
In the first in a new series about the LLB, our blogger gets to grips with the first weeks of her law degree
The Free Representation Unit (FRU) is a charity that provides legal representation in employment and social security tribunals for people who cannot afford lawyers.
This summer, I was fortunate enough to win Berwin Leighton Paisner’s Inspiring Leaders Competition, leading to the opportunity of a week’s work experience in their Singapore office.
LLM student Richard Murtagh talks about his work on death row appeals cases with Amicus
As an eager first seat trainee, the opportunity to work with the Covington capital markets team on a high-profile equity capital markets and M&A transaction was one that I jumped at, albeit with a considerable degree of nerves.
Events & Competitions
The Law Society is hosting a speed networking event for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) solicitors to mark national LGBT History Month 2015.
The Law Society’s Art Group will enter its 55th year in 2015.
Essay comp: Win £5,000, work experience and get published in Lawyer 2B