Optima launches apprenticeships

1-Sep-2014 2:47 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Capita’s legal arm Optima Legal will employ 15 apprentices in its Leeds office, and may extend its scheme to London and Newcastle in future.


Osborne Clarke and SGH Martineau reveal retention rates

1-Sep-2014 2:00 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Osborne Clarke and SGH Martineau have revealed their retention rates for their autumn 2014 qualifying trainees, making the pair among the last firms to reveal how many trainees they are keeping on. 

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University of Law revolutionises bar course, sets minimum 2:1 entry grade

1-Sep-2014 0:01 am | By Becky Waller-Davies

The University of Law has unveiled plans to dramatically change its Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) in a move to set it apart from its competitors.

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Allen & Overy matches Freshfields, retaining 82 per cent of trainees

29-Aug-2014 9:53 am | By Becky Waller-Davies

Allen & Overy (A&O) will keep on 82 per cent of its autumn 2014 qualifying trainees, matching Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s rate but failing to top the high retention at Linklaters.


Conveyancing firm launches in-house training academy

27-Aug-2014 4:31 pm | By Katy Kinchlea

Wakefield-based residential conveyancing firm Beaumont Legal has launched a training academy, aiming to produce the next generation of lawyers and advance the skills of those already working with the firm.

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Hogan Lovells posts retention, sending most NQs to litigation and employment

27-Aug-2014 2:33 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Hogan Lovells has revealed a 77 per cent retention rate for its autumn 2014 qualifiers, employing 27 of 35 trainees in newly-qualified (NQ) positions. 

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​Lord Neuberger calls for cameras to be allowed in court

27-Aug-2014 12:51 pm | By Katy Kinchlea

President of the Supreme Court Lord Neuberger has called for cameras to be allowed into courts, stating that there is a “strong case for saying that court hearings should be televised”. 

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Norton Rose Fulbright reveals drop in retention to 77 per cent

26-Aug-2014 3:42 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Norton Rose Fulbright has revealed its retention rate for autumn 2014, with the number of newly-qualified (NQ) lawyers staying at the firm dropping compared to recent qualification dates.

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Clifford Chance opts for BPP, leaving Linklaters as only magic circle trainee group still taught by ULaw

2-Sep-2014 12:05 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Clifford Chance has decided to send its trainees to BPP for their Legal Practice Course (LPC) for the next five years.


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