CoA sides with Reed Smith client Rihanna in Topshop image rights battle

22-Jan-2015 12:00 pm | By Tabby Kinder

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.


China’s Dacheng merges with Dentons to create world's biggest firm

22-Jan-2015 9:57 am | By Margaret Taylor

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.

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Linklaters targets Mandarin speakers for China/London training contract

20-Jan-2015 2:48 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Linklaters is targeting Mandarin-speaking native lawyers to train across its London and China offices, and work in China on qualification.


Trowers & Hamlins first to report spring trainee retention

20-Jan-2015 12:05 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Trowers & Hamlins has revealed that it will be keeping nine of its 11-strong March qualifying trainee intake on as newly-qualified (NQ) lawyers, or 82 per cent.

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Hogan Lovells launches business school for trainees

19-Jan-2015 4:01 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Hogan Lovells trainees will attend an internal business school as soon as they begin their training contracts, the firm has announced.

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Weil launches first-year fast track to vacation scheme

19-Jan-2015 12:44 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Weil Gotshal & Manges has launched a fast-track scheme for first-year university students, offering successful participants a place on its vacation scheme.

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"Reputational kryptonite": Firms scramble to tighten disciplinary procedures in wake of CC trainee’s Islamist rant

22-Jan-2015 5:26 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

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.

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News in Brief

Commercial digest: Friday 23 January

A round-up of the day’s legal and commercial headlines, news and comment


Postcard from… Italy


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.

Nicholas Jupp, Shoosmiths

Nicholas Jupp, Shoosmiths


Lawyer 2B quizzes Shoosmiths trainee Nicholas Jupp

Emma Lloyd-Jones, Slaughter and May

Emma Lloyd-Jones, Slaughter and May


Lawyer 2B launches some quick-fire questions at Slaughter and May trainee Emma Lloyd-Jones

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Why is the Asian market becoming increasingly important to law firms? video


There are few more exciting developing markets than those in the Asia Pacific region.

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Effective networking: how to ‘work the room’


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.

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Does the UK need a new Magna Carta?


Some say we should codify the constitution; others that an unwritten guide is our flexible friend. Two lawyers argue the case.

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Eversheds go merger hunting in the US of A


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


Trainees need to get to grips with costs


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.


Under wraps: The secret life of Non-Disclosure Agreements


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.

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Race to California: Why are UK firms opening offices on the West Coast?


Find out why firms are scrambling to invest in California real estate to catch the big fish in the Pacific. 

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Jasleen Kaur's journey from Afghan refugee to Nabarro trainee

5-Dec-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

“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.”


Turning a vacation scheme into a training contract


A successful vac schemer shares his tips for bagging a training contract.


Moving on up: Lawyer 2B catches up with some old friends

2-Dec-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

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

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Law fairs 2014: freebies round-up

28-Nov-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Lawyer 2B’s annual review of the best gifts being handed out on the law fair milkround.

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60 second interview

Nicholas Jupp, Shoosmiths

Nicholas Jupp, Shoosmiths

Lawyer 2B quizzes Shoosmiths trainee Nicholas Jupp

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