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Arnold & Porter tops Thomson Reuters' pro bono index - but only 26 firms in England provided data

29-May-2015 9:30 am | By Richard Simmons

US firm Arnold & Porter has come out best in the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s 2015 index of pro bono, with its lawyers averaging nearly 80 hours each per year.

Mr Loophole

Women should breathalyse themselves the morning after drinking, says 'Mr Loophole'

28-May-2015 2:41 pm

Motoring lawyer Nick Freeman, dubbed ’Mr Loophole’ by the tabloids for his record winning cases on technicalities, says female motorists should invest in breathalyser kits to avoid the danger of being arrested for drink driving the morning after boozing.

Stock exchange

Gateley listing date set for 8 June with share price of 95p

28-May-2015 12:20 pm | By Jonathon Manning

Gateley has announced the date of its initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) will be 8 June.

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Sullivan & Cromwell sends trainees to New York, Paris and Hong Kong in overseas secondment launch

28-May-2015 9:30 am | By Richard Simmons

Sullivan & Cromwell has launched overseas secondments to other offices within the firm’s network for its trainees.

Test

Ashurst pay rises across the board as NQ salaries hit £65,000

27-May-2015 4:30 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Ashurst has raised its junior workforce salaries at every level, concentrating its resources on its 3 PQE associates.

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Shearman freezes associate pay but hikes trainee salaries by 15 per cent

27-May-2015 10:53 am | By Becky Waller-Davies

Shearman & Sterling has revealed its pay rises for 2015/16, giving its first-year trainees a 15.4 per cent pay rise.

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Weightmans brings in psychologist to revamp trainee application process

27-May-2015 9:46 am | By Jonathon Manning

Weightmans has revamped its trainee application process with the help of an external occupational psychologist.

Cambridge

Cambridge heads Guardian's law rankings as Oxford Brookes overtakes Bristol and Manchester

26-May-2015 10:58 am | By Richard Simmons

UEA and Edinburgh enter the top ten, Sussex jumps 22 places, while Nottingham, Newcastle and Warwick slip down the rankings.

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Stock exchange

Gateley IPO: firm valued at £100m, senior management set to hold £3.2m stakes

29-May-2015 1:33 pm | By Jonathon Manning

Gateley will be valued at £100m following its 8 June IPO on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), according to regulatory filings, with its senior management team each holding shares worth at least £2.4m.

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Commercial digest: Friday 29 May

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Stock exchange

What's the deal with... Gateley floating on the stock market?

29-May-2015 | By Jonathon Manning

Gateley is to float on the London Stock Exchange, becoming the first UK firm to list itself as a public limited company. But why would a firm would look to float, and what it could mean for the industry?

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Local authorities exposed in Child Act case

29-May-2015

Formulated in 1989, the Children’s Act sets down a guideline for the protection of, and provision for, children in the UK.

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The view from 2B: The Guardian's law rankings are useless - but that's not an excuse for law firms to dismiss non-traditional unis

27-May-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Another crop of university rankings are out and with them we learn that if you want to study law, Brunel and Bangor are better options than Sheffield and Exeter.

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Guilty until proven innocent? The implications of the new Senior Managers Regime

26-May-2015

Post-crisis regulatory reform is still one of the biggest challenges facing participants in the financial services sector.

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Stock exchange

What's the deal with... Gateley floating on the stock market?

29-May-2015

Gateley is to float on the London Stock Exchange, becoming the first UK firm to list itself as a public limited company. But why would a firm would look to float, and what it could mean for the industry?

family

Local authorities exposed in Child Act case

29-May-2015

Formulated in 1989, the Children’s Act sets down a guideline for the protection of, and provision for, children in the UK.

barclays

Guilty until proven innocent? The implications of the new Senior Managers Regime

26-May-2015

Post-crisis regulatory reform is still one of the biggest challenges facing participants in the financial services sector.

Sehaj Lamba

The business of law: how firms stay profitable

20-May-2015

Once upon a time when my ‘past self’ first considered a legal career, business and profits did not spring to mind.

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China: Quantitative Easing on the horizon?

19-May-2015

It is common knowledge that China’s economy has been slowing over the past few years, leaving behind decades of double-digit growth.

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What does the Conservative victory mean for immigration lawyers?

8-May-2015

Now the results are in and we know that the Conservatives have won a majority, what does this mean for migrants and indeed immigration lawyers? 

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What the FT? Cameron first PM since 1950s to enjoy whole term with no rate rise

6-May-2015

The Financial Times has reported that David Cameron is the first PM since the 1950s to enjoy a whole term with no interest rate rise. But what does that mean and why is it important?

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Law less ordinary: Parliamentary and electoral law

5-May-2015

“Politicians are an unusual bunch,” says Gerald Shamash, of Steel & Shamash – the Labour Party’s go-to legal advisers.

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10 practical career tips if you want to be a human rights lawyer

21-May-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Lawyer 2B attended a Law Society event on how to become a human rights lawyer earlier this week. Here’s what we learned.

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​Junior lawyer life-hacks: commercial awareness

15-May-2015

On top of excellent academics, a strong set of extra-curricular activities and plenty of legal experience, most firms now demand commercial awareness as part of their recruiting process.

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Why the BSB’s Professional Statement matters for aspiring barristers

28-Apr-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) recently said that its professional statement could be the key to unlocking the bar for many people who are currently unable to access the profession.

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Webcast: How to make yourself employable video

Lawyer 2B 23-Apr-2015

Expert advice on making yourself attractive to legal recruiters. 

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The view from 2B: The Guardian's law rankings are useless - but that's not an excuse for law firms to dismiss non-traditional unis

27-May-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Another crop of university rankings are out and with them we learn that if you want to study law, Brunel and Bangor are better options than Sheffield and Exeter.

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