Training contracts

After years of study, the final stage of your route to qualifying as a solicitor will involve a compulsory period of work-based learning known as the training contract

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Birketts latest to bump up trainee intake size

The East Anglian firm is to take ten per year, up from eight.


Macfarlanes becomes latest firm to boost its trainee intake size

Macfarlanes is to increase its trainee intake size from 2018.


Clifford Chance has best grad recruitment website, say students

Clifford Chance has the best website for graduates, according to Lawyer 2B’s survey of student attitudes.

City Gherkin

Bird & Bird records 88 per cent retention

Bird & Bird has revealed its autumn retention for 2015, with 15 of 18 staying on at the firm as newly-qualified (NQ) solicitors.


Ashurst reveals autumn retention figure of 86%

Ashurst has revealed its autumn retention for 2015, with 18 of 21 staying on as newly-qualified (NQ) solicitors.


Fieldfisher boosts NQ salary by £4,000 as it posts autumn retention figures

Fieldfisher has increased its NQ salary and released its retention results for autumn 2015.

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Life in a global law firm video

Many law firms bill themselves as global, but does a firm’s international footprint really make a difference to the lives of its most junior lawyers?

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Training contract application questions: tips from the experts

Some indispensable advice for tackling common questions on training contract application forms.


Stress in the City

Stress may be an inevitable aspect of every career but City lawyers often experience more than their fair share. So what’s the best way of navigating a pressured environment?


Vacation schemes: making a good impression

You’ve bought the best suit money can buy and spent hours perfecting your hair. You may now look the part but, as career coach and business skills trainer Husnara Begum explains, actions are just as important when trying to create a good first impression

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Curious beasts: Lawyer 2B looks at the myths and reality of American firms in London

American firms in London: Lawyer 2B examines the truth behind the myths

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How to 'fit the mould' and be memorable at the same time

Anyone can fit the mould. Anyone can be memorable. But can anyone fit the mould and be memorable at the same time?

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Making applications

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Training contract application forms: what not to write

22-Jul-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Cliches to avoid and common mistakes: what are graduate recruiters’ most regular complaints about training contract applications?

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Should students invest in business cards?


Some students do splash out on business cards - but is it worth it?

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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. 

Sophie Khan

CV-blind policies are just one step in right direction


Lawyers from diverse backgrounds are an untapped resource but more needs to be done to achieve equal footing.

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A trainee's guide to the training contract

What are training contracts like? Meet some trainees!