NEWS IN BRIEF

North Yorkshire school wins bar competition

Stokesley School in North Yorkshire took the first prize in the Bar National Mock Trial Competition. Welsh school Ysgol Tre-Gib was the runner-up. The competition, organised by the Bar Council and the Citizenship Foundation, provides young people with an insight into the legal system and the opportunity to experience the workings of a courtroom.

Law Society manager joins BPP in Manchester

BPP Law School has appointed Mandy Gill, the Law Societys quality and standards manager in its education and training department, as the managing director of its new Manchester branch.

Hale and Dorr, Wilmer Cutler tie the knot
Bostons Hale and Dorr and Washington DCs Wilmer Cutler & Pickering have merged. In 2002, Hale and Dorr and Wilmer Cutler generated revenues of $306.5m (172m) and $296.5m (166.3m) respectively. The two firms are more or less equal in terms of total lawyer numbers, with Wilmer Cutler housing 560 to Hale and Dorrs 500. However, in Europe the difference is more pronounced: Hale and Dorr has around 40 lawyers, including 17 partners, compared with Wilmer Cutlers 101, which includes 31 partners.

New Zealand becomes counselling champion

New Zealand has won the International Client Counselling Competition for 2004. The team from
the University of Wellington Graduate Law School
won this years competition, which was held in Glasgow. Dan Jones and Craig Ulyatt beat off stiff competition from runner-up Canada. Host Scotland made it to the semi-finals.

SPBG to create pro bono guide for students

The Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG) is surveying law firms in a bid to create a guide for law firm pro bono work. The guide will be aimed at students who want to know the pro bono credentials of firms. The surveys are going out from the SPBG on behalf of a steering committee of law schools, including BPP.

Welsh law societies form recruitment agency

The local law societies of Cardiff and District, Monmouth and Gwent and Swansea and District have joined forces to launch a recruitment agency. Named First Legal Recruitment, the business has been established to help provide a cost-effective and efficient service to firms and job-seeking solicitors in the area.

YSG links up with The Lawyer Group

The Young Solicitors Group (YSG) has entered into a partnership with The Lawyer Group to raise the profile of the YSG and secure benefits for its members. As a result, The Lawyer Group has agreed to sponsor the YSGs Pro Bono Awards, to be held on 7 June. Visit www.ysg.org for details.

Browne Jacobson trainees win Law Soc award

Browne Jacobson trainees Rachel Williams and Richard Hyde have won their local law societys award for excellence. The annual award by the Nottinghamshire Law Society is given to only three first-year trainees a year for achieving the best results in their LPCs. The pair won 75 each.