News in brief

James Chapman & Co hires athlete

Sports specialist James Chapman & Co has hired a world champion swimmer to help it make a splash in the athletics world. James Hickman, 27, who scooped a gold medal in the world championship 200m butterfly finals in Moscow last April, will join as a part-time consultant and aims to boost the number of Olympic athletes on the firm&#39s books. Partner Jason Smith said: &#34As one of the country&#39s top swimmers, James understands the needs of professional athletes when it comes to combining sponsorship agreements with the demands of training and competing at the very highest level.&#34

DLA treks from John o&#39Groats to Land&#39s End

Lawyers from UK firm DLA are trading in their loafers for a stout pair of walking shoes on 21 June, when 75 teams will take part in a day-long hike from John o&#39Groats to Land&#39s End. The walk has been split into 15-mile segments for each team, who hope to raise £500,000 for children&#39s charity the Wellchild Trust. DLA managing partner Nigel Knowles dreamed up the challenge after he and a property partner completed a 44-mile charity walk last year.

Inner Temple students win moot competition

Inner Temple&#39s student team romped home as champions in the European Law Moot Court Competition, held at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. The team of three BVC students beat 84 other university teams to the title. It is the first time that Inner Temple has won in five years of entering the competition. This year&#39s moot was on the legal issues surrounding compulsory licensing of drug addiction treatment methods. As well as a trophy, the Inner Temple students won a handful of internships at a variety of European Community institutions and European law firms.

£1,500 offered for contribution to community

Manchester Law Society is offering a £1,500 prize to a trainee solicitor who has made an outstanding contribution to the community in the past year. Trainees who have taken part in a pro bono project or voluntary work of a legal nature, or who have helped to &#34increase the standing of the solicitors&#39 profession within the community&#34, are eligible to enter. The closing date for nominations is 30 May. More details are available from the Manchester Law Society.

Klett Rooney hikes first-year pay to $110K

US firm Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling has boosted its first-year associate salaries from $105,000 (£66,700) to $110,000 (£69,900) in its Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Newark and New Jersey offices. The pay rise mimics hikes made by other firms in the region. Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Dechert are the only firms to pay their first-years more &#45 earlier this year both raised salaries from £105,000 to $125,000 (£79,380) in their Philadelphia offices.

Southampton scoops UK negotiation prize

Student lawyers from Southampton University are jetting off to Calgary, Canada after winning the national finals of the Negotiation Competition. A dozen UK student teams gathered at Lincoln University at the end of March to argue over the fictitious case of a model who was injured during a trip to a hair salon, as well as the problems encountered by a government scheme to promote geology in schools. Southampton students Katherine Sutton and Tim Williamson also won £250 each, while the runners-up, from Kingston and Staffordshire Universities, scooped £75 apiece.