NEWS IN BRIEF

Victorious Sheffield moot team off to Hague

Sheffield University&#39s moot team are off to the Hague after they romped home as champions in the national rounds of the Telder International Moot Competition, held at Leicester University earlier this month. Teams were grilled by a select panel of judges over a public law problem between two states that highlighted issues of international customary law, such as immunities and international treaties. Host team Leicester came runner-up. The final will be held in Brussels in April. More information is available at www.telders.org.

Camerons partner to chair City training forum

CMS Cameron McKenna&#39s training partner Melissa Hardee has been appointed chair of the City of London Law Society Training Sub-Committee. Hardee, who has just finished a three-year tenure as chair of the Legal Education and Training Group, also sits on the Lord Chancellor&#39s Standing Conference on Legal Education. She said: &#34City firms not only make the largest financial contribution to legal education and training of any section of the profession, but also demonstrate some of the greatest commitment to, and best practice in, education and training. My aim is to make the sub-committee an effective forum for representing the views of City firms.&#34

Trainees to decide how to spend lump sum

Commercial firm Howes Percival is offering future trainees a £12,500 lump sum to spend on either tuition fees or maintenance costs in a bid to attract brighter and better talent. Head of graduate recruitment Katy Pattle said the package had been changed to a lump sum so that trainees could decide what to spend the money on. The firm is also planning to boost the number of training contracts it offers to seven by 2005.

City Uni launches law and property LLB

City University is launching a joint LLB in Law and Property Valuation, which has been developed in
conjunction with the Cass Business School. Aimed at
students who want to be professionally qualified in both areas, the course has been backed by law and property firms in London.

City salaries reach plateau but perks are up

City salaries look set to remain static and there is little hope of a speedy recovery, according to a survey of UK and US law firms and legal departments by recruitment consultant Michael Page Legal. The Salary Survey
2002-3 shows that City lawyers have gained a pay rise only by moving up through the salary bands. About 30 per cent of mid-tier firms, meanwhile, have awarded healthy 10 per cent pay rises. Perks are on the up however, with more than a fifth offering an in-house doctor and one firm treating its employees to a free massage every quarter.

Inns of Court Law School boosts numbers

The Inns of Court School of Law (ICSL) is boosting the number of places on its LPC by almost 50 per cent from September. Subject to final approval from the Law Society&#39s LPC board, there will be 176 LPC places available instead of 120. Professor Martin Dockray, director of the Institute of Law, said the course has been oversubscribed for the past two years. ICSL&#39s LPC course was rated &#39Very Good&#39 by the Law Society 15 months after its launch.