NEWS IN BRIEF

International experience is ‘essential’

Leaving the country can do your career the world of good, according to a new survey of 6,000 people by global recruitment consultants Robert Walters. Around 75 per cent of respondents said that a stint of international work experience was “essential” to career development.

Keoghs scholarship supports local talent

Bolton-based Keoghs Solicitors has launched a University Scholarship Scheme with a local school in a bid to attract new talent to the legal profession. Senior pupils at Bolton School who want to be solicitors or have offers to read law at university have been offered work experience placements at the firm. Keoghs will reserve one training contract place per year for a pupil on the scholarship scheme who obtains a 2:1 and passes the Legal Practice Course.

Bank faces action from swindled law firm

Chicago law firm Olsman Mueller & James is considering legal action against its bank after it was fiddled out of $2.1m (1.3m) by South African ‘scam letter’ fraudsters. Ann Marie Poet, a book-keeper for the firm, was promised a $4.5m (2.85m) fee if she helped a so-called official from the Ministry of Mining in Pretoria to transfer $18m (11.4m) to a US bank account. Poet, who has been indicted on 13 counts of wire fraud, is thought to have embezzled the sum over an eight-month period this year.

Bar Council aims to attract more barristers

The Bar Council has launched a series of online case studies about life as a barrister in a bid to boost student awareness. The profiles, which can be found at www.barcouncil.org.uk, are intended to illustrate what attracts people to the Bar and the kind of work that keeps them there. The Bar Council’s head of education and training Nigel Bastin said the profession can only survive if it reaches out to attract candidates from diverse social and educational backgrounds.

King’s College teams up with Singapore Uni

King’s College London is teaming up with the National University of Singapore to offer the first joint international MSc in construction law and arbitration. Aimed at professionals linked with construction in Singapore, the two-year, part-time course will focus on the role law plays in the process of infrastructure development. The bulk of the teaching will be done in Singapore, with King’s academics travelling to teach in the region.

Ashursts and Fried Frank talk remuneration

Ashurst Morris Crisp and US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson are nearing a conclusion to their merger talks, with only one hurdle left to overcome – remuneration. It is understood that the two firms are in the throes of agreeing on a scheme that could see Ashursts give up its pure lockstep system in favour of a merit-based scale similar to that of Fried Frank.

Brobeck and Morgan Lewis set for marriage

Brobeck Phleger & Harrison is in advanced merger talks with fellow US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Brobeck is believed to have entered talks with Morgan Lewis in earnest after merger negotiations with Washington DC’s Hogan & Hartson collapsed due to client conflicts. A tie-up between Brobeck and Morgan Lewis would create a US giant with more than 1,400 lawyers.