Editor’s Weekly: London – where the streets aren’t paved with gold

It may well have been an April fool but be honest did our story about fictional US firm Keaton Kint Kujan McManus Hockney Fenster & Kobayashi offering a £165,000 NQ salary tempt you to get on the next flight to Aberdeen (read article)?

Seriously though why do so many students think that carving out a legal career in the City is the be all and end all? With some careful research you’ll soon discover that there are plenty of reputable commercial law firms handing top quality legal work outside the Square Mile and indeed beyond London. For instance, if you want to find out more about training in Bristol then check out the Spring 2010 issue of Lawyer 2B magazine (assuming you haven’t done so already).

The London firms may pay the best salaries but don’t forget that the UK’s beloved capital is also one of the most expensive cities in the world meaning that you’ll have to fork out a sizeable sum each month for your rent and Oyster Card. Talking of which the commute isn’t much fun either with some people spending at least an hour on the tube each morning. In stark contrast should you decide to train in Bristol chances are that you’ll be able to walk to work.

Anyway, I’m going to sign off now because you’ve guessed it – I’ve got my 90 minute commute home. But before I go just a couple of things – first of all I’d like to congratulate all the winners of the Attorney General’s Student Pro Bono Awards (read more). As my second year on the judging panel I was once again really impressed with the quality of entries. Second, if you haven’t already done so please send your law ball pics to my colleague Corinne (corinne.mcpartland@centaur.co.uk).

Happy Easter.


PS – we’re having a short break over Easter so my next Editor’s Weekly will hit your inbox on Thursday 15 April.