Leader: Step into the limelight

Christian Metcalfe

For all aspiring lawyers, securing a sought-after place on the career ladder after such time and effort studying can seem like stepping on tothe red carpet at the Oscars – hence this issue’s cover.

But for many career-changers those dreams of success can seem far off, so in the spirit of Hollywood’s love of second chances, in Access we profile Linklaters partner and former nurse Jennifer Bethlehem, while in Careers we report on our latest Not Too Late for Law event, held in association with the College of Law.

If a bit of glitz and glamour is what you are after, Business then takes you behind the scenes at Mayer Brown to meet the team that led on the corporate acquisition work that created the largest independent film distributor in the UK and Canada, Entertainment One – a distributor

of such films as The Hunger Games and the Twilight series and co-owner of children’s TV series Peppa Pig.

Courtroom drama may be the mainstay of many an award winner, but if you prefer fact over fiction then be sure to take a look at Lawyer 2B’s top 10 cases to watch in 2013.

Remember, however, that while a trip to court may be rewarding, crunching popcorn is certainly frowned upon.

Also in Careers, if you don’t fancy the bright lights of London, we look at opportunities in the creative hub of Bristol.

Mapping trends at the bar is the job of our Data page this issue, while the movie paradigm of the little guy taking on the big guy is the theme of our Education feature on the public law pro bono scheme, which helps litigants-in-person in Manchester.

While it may be love rather than money that makes the world go round, if you haven’t yet hit the big time, our Funding feature for those setting their sights on a career as a solicitor is a must-read.

And don’t forget to take a look at the newly made-over Lawyer2B.com.