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In the news...

Globe-trotting Dentons primed to secure Norton Rose’s Venezuela business

Expansive global giant Dentons is positioned for another regional merger, with Norton Rose Fulbright’s (NRF) 26-lawyer strong Venezuelan practice the new addition, as Dentons moves to bolster its offering in the Caribbean and Latin America. The Caracas-based practice is spearheaded by labour partner Juan Carlos Pró-Rísquez, who became managing partner for NRF in Venezuela in …

CMS adds to Northern line up with Liverpool launch

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang has extended its chain of northern offices with a Liverpool office opening following a hire from DWF, its first launch since its tripartite merger with Nabarro and Olswang in 2017. The new office – located in Exchange Flags amidst Liverpool’s commercial district – will complement legacy Nabarro’s Manchester and Sheffield …

Fieldfisher swims against the current with launch of stand-alone alternative investments law firm

Never a firm to rest on its laurels, fast-paced Fieldfisher has taken the unusual step of launching a separate law firm focused on hedge funds, derivatives and alternative investments. The new entity – called Cummings Fisher – sees Fieldfisher hire three partners from other law firms to run it. Financial services partner Claire Cummings, who …

HFW continues Middle East growth drive with Saudi Arabia association

HFW has continued its Middle East expansion after striking an alliance with Saudi Arabian firm Mohammed Al Khiliwi. Named partner and leader of the Riyadh outfit, Al Khiliwi, will join HFW’s partnership as part of the agreement, subject to authorisation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. HFW insurance partner John Barlow, who splits his time between …

ICSA Graduate Open Evening – Wednesday 30 January

Your law degree can get you into the boardroom, influencing and guiding the board of an organisation to be both effective and risk averse. There is no necessity for a training contract or the need to specialise. Join the ICSA on Wednesday 30 January to find out more about roles in governance and company secretarial. …

Win a Week’s Work Experience at Norton Rose Fulbright and a Trip to the Home of the Harlequins

Harlequins rugby club and Norton Rose Fulbright have been partners for over ten years. The partnership is built around the pillars of quality, unity and integrity, values which unite both organisations. But what is it that makes us a truly great pairing?  To be in with a chance to win a week of work experience at …

Travers Smith LGBT+ Inclusion in Law Event – 17 January

Travers Smith is delighted to be hosting an event in partnership with myGwork to discuss LGBT+ inclusion in law. This evening session, to be held on 17 January, is an opportunity for aspiring solicitors to listen to LGBT+ leaders and role models, and explore what more can be done to create fully inclusive workplaces where …

A&O opening Fuse tech lab for third round as it partners on £1.2m AI legal services project

Allen & Overy (A&O) will open its technology incubator space Fuse to a third group of companies from early next year, as it partners with a University of Oxford AI project. The firm announced on December 13 that applications to enter Fuse will be welcomed from companies until 25 January. A selection pitch to the …

Norton Rose Fulbright launches business and legal operations graduate scheme

A new scheme focusing on business and legal operations is the latest graduate offering from international firm Norton Rose Fulbright. In keeping with the firm’s pledge to provide more complex and sophisticated client solutions, the scheme encompasses developments in legal technology and new business approaches. Graduates will undertake four six-month rotations in the following departments: …

ICSA Essay Writing Competition – Win £1000!

Are you a student, recent graduate or governance professional at the start of your career? Fancy a chance of winning £1000 (or £500 as a runner-up)? If so, make sure you enter ICSA’s essay-writing competition which will run from 7 January 2019 until 18 March 2019. The essay question will be made available when the …

The Lex 100 Features

Law Fair FAQs: All Your Training Contract Queries Answered

Whilst travelling the length and breadth of the country attending law fairs, we noticed that students kept asking us the same few questions. Below, we attempt to address the most common queries. I’m a non-law student. Can I become a solicitor? There is still much confusion among non-law students as to how (and even if!) …

70 Years of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of US behemoth Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. The Lex 100 looks back over the firm’s colourful biography and its extraordinary evolution into one of the most recognised names in the legal industry. Picture this: it’s 1948, New York City, springtime. On April Fools’ Day, Skadden is formed; but …

The Dechert Vacation Scheme

Vacation schemes have fast become a vital part of the trainee recruitment process for most law firms, and Dechert is no exception. For two years now the US firm has been recruiting its trainees exclusively through its vacation scheme, meaning that for those who have their hearts set on training at the firm, the best way …

Taylor Wessing Vacation Scheme Insider

Future Taylor Wessing trainee Simone Thomas extols the virtues of the international firm’s Lex 100 award-winning vacation scheme Simone Thomas University: University of Birmingham Degree: LLB for Graduates________________________________________ About me Prior to completing my law degree in the UK, I lived in New York and attended Binghamton University. There I played NCAA college basketball and …

Clifford Chance IGNITE: a law tech training contract

First came a Tech Academy, an online portal through which employees can access support, guidance and development tools that focus on technology. Then a partnership with Lexoo, a law tech company, was launched for future trainees with an interest in, and aptitude for, technology. Now, those with a dual interest in law and technology have …

How the legal industry is tackling its diversity issue head-on

Once upon a time, the majority of people you’d find working in legal practice would be upper/middle-class, Oxbridge-educated white males. Women: hardly seen. Working-class individuals: forget it. Ethnic minorities: a scarce group. But things have been changing for the better, and in 2018 the legal industry is thankfully at its most diverse. Many law firms …

Making a Difference: The Irwin Mitchell PLS Training Contract

Ask a group of law students what kind of lawyer they want to become and the chances are most will say something along the lines of corporate. But in doing so, they are ignoring a plethora of people-focused practice areas offering an equally enriching career path. Enter the Irwin Mitchell personal legal services training contract. …

Why Law Firms are on the Hunt for STEM Graduates

The Lex 100’s Halima Dikko explores why STEM graduates are so sought after in an industry which has traditionally been dominated by arts and humanities. These days it’s far from unusual to meet a lawyer who studied a non-law undergraduate degree. Common subject choices for aspiring lawyers include English Literature, History, Politics and Modern Languages. …

7 things to bear in mind when preparing for your video interview

Video interviews are becoming commonplace in various industries as technology continues to infiltrate many aspects of modern day life. Recruiters in the legal industry were early adopters of the practice, and at present a significant number of law firms have a digital aspect to their vacation scheme/training contract application process.  For many job applicants the …

The Different Types of Law Firms

You want to fight for truth and justice… you want to help neglected children… or you want to wield power in corporate boardrooms… for whatever reason, you think you want to be a lawyer. But pursuing a legal career can take you down many different paths. The life of a corporate lawyer at Slaughter and …