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You’ve decided to apply to corporate law firms this year, whether for first-, penultimate- or other- year programmes. You’ll attend the virtual networking, make a conscious effort to read the Financial Times and research firms. But if you’re honest, you have very little idea what corporate firms actually do. You don’t really know what “acquisition” means in any detail or what the process of making one happen involves enough to discuss the process. You don’t…
Before starting work in a law firm, I’d never heard of professional support lawyers (PSLs). From day 1 of my training contract, it was clear that these founts of knowledge were interesting, interested, incredibly helpful and all-round golden individuals. PSLs generally won’t appear at your networking events or perhaps even feature heavily on vacation schemes or work experience, but they play an important role in legal practice, so let me introduce you to the role…
We’re generally slow to talk about setbacks. When we do, so often they’re framed in inspirational setback-to-success tales which, whilst admirable, can be hard to relate to and glean any tangible application or advice from. It’s now July – vacation schemes and work experience may be virtual but are now in full swing and Linkedin status updates will undoubtedly populate the next few months. If you’re on one of these schemes, congratulations and good luck;…
Clad in jeans, a jumper, and slippers I made the 15 second commute to my dining room table, my new office for the foreseeable future. Working from home (wfh) was not the introduction to working life I’d expected but day one of my training contract happened to be the day the UK went into lockdown and the past few months have marked a novel start for me! Three months down and I’m settling into a…
Probably the juiciest piece of commercial awareness to get to grips with in a long time is the German Federal Constitutional Court’s (FCC) judgment that Weiss, a CJEU case, is ultra vires. Now I realise this doesn’t sound like a Tiger-King-level lockdown thrill, but bear with me, because whether public or private law is your tipple of choice, whether your penchant constitutional competence or international economics, this one’s got it all! This is definitely one…
How should you start a blog about mental health? A statistic seems a cold, detached opening for such a deeply personally and emotive subject, yet an anecdote fails to convey the weight, scope and depth of the issue. Forget writing a blog on mental health, how do we deal with it in our everyday lives? How can we go on when we feel like we’re sinking? How can we support colleagues who are struggling? How…
How should you start a blog about mental health? A statistic seems a cold, detached opening for such a deeply personally and emotive subject, yet an anecdote fails to convey the weight, scope and depth of the issue. Forget writing a blog on mental health, how do we deal with it in our everyday lives? How can we go on when we feel like we’re sinking? How can we support colleagues who are struggling? How…
As we (hopefully) begin the thaw out of lockdown, one thing is increasingly prevalent, whether we recognise it or not – data. As governments begin to allow citizens to circulate, tracking their movements is at the forefront of many policymakers’ minds. Location-tracking data is being implemented and discussed across many States as a mechanism by which to regulate the spread of the coronavirus. The debate on data-driven policy is not new but has typically been…
 As we (hopefully) begin the thaw out of lockdown, one thing is increasingly prevalent, whether we recognise it or not – data. As governments begin to allow citizens to circulate, tracking their movements is at the forefront of many policymakers’ minds. Location-tracking data is being implemented and discussed across many States as a mechanism by which to regulate the spread of the coronavirus. The debate on data-driven policy is not new but has typically been…
“What do you do?” – this question has been subtly and not-so-subtly posed several times since I started my job as a trainee solicitor last month. I remember awkwardly trying to rephrase it at networking events, having no meaningful idea what the person in front of me did at work. Having started my job in March ,(if I could insert a party popper emoji, trust me, I’d go wild!), here’s my take on answering the question.…