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23 March 2020 marked the first day the UK went into national lockdown #1 for COVID-19. It was also the first proper day of my training contract (“TC“). A lot of folks ask about what I’ve been doing, highlights and challenges so far, adjustment to the world of work, and what I’m most looking forward to next… so, just over a year into my TC, here goes… Overview I started off my TC in a…
Ally, thanks so much for your time to offer an insight into the work you do! The world of barristers so often seems a Hogwartseque world of bundles, silks and oration, fashioned (at least in my mind!) from media, The Secret Barrister and limited work experience in courtrooms. I’m intrigued to find out more about the work you do and what life looks like at the bar. Ally, could you tell us a little about…
September-December is the season of the year when law firms usually descend on campuses around the UK, laden with branded freebies, wielding experience and insight all in the name of networking. We’re now drawing to the close of application windows. Recently I caught up with Sophie, one of the Trainee Recruitment advisors at Linklaters to get her views on how students can best tackle the milkround… Sophie, thanks so much for catching up, I know…
It’s November! We’re knee-deep in pumpkin-spiced lattes, it’s getting dark by about 4pm, we’ve been bombarded by rain and we’ve embraced that pre-Christmas, winter-lockdown workout mentality which says “I’ll put this on at Christmas anyway, so maybe I’ll skip my work out and have another hot chocolate…”. At least, I hope it’s not just me. More importantly, we’re mid-milkround! Applications are still open for most firms and there are lots of virtual events to help…
Netflix recently released the social dilemma – if you haven’t seen it already, change that fact ASAP – a documentary which examines the collection and utilisation of data on social media platforms and the impact this has on users. The documentary highlights the use of algorithms imbedded on these platforms, steering our actions through the use of targeted adds, specific media content and notifications. We could easily extend this to review AI used in ecommerce…
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…