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Winter is coming.

Thankfully not the kind of apocalyptic ice age promised in TV’s intrigue-and-violence fest Game of Thrones, but aspiring lawyers are nonetheless approaching a very important time. Although studying is time consuming enough, it is also crucial to find some time to apply for winter vacation schemes to secure some necessary work experience. This week’s LC.N Says has lots of information to get you started, while our Feature on the last year in commercial law is great preparatory reading for demonstrating your commercial awareness when applying. There is also plenty of News to keep you going, including on the release of this year’s edition of The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook, which you should pick up from your careers service or law department without delay. Happy reading!

PS In case you haven’t already noticed, LC.N has had a mini facelift – check out our refreshed look, which should be particularly pleasing to the eye on your phone or tablet.


Meet the Lawyer

Daniel Hutton - Osborne Clarke

Daniel is clued up about the fact that an on-site gym and restaurant do not a good work/life balance make – rather, he values Osborne Clarke’s true appreciation of its importance, among many other great things.

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Brochure focus

Ashurst LLP

If you’re a natural leader, make your presence felt by learning more about Ashurst – including its practice areas, deals, culture and trainees – in this colourful brochure.

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Burning Question

Controversial tax: base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS)

Why did people get so upset about the levels of UK corporation tax paid by Amazon, Starbucks and others, and what is being done about it?

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Meet the Recruiter

Sophie Tughan-Jones - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields’ trainee recruitment manager Sophie Tughan-Jones got her foot in the legal graduate recruitment door by chatting to people at a party – this, and many other top tips, are contained within.

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The Oracle

Going to the Bar?

I’ve just started the second year of my law degree and want to become a human rights barrister. I keep hearing people say that only Oxbridge students get pupillages. Is this true?

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The commercial year 2013-14

Having an amazing ability to analyse pure theoretical law is all well and good, but you also need to appreciate the commercial context within which your clients are operating. Courtesy of just published Best in Law, this feature looks at some of the key themes in the commercial world in 2013-14 and gives you some pointers on how they are relevant to lawyers.

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LC.N Blogs

The finished piece
The Legal Realist

You’re sat with friends watching a generic daytime TV programme (hopefully Robson Green’s Extreme Fishing), when one of them turns to you, as if you’re some sort of all-knowing legal oracle and asks you, "Is that legal?"

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LC.N Says

Winter vacation schemes: get your skates on to secure some work experience for the festive season
Francesca Clixby

If you’re anything like the student law society representatives we met last week, many of you will have barely touched the ground since term began.

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Take 5

Asset finance

If all other plans fail, one of these five firms may remind you of a precious possession that you can sell off to fund your legal ambition! (We kid, read the rest of the newsletter for more constructive advice):

Anthony Gold Solicitors »
Abode Solicitors »
Memery Crystal LLP »
Silverbeck Rymer »
White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors »



Gardner Leader LLP - Conveyancing paralegal

Gardner Leader LLP is recruiting for a conveyancing paralegal to join its Newbury office. Apply by 3 November.

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Monday 27 October 2014
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