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Women in the legal profession: has there been a better time to go into law?

Many law firms have taken important steps to make their recruitment practices, workplaces and career progression opportunities fairer and more equal for women, but are they working? This week’s Feature explores the issue of gender equality in the legal profession, combining some handy statistical analysis with views and advice from senior women on the front line. Meanwhile, last week’s LC.N Awards honoured a host of firms – plus individual training principals and law lecturers – for their best-in-class approaches to legal recruitment, training and education over the last year. Read on to find out all the winners and nominees. Happy reading!


Meet the Lawyer

Alex Gest - Bird & Bird

Alex Gest was attracted to Bird & Bird by the collaborative atmosphere, small trainee intake and great clients. Now an associate, he describes his fulfilling career at this renowned international firm.

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Brochure focus

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

In their own words: lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis share why they think the firm is a great place to work - "quality", “major deals” and "high-quality work", to name but a few.

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Burning Question

B the change: B-corps driving socially responsible business

What is the B-corp movement and how do the social and environmental considerations of companies influence the work of lawyers?

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Meet the Recruiter

Kat Elam - Addleshaw Goddard

Kat Elam is not simply a graduate recruiting veteran, with useful advice aplenty: she is also a onesie-wearing, pizza-making Man City supporter, who makes a great brownie. Learn more about AG’s multi-talented woman here.

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The Oracle

A practice area poser

I am a trainee due to qualify this summer, but haven’t been told whether I will be kept on. I have enjoyed seats in employment, personal injury (PI) and private client, but which of these areas has the best long-term prospects if I need to apply for NQ positions at other firms?

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Gender diversity in law: dawn of a new era or a case of the old guard?

Affinity groups, targets, mentors; there are many ways that firms are trying to address the disparity between the number of male and female partners. But is it working? We speak to senior women from a variety of firms to find out their views on the road to equality, the initiatives their firms are employing and how the female partners of the future can help themselves.

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LC.N Blogs

Don't be a slave to the legacies
The Legal Realist

have just received my results for all the core practice modules of the Legal Practice Course and I am pleased to announce I passed them with flying colours.

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LC.N Says

The comma, the full stop and the exclamation mark: a short guide to identifying your supervisor's style
City trainee

As you embark on your journey as a trainee solicitor, it will not take you very long to learn that lawyers are not clones and that individuality shapes how they each deliver their own tailor-made legal services.

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Take 5


These five national firms (among others) will all be at the NationalLawLIVE careers conference in December. Applications open in June – stay tuned!

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Shoosmiths »
Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP »
Irwin Mitchell »
Eversheds LLP »



Mills & Reeve LLP - Paralegal (central inception team)

Mills & Reeve is seeking a paralegal to work from its Norwich office. Apply by 31 May.

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