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National firms – the best of both worlds?

High-powered deals and complex transactions are not exclusive to the City. National firms – large organisations with multiple UK offices – also boast top-quality commercial work, but in a wider range of locations and with other key differences which make them distinct. If you find the prospect of more variety or a better work/life balance appealing, the NationalLawLIVE careers conference in Manchester on 2 December could be for you. Full details of this event, including which firms are attending and how to apply, can be found in the rest of this newsletter, while there is also all the usual news, commercial analysis and careers advice to take in.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Meet the Lawyer

Charlie Clendon - Mayer Brown International LLP

Charlie Clendon is a real fan of the working culture at Mayer Brown International, enjoying the fast-paced life of a corporate lawyer.

Brochure Focus

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters offers to help you “live your ambition”, with details of what that might look like at this world-renowned super firm.

Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP

Meet the Recruiter

Katie Makey - Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP

Katie Makey has a wealth of experience in the grad rec world; ignore her wisdom and advice at your peril! Learn more about her role within international firm Shearman & Sterling.

LCN Awards Winner 2016

Best in Law

Forsters LLP

The quality of work is excellent and I have the opportunity to work for a mix of clients and alongside highly talented lawyers in a supportive environment.

Aspiring Solicitors: explore the sea of opportunities!

LCN Blogs

Aspiring Solicitors: explore the sea of opportunities!

Wioleta Dworak

The legal profession is challenging and competitive enough without diversity bars - luckily there are organisations in the United Kingdom that aim to improve diversity and help students overcome any issues involved. Aspiring Solicitors is such an organisation in the legal field.

Victoria Harkness - How attending NationalLawLIVE equipped me for application success

LCN Says

How attending NationalLawLIVE equipped me for application success

Victoria Harkness

I was beginning to plan the first of my vacation scheme applications when I saw NationalLawLIVE advertised online.

Autonomous cars: driving into the future

Burning Question

Autonomous cars: driving into the future

What are the legal issues related to autonomous transportation?



Regional law firms v City firms

Many trainee lawyers and solicitors looking to join their first law firm may face the difficult question of whether to start their careers at a regional firm or at one of the more prominent City firms. Sara Duxbury, head of people at Fletchers Solicitors, explains why some regional law firms may actually have more to offer new recruits than the larger firms.

The Oracle

The Oracle

Regional offer, but dreaming of the City

I've been lucky enough to secure a training contract with a regional firm, but I really want to be working in the City as a corporate lawyer.

Take 5

National law five

These five prestigious firms (among others!) will be attending the NationalLawLIVE careers conference in Manchester on Friday 2 December. If any of these sounds like the kind of firm for you, apply for a place at the conference.


Hine Solicitors - Immediate trainee and paralegal vacancies

Hine Solicitors is recruiting to fill a number of immediate-start trainee solicitor and paralegal vacancies throughout its offices and departments across the South and West of England, and the Midlands.

If this vacancy no longer appears on LawCareers.Net then it has been filled, but keep checking the Jobs section for all the latest vacancies.

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Upcoming events

Liverpool / Tuesday 25 October 2016

DWF presentation

Guildford / Tuesday 25 October 2016

Bristows LLP presentation

Durham / Thursday 27 October 2016

Shearman & Sterling LLP presentation

More events »