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Never-ending Tories.

Overwhelming evidence that the government’s legal aid cuts are depriving vulnerable children of access to justice and the recent news that the United Kingdom will repeal the Human Rights Act if the Conservative Party wins a majority at the next general election are two of the more important – if depressing – legal stories that you should come across in your current wider reading. There is no time like the present to build up the knowledge you will need to hold a conversation at an open day or interview, and this week’s Feature provides a breakdown of the best online legal resources to help. Elsewhere, the Burning Question explores the wider effects of the economic sanctions placed on Russia, while this week’s News includes our ever-essential commercial roundup. Happy reading!


Meet the Lawyer

Giovanni Castronovo - Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Originally from Hertfordshire, Giovanni Castronovo has long harboured an ambition to practise law in the City. Now a solicitor at corporate firm Trowers & Hamlins, Giovanni specialises in the highly varied field of commercial property. Read on for a glimpse inside his career.

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Brochure focus

Linklaters LLP

Live the dream - or rather, live your ambition, as you absorb all that this infographic and information packed brochure from Linklaters has to offer.

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Burning Question

Russian economic sanctions: the implications for businesses

What is the impact of economic sanctions being placed on Russia on clients in the United States, European Union and Japan?

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Sponsored by Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP


Meet the Recruiter

Puneet Tahim - DLA Piper UK LLP

DLA Piper’s Puneet Tahim has plenty of excellent advice to offer on navigating the choppy waters of graduate recruitment, from the vantage point of six years at the firm and many more in recruitment. SeaWorld’s loss was law’s gain…

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The Oracle

The advantages of taking a gap year

I really want to spend some time travelling before I commit to a training contract. Is it a good idea or will the delay harm my chances? 

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Best of the legal web – general resources

Everyone has their favourite, go-to legal website for information or research, but this compilation cuts across personal preference. Amanda Millmore, non-practising barrister and founder of CPD provider Legal Training, offers a broad selection of some of the best legal resources for lawyers (and would-be lawyers) of all persuasions.

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LC.N Blogs

Week two in the office: busy, busy, busy!
Sarah Louise

If I had to choose three words which accurately describe my first week in the office as a trainee, I must confess that those which immediately spring to mind are “busy”, “long” and “exhausting”.

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LC.N Says

Student law societies: don’t just stand by the sidelines
Francesca Clixby

The next two weeks sees thousands of freshers gathering at their new universities, met with a flurry of new faces, suitcases full of text books and a students’ union overflowing with societies to join.

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Take 5

Branching out

They don't share a family tree, but the roots of these five firms run deep (sent in by a LC.N reader):

Bircham Dyson Bell LLP »
Ashurst LLP »
Edwards Wildman Palmer UK LLP »
Speechly Bircham LLP »
Beecham Peacock »



Hine Solicitors - Paralegal (criminal) and paralegal (family, property and wills and probate)

Hine solicitors is seeking to fill four paralegal vacancies. Three of the vacancies are in the criminal departments at the firm’s Cheltenham, Swindon and Oxford offices respectively, while the fourth vacancy is at the Oxford office to support the firm’s family, property and wills and probate departments. Apply by Tuesday 14 October.

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