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30/05/2017

Paralegal work: a no-guarantee stepping stone to a career in law

Paralegal work is increasingly becoming the norm for many graduates as the step before securing a training contract. It is even possible to qualify as a solicitor while working as a paralegal instead of completing a formal training contract. However, this stepping stone also has its downsides…

23/05/2017

Why client secondments are valuable opportunities for trainee solicitors

Client secondments provide trainee solicitors with a valuable opportunity to spend time working closely with a client in its in-house legal team; taking on greater responsibility, developing an understanding of the client’s business and building strong client relationships that will have long-term benefits well after the trainee has qualified.

16/05/2017

Law firm mergers; why they occur and how they affect the lawyers at the heart of them

The specific reasons that firms decide to merge are as varied as the firms themselves, but there are usually some key drivers – namely, the desire to expand, geographically or in terms of expertise, or to stay afloat. For the lawyers who find that the firm they joined is no longer the firm at which they work, there are normally a raft of opportunities that await – and maybe especially so for trainees.

09/05/2017

Getting the most out of a vacation scheme

Here are LCN’s top 10 tips for making a great impression when on a vacation scheme and getting the most out of the experience.

25/04/2017

How to demonstrate the key skills every recruiter wants to see in training contract applications

There are a handful of core competencies that the majority of firms/chambers want to see in their recruits. Here we explain how to identify if you've got them and, if so, how to provide evidence of their existence. Read on for a review of the attributes you'll need to succeed.

18/04/2017

Law firm presentations and open days: network and prepare for applications

Presenting… law firm presentations. They're beneficial for all concerned, as they give firms a chance to showcase their offices, people and knowledge, and you the chance to show that you're super keen and eager to learn. Read on to find out more about how to prepare and how to impress.

11/04/2017

Inside the world of the in-house lawyer

Does the idea of interesting and varied work, an excellent salary and a pleasing work/life balance appeal? Well, becoming an in-house lawyer could be your perfect vocation. We talk here to those in the know, including a trainee, several qualified lawyers and the head of an in-house legal department about what it means to work at the very heart of your client.

04/04/2017

Fintech: all the way to the bank

Like the Internet of Things and autonomous cars, fintech — which stands for financial technology — has emerged in recent years as one of the hottest, technology-related areas. Essentially it is about the convergence of new technology on the financial sector, so that the upstarts of Silicon Valley are now rubbing shoulders with the denizens of Wall Street and the Square Mile. In this binary image it does the high-tech sector the world of good to be depicted as the brash hipsters tearing down some of the financial world’s biggest players. The reality is a lot more nuanced.

28/03/2017

How to choose a practice area: a prospective solicitor’s guide to qualifying

There are many different kinds of career in the solicitors’ profession. Upon qualifying, solicitors tend to specialise in one area of law or ‘practice area’, which could be anything from intellectual property, to Islamic finance to family law. This article explores the process of choosing a practice area to specialise in and offers some advice on the various criteria to consider.