Best legal blogs for application advice, commercial awareness and insight into life as a lawyer
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The thriving legal blogosphere offers a range of uncensored personal views on the profession, as well as useful tips knowledge on every facet of law. LawCareers.Net's own dedicated blog page has contributors at different stages of the career paths to both becoming a solicitor and a barrister, which can give you some insight and foreknowledge into what awaits you. The blogs below specialise in everything from pupillage and life at the Bar, to commercial law, to human rights, to crime, to intellectual property, to analysing Brexit from a legal perspective. Brexit in particular is likely to come up in interviews at commercial firms for the foreseeable future, so head to the bottom of this list for the dedicated Brexit blogs. And whether you want to be a commercial solicitor or a family law barrister, regularly reading the work of leading practitioners and experts in your chosen field(s) is an excellent way to develop the knowledge and understanding you will need when making applications, attending interviews and throughout the junior stages of your career.
Read on for a list of some of our favourite blawggers in the legal blogosphere. This is by no means definitive - if you have others that you think we should include, or you write one yourself, contact us on email@example.com.
Pupillage and How to Get It
pupillageandhowtogetit.wordpress.com (Simon Myerson)
This blog is one of the best places for candid, practical advice on applying for pupillage from a practising barrister. Simon Myerson is a barrister living in Leeds and practising on the northeast circuit, which he regards as the best in the country. As well as offering excellent advice on how to maximise your chances of securing pupillage, Myerson also comments on pupillage and Bar-related issues. Do look at the ‘top posts’ in the sidebar.
www.babybarista.com (Tim Kevan)
BabyBarista's connections and witty satires of life at the Bar managed to bag him a regular spot on the Times's and Guardian's website. He is, in fact, Tim Kevan, a barrister in a mixed common and commercial law set; BabyBarista is entirely fictitious. But the blog is hilarious and features some finely crafted comedy set pieces and expertly drawn characters, such as OldSmoothie and TheCreep. He has also published two well-received books - Law and Disorder in 2009 and Law and Peace in 2011.
This celebrated blog is run by a barrister working in London, covering crime and the courts.
Garden Court Chambers barrister Colin Yeo posts updates and analysis on immigration issues.
lawyerwatch.wordpress.com (Richard Moorhead)
Richard Moorhead is Professor of Law, and chair in law and professional ethics, at University College London. Moorhead's main research interests are legal ethics and regulation, access to justice, legal services and legal aid.
It seems Charon QC likes nothing more than wielding a Silk Cut cigarette, swilling a glass of Rioja and supplementing his blawg. Although he made himself a silk, he is a real lawyer and also a journalist and academic. After reading four tabloids and three broadsheets each day (along with the usual legal news sources), Charon covers many topics and spreads his wit across them all - including in relation to the imagined - but dangerously realistic - firm, Muttley Dastardly LLP.
www.legalfutures.co.uk/blog (Neil Rose)
Legal Futures is a website dedicated to "[equipping] those in the legal services market with the knowledge and know-how they need to thrive in the post-Legal Services Act world". Legal Futures is the brainchild of Neil Rose - an experienced legal journalist (he spent 12 years at the Law Gazette) and qualified solicitor - who has been writing about the Legal Services Act since its genesis in the 2001 OFT report. Rose and his website continue to provide insightful analysis and detailed news on various aspects of the profession, from ABS, to regulation, to the legal aid cuts.
Now working freelance, Joshua Rozenberg trained as a lawyer before becoming a legal journalist and was the BBC's legal correspondent for 15 years. He is now a freelance writer, commentator and broadcaster and has presented the BBC Radio 4 series 'Law in Action' (which is well worth listening to) from June 2010.
UK Human Rights Blog
Written by barristers from 1 Crown Office Row, this is a serious blog which offers a balanced analysis of human rights legal issues. It is part of the Guardian Legal Network, and is updated daily. If human rights are your thing, this is essential reading.
Global business and human rights blog (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer)
Business and human rights might seem to be quite disparate topics, but they are closely interlinked – how businesses conduct their activities can have a profound impact on individuals’ and communities’ access to human rights. This blog, run by lawyers at Freshfields, looks at the human rights risks associated with business activities, and what lawyers, politicians and businesses do to safeguard human rights in the constant drive for profit.
The blog of an anonymous magistrate, who provides insightful opinions and analysis on the latest legal news. This is one of the best legal blogs out there, despite the fact that judges were warned in 2012 that they face disciplinary action if they take part in blogging.
Barrister Lucy Reed blogs on family law and the wider Bar.
Head of Legal
www.headoflegal.com (Carl Gardner)
Carl is a barrister who worked as a government lawyer for 12 years, but who is now a fulltime writer and lecturer. He writes on legal developments and the law behind the news.
UK Supreme Court
Dedicated to the judgments from the UK Supreme Court, contributing editors include solicitors from Olswang and barristers from Matrix Chambers. A great place to get a sense of what's happening at the highest court in the land.
Current awareness (Inner Temple)
This blog by the people running the Inner Temple Library provides regular updates on case law.
Subtitled "Law and Lawyers", there is no background at all about who might be writing the blogs, but Obiter J aims to offer "interesting, responsible and sometimes critical comment on legal matters of general interest".
ipkitten.blogspot.com (Jeremy Philipps)
Launched in 2003 by one of the profession's most well-practised bloggers, Jeremy Philipps, there is now a team of contributors to this IP-centric blog. If you’re interested in IP law, this is a great place to start learning about the big cases, players and issues.
Lawfully chic (Mishcon de Reya)
This specialist fashion law blog by lawyers at Mischon de Reya promotes fair trade and ethical practices in the world of fashion, but also talks about art and beautiful continental cities – what’s life without beauty and substance?
Art law and more
Niche firm Boodle Hatfield runs this great blog exploring the world of art law, with a side-line in recommending hot exhibitions to check out.
The cookie jar (Bristows)
The latest developments and issues in the tech sphere, explained and explored by experts at Bristows.
A good source of information and insight about the automation of legal services, and how AI is going to make everyone’s lives easier before one day crossing the self-awareness threshold and killing us all.
Talking business (Gately)
Regular posts on commercial law from the solicitors at Gately.
Practical completion (Mills & Reeve)
Solicitors at Mills & Reeve blog about the construction and engineering sector.
Global energy blog (Dentons)
Experts at Dentons cover the latest developments in global energy law and policy.
Simon Jack (BBC)
The BBC’s business editor, Simon Jack, posts updates on the national and global economy, public finances, jobs and more.
Another version of the "I'm looking for pupillage" style blog, written by Justin Time. Although there haven’t been any new posts for a while, there is still a wealth of useful stuff on the site - with the most helpful pages flagged up on the left-hand side of the homepage, including information on the BSB Handbook 2014, the various Bar associations and the most widely-used legal databases.
Nearly Legal is written by a team of contributors, who are barristers and solicitors practising in the field of welfare, housing, landlord and tenant and public law. The contributing editor, the original Nearly Legal, is a solicitor at a legal aid firm. The blog provides invaluable insight into recent cases.
Corporate Law and Governance
Robert Goddard, a senior lecturer in law at Aston Business School in Birmingham, writes on important legal developments and news in the corporate/governance field. Primarily UK focused, it also includes interesting items from around the world.
The Justice Gap
Led by freelance journalist Jon Robins, this blog emphatically separates itself from the world of legal blogs written by lawyers for lawyers. Its articles seek to shed light on legal developments in the world of human rights, the criminal justice system and public law, and make readers aware of their rights in the face of the widespread underhandedness and corruption that have been endemic among politicians, police forces and prosecutors in this country since time immemorial.
Edited by freelance legal journalist and occasional Guardian contributor Alex Aldridge, Legal Cheek is known for its irreverent coverage of the legal profession. Posters include practising lawyers and aspiring trainees, and the site's 'cheekiness' (it’s so appropriate, it should be in the name… oh) often creates debate among the profession’s keyboard warriors.
Brexit: navigating the unknown (Clyde & Co)
This wide-ranging blog run by lawyers at Clyde & Co examines the consequences of Brexit on employment rights, tax, competition, insurance, the energy sector and more.
Brexit blog (Kingsley Napley)
The lawyers at Kingsley Napley run a fascinating, regularly updated blog on all aspects of Brexit, from the implications for workers’ rights, to the potential effects on the health professions and the construction industry. Full of nuance and detail, this is essential reading for any aspiring practitioner and a source for developing commercial awareness.
Inside Brexit (Norton Rose Fulbright)
Norton Rose Fulbright’s Brexit blog is a great source of information on the wide-ranging implications of the Brexit process, from financial services to devolution and England’s relationships with Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Brexit hub (Ashurst)
Ashurst lawyers look at what Brexit means for key areas in which the firm’s clients operate, such as tax and intellectual property.
Matrix Brexit hub (Matrix Chambers)
This blog combines weekly news round-ups with commentary on Brexit from leading EU and competition law barrister, Rhodri Thompson QC. One such post is entitled “Ending British influence and destroying British rights”, which should give you an idea of the blog’s stance on Brexit.
Brexit blog (Monckton Chambers)
Monckton barristers provide expert legal analysis on all things Brexit, as well as information about how lawyers are responding in the United Kingdom and across the European Union.
Waiting for Godot
Barrister and campaigner Jolyon Maugham writes about tax, politics and Brexit.