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Let’s talk about the code of good recruitment practice.

A famous band once sang that when you’re on the road, you must have a code that you can live by. Sadly the Solicitors Regulation Authority may not have heard this song, as it has withdrawn from the voluntary code governing good practice in firms’ recruitment of trainees, but thankfully others watching the road into the legal profession – including graduate recruiters and careers advisers – have promised to continue upholding this important code of conduct. Find out more about it directly from a recruiter in this week’s LC.N Says. Elsewhere, there is lots of News to catch up on, while the Oracle and Kaplan Law School have some valuable application advice to share. Happy reading!

PS The deadline to apply to join LC.N’s thriving blogging community has been extended to 29 May – add another string to your bow and get writing!


Meet the Lawyer

Sion Davies - Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown is active in all of the world's major markets, meaning that we can help our clients all across the world. Read on for more insight into life at international firm Mayer Brown.

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Brochure focus


Big-name clients and landmark, multijurisdictional deals are what CMS UK is all about. Read on to find out about its geographically, intellectually and professionally expansive recruitment scheme.

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Burning Question

Heading for the ‘Brexit’?

What would be the impact for the City if Britain were to leave the European Union?

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Meet the Recruiter

Cheryl Evans - Ashurst LLP

Hailing from the land Down Under, Cheryl Evans joined Ashurst when the firm merged with Blake Dawson in 2012. Read on for her recruitment wisdom and wide insight into the firm.

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The Oracle

How many training contract applications should I make?

Last year I sent off over 50 training contract applications, but wasn't invited for a single interview. What am I doing wrong? How can I improve things this year?

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Do you have the key skills every recruiter wants?

There are a handful of core competencies that the majority of firms/chambers want to see in their recruits. Here we detail (in a light-hearted way) 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.

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LC.N Blogs

Training contract applications: where do I start?
The Legal Learner

With the 31 July deadline looming ever closer, there's a good chance that some of you are writing, or at least starting, training contract applications.

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LC.N Says

The Code of Good Recruitment Practice: what you need to know
Jessica Booker

On 1 April 2015 the SRA confirmed its withdrawal from the Code of Good Recruitment Practice.

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Take 5

Pipe down

Grouped together, these five tenuously evoke two folk stories – Dick Whittington, and that quaint old tale about kidnapping children, The Pied Piper of Hamelin:

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Trowers & Hamlins LLP »
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DWF LLP - Training contracts (Dublin)

Commercial firm DWF is accepting applications for training contracts commencing at its Dublin office in September 2015. Apply by 31 July.

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News: We provide an ongoing news service for you, highlighting key stories from the legal press and elsewhere. The emphasis is, of course, on training and recruitment issues, but we cover all the big law stories too.

Meet the Recruiter: Every fortnight we delve into the mind of a recruiter to find out what they do, what makes them tick and what they are looking for in a candidate. And of course we get them to answer the all-important favourite biscuit question!

Burning Question: All law firms want their lawyers and their trainees to have commercial awareness. This means that you need to know what's going on in the business world. Each week we pose a burning question and ask a real lawyer or trainee to write a short answer.

The Oracle: We often receive requests for help and advice from future trainees and pupils. We've now formalised this process in a 'problem page' format. The Oracle will help you solve all those tricky problems relating to the recruitment process. Letters of particular interest, or letters that serve to illustrate common issues, are published in the newsletters and on the site. Whether published or not, every letter that we receive gets an answer.

Features: Every fortnight we publish a new feature article designed to increase your knowledge of the recruitment process or the legal profession as a whole. Some are produced in-house, others by experts from firms, chambers, universities and bodies within the legal community.

LC.N Diary: Many firms are travelling the country to meet candidates and raise their own profiles. By consulting our diary you'll know what events are happening near you (ie, who will be there, and when and where the events take place).

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