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The Woolf of Walbrook: Fiona Woolf's rise from McKenna's first female partner to Lord Mayor of London

City lawyer and Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf, tells Pui-Guan Man she didn’t get where she is today by being afraid to ask

03 Apr 2014 | 00:09 | secure


inner image The art of the matter – law firm art is more important than just decorating the walls

To hear David Stone describe the London office of Simmons & Simmons, he could easily be talking about the nearby Whitechapel Gallery or the Tate Modern across the Thames. "Clients arriving in the building are immediately confronted with the collect...

15 Nov 2013 | 00:00 | secure

inner image Making the cut – one new associate offers tips to the uninitiated

Starting a training contract can be a daunting experience, especially for those for whom it is a first job. My recent experience as a trainee may offer some useful pointers for those in the process of becoming a trainee or looking to put themselves in...

01 Nov 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Stepping out – the City's gay lawyers on their experiences of coming out

"I came out as a trainee in a tough environment – in the 1980s during the AIDS and HIV crises," reflects Field Fisher Waterhouse managing partner Michael Chissick. "It was a challenge when it came to telling clients as I was concerned some clients a...

18 Oct 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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The first step on the ladder – what this summer's batch of vacation scheme interns have learnt

For aspiring lawyers, vacation schemes are an essential path to career progression. Grant Murgatroyd speaks to this summer's batch of interns and finds out that the chance to network and socialise with employers can be as vital as the actual work O...

04 Oct 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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A longer road? New partners offer career advice to frustrated associates

This year's partnership promotion figures at the UK's top 30 law firms threw up several striking trends, most of them not particularly cheerful. As expected, the overall number of people joining the gilded ranks fell by 9% to 377 as global economic...

02 Aug 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Food for thought – one lawyer's charitable initiative to put food waste to good use

Every week thousands of tonnes of food are thrown away by retailers in the UK. At the same time, many thousands of people cannot afford even basic groceries. I became aware of the scale of the problem in late 2012, partly through a great documentar...

26 Jul 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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City limits – are law firms are doing enough to combat work-based stress?

As new research reveals lawyers are finding their jobs more stressful than ever, Georgina Stanley asks whether law firms are doing enough to combat work-based anxiety and other mental health issues Statistics on mental illness speak for themselves....

28 Jun 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Daring to be different – Travers' Chris Carroll on preserving the boutique model

A lot has changed in the world in the 35 years since Travers Smith's outgoing senior partner Chris Carroll joined the firm in 1978. But as globalisation has driven many of the firm's most comparable City rivals through a series of international office...

21 Jun 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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The fight for fairness – what are law firms doing to tackle the gender pay gap?

Lawyers have a problem with equal pay – and it's a big one. More than 40 years on from the Equal Pay Act, women in private practice are paid a startling 26.7% less than their male counterparts. The finding, from a new Law Society study of solicit...

31 May 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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In the cold light of day - Latham & Watkins partner runs the Antarctic marathon

It's one way to make the gruelling schedule of trying to close a high-profile deal seem like much less of a challenge. But by the same token, most partners at international law firms would probably just as happily pull a 24-hour grind at their desk...

10 May 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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A push in the right direction - encouraging firms to plan for partners' retirement

The major asset for most law firms is the partners working in the business. It is therefore surprising that, when it comes to providing retirement income, most firms take the view that it is the individual partner's responsibility to organise this and...

03 May 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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The way to Westminster – making the transition from law to politics

Law and politics may be a potent mix, but it is surprising just how many lawyers have successfully made the transition to elected representative. According to research by strategic communications consultancy the Madano Partnership, 12% of the elected ...

19 Apr 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Magnificent sevens - balancing law and captaining the HK rugby sevens team

Trainee lawyer Rowan Varty had a starring role at last month's Hong Kong Sevens tournament. But as the captain of the Hong Kong team and a player for the region's national squad, it was his rugby skills rather than his legal ability that had fans chee...

19 Apr 2013 | 00:00 | secure

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Sexism and the City - why female lawyers are afraid to speak out against discrimination

In her new book of feminist advice for women in the workplace, Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook and the first woman on the social networking giant’s board, acknowledges what many are afraid to admit publicly: “Women face re...

12 Apr 2013 | 00:00 | secure




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