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  • Diversity articles and careers information on The Lawyer Jobs
    head to promote gender balance Osborne Clarke has updated its firmwide strategy putting the focus on sectors client relationships and diversity in the next four years Time for an ugly truth in some firms disclosing disability isn t a good idea At the end of last year The Lawyer published research findings on disability According to their figures 1 per cent Women in law The critical career factors to focus

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  • News articles and careers information on The Lawyer Jobs
    Norton Rose Fulbright retains 96 of spring qualifiers Norton Rose Fulbright has kept on 96 per cent of its final seat trainees in newly qualified NQ positions this sprin Trainee left unsupervised has training contract declared void A trainee who was left to her own devices after her supervisor went on maternity leave has had her training contract Freshfields retains 82 per cent of smallest intake in years Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has become the final magic circle firm to reveal its retention figures for spring 2016 Eversheds launches apprenticeship route to solicitor status Eversheds has become the first firm to offer a six year paid apprenticeship as a route into becoming a qualified soli Lawyers have worst mental health of all professionals Lawyers suffer from significantly lower levels of psychological and psychosomatic health wellbeing than other profes Minimum pay for Scottish trainees goes up The Law Society of Scotland has agreed an increase to both its recommended and mandatory minimum pay rates for traine Allen Overy keeps 91 of spring 2016 qualifiers Allen Overy has kept on 91 per cent of its spring 2016 newly qualified solicitors BLP records 70 per cent retention for spring 2016 Berwin Leighton Paisner has kept on 14 of 20 qualifying trainees this spring giving it a retention rate of 70 per cent Partnership prospects at Quinn Emanuel A much higher percentage of our associates actually make partner than at our competitors So goes the boast on Quinn Housing crisis law firms lag accountants in graduate support Linklaters is lagging behind accountancy firm Deloitte in its attempt to attract talent to London by offering prefere Exclusive Hertfordshire suspends LPC We can t charge for course that might not be valid in 2018 The University of Hertfordshire has suspended its Legal Practice Course for the 2016

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  • Salary Calculator | The Lawyer Jobs
    My Career Story 29 The Big Interview 6 Apps Interviews 9 Soft Skills 11 Business Development 5 Work life balance 2 Wellbeing 11 NQs 9 Junior lawyers 3 Mid level lawyers 5 Trainees 11 Women in Law 14 Paralegals 1 Careers Hub 6 Courses 1 Pupillages 5 Diversity 5 News 18 Salary Calculator In partnership with Kinsella Legal Supported by GMK Legal and QC Legal By The Lawyer Published 07

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  • Stress in Law: Part 1 – Understanding your relationship with stress | The Lawyer Jobs
    leaves you in danger of experiencing a more hazardous effect something therapists call trauma Many people in demanding jobs are exposing themselves more consistently to this damaging affect of stress Stress related trauma leads to a wide array of mental and physical ailments such as impaired judgment pain digestive problems skin conditions irritability anger depression poor relationships accelerated aging chronic illness and disease Stress and mental health The ability to positively and proactively manage your stress levels rather than merely cope with and react to them is an indication of the state of your mental health You can determine the state of your mental health by a few simple parameters Most notable is the ability to value and accept yourself as you are As a quick check ask yourself Do you feel that your value as an individual is not dependent on your accomplishments or status or do you feel that you have to justify your presence Are you able to look after your physical health eat well sleep well exercise enjoy and maintain a balanced harmonious equilibrium between your work and personal life Do you judge yourself by a reasonable standard or do you often set yourself very demanding goals or expect a standard of perfection in your work Does your sense of self worth diminish when you do not reach your goals Do you truly care about yourself and care for yourself Do you love and accept yourself unconditionally just the way you are Understanding your relationship with stress Many readers may be thinking That s all very well but I don t have much choice in this There are certain things that are expected of me as a lawyer Believe it or not you do in fact have a choice But in order to make that choice you must first understand where your relationship with stress comes from Now here s the thing Stress can also be generated by many factors which may be unknown to you or may sit just within the blind spot of your self awareness Early trauma such as bullying or severe forms of discipline at school can leave their residual imprint on the way you are conditioned to manage stress without consciously being aware of what pattern of behaviour you are running How you learnt to handle stress from your parents is often a major influence on your own behaviour These factors tend to go unnoticed unless you take the time to uncover them usually through effective therapy or systemic coaching But just as your relationship with stress is influenced by early life experiences it is also influenced by what you learn from your professional education and training The legal system itself from training to qualifying and then meeting the demands of work engenders stress as being part of the job Long stressful hours are a tradition of work in the legal profession You excuse it by referring to it as life in a City firm or life at the Bar Since

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  • Freshfields mulls Manchester training contracts as it launches legal apprenticeships | The Lawyer Jobs
    Deringer could become the first magic circle firm to embrace apprenticeships after management revealed plans to bring legal apprentices in to its Manchester office The firm is also looking into offering training contracts in Manchester though said this is unlikely to happen in the short term Manchester head Gareth Stephenson said Freshfields hoped to open up apprenticeships as a route to both paralegal work and full qualification in the next 12 months I wouldn t rule anything out at this stage Stephenson told Lawyer 2B I want to get apprentices in in the short term and progress them up the ladder He added apprentices were more likely to stay with the firm for a longer period Anything we can do to retain people for longer is very beneficial for the firm he said Final details have yet to be ironed out with Stephenson unable to comment on final numbers of apprenticeships start dates or pay or confirm the level of qualification that will be offered Freshfields apprenticeships in Manchester would mark a significant development in the legal market and provide a career route for juniors at Freshfields in Manchester for the first time The magic circle firm opened in Manchester last year relocating around 300 paralegal and business services roles to the new hub Currently based at Arndale House the team will move to One New Bailey in Salford later this year The Manchester base is also set for rapid expansion with management understood to have set their sights on a final 650 person headcount at the office over the next few years So far just one firm Eversheds has launched the Government s Trailblazer level seven apprenticeship which leads to qualification as a solicitors after six years of paid training and an assessment by the Solicitors Regulation Authority SRA

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  • My career story: “I’ve got two jobs – law firm partner and pharmacist” | The Lawyer Jobs
    is my business plan but equally I know it s unusual and you may not have an interest in investing in it To be fair it was generally well received but firms and lawyers are by nature risk averse A lot said We like you but we don t understand what you re talking about I went back to being a locum for a year and then joined Brabners in 2008 They said We can take you on as a commercial and intellectual property NQ but we see what you are trying to do we are interested and we ll back you and give you the resources you need in order to grow your practice area I haven t looked back since I ve been given the backing and the resources but it s been my drive and my plan What was quite a niche service has now grown into a much larger healthcare offering And you still work as a pharmacist Yes at the weekend It s partly for my own benefit because I do have a genuine interest in it But my legal clients find it really useful and interesting that if they are working in the sector I can break down the barrier between the white coated healthcare professional and the sharp suited business adviser There is often mistrust or ignorance between the two camps Why is that If you re dealing with pharmacy businesses they will generally be owner managed and the attitude of the owner will be a siege mentality Lawyers are unwelcome distractions to their main businesses Margins are becoming increasingly squeezed there are long hours as well when you first start up you take on a large bank loan You don t particularly want to employ locums while you engage with the professional services community I find my job a bit easier because I can say The problems affecting primary health affect me too Is it a challenge keeping both jobs going It is hard work I m used to that I have had significant periods of my life where I was working seven day weeks so to me it s progress that I have a Sunday off It does put pressure on being a partner in a goodish sized practice The expectation as a partner naturally is that you have to work some weekends and sometimes I do but generally I tend to do a lot of hours during the week so on Friday evening I m on top of my work Then I put my pharmacist s head on and I m not thinking about legal issues I m the type of person who can compartmentalise things A change is as good as a rest is as good a way of summing it up as anything I do the pharmacy work because I enjoy it I get a different level of satisfaction in assisting people in that way In a law firm you ve got the clock on and are charging

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  • Baker & McKenzie keeps bulk of spring qualifiers | The Lawyer Jobs
    Baker McKenzie has kept on 15 out of its 16 trainee qualifiers this spring a retention rate of 94 per cent The trainee who left has returned to practice law in her home country Meanwhile one of the 15 who have stayed on in newly qualified NQ positions is on a fixed term contract as no job was available in his preferred area of practice The 15 NQs have joined

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  • Associate conundrums: Developing business relationships | The Lawyer Jobs
    of keeping these relationships alive The most important aspect of any relationship to remember is that it is for the long term There is no point in investing time energy and effort into something that is only for a quick short term gain It takes care thought and attention but the end result is worth the effort in that ultimately we can reach the heightened status of being a trusted adviser to a client At the start of our careers our main offering to a client is technical expertise and as long as we continue to perform at a high level we will be relied upon to deliver So when it comes to the development of a relationship at this level all that is required is that technical delivery and a cooperative and willing attitude Moving on in the relationship and this can happen quite quickly once we have achieved the credibility of being technically adept we will begin to get noticed for being able to provide associated expertise alongside our technical brilliance and this is where we can really start to develop the relationship most effectively by thinking about our clients and their businesses and demonstrating interest This is extremely effective and hardly takes any time at all It is about being aware of opportunities and not being afraid to them One of the most effective ways of demonstrating interest is the saw this thought of you approach There are endless opportunities here and it doesn t matter whether the client has seen what we are sending or not because either way what they will remember is the fact that we have thought of them in the first place After a while of being associated with expertise other than our technical skills we become a valued resource to the

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