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  • My career story: “I went from high-school dropout to head of legal” | The Lawyer Jobs
    get to deal with a lot of people that are from different walks of life What is the best piece of advice anyone has given you in your career When I went back to studying I bumped into a careers teacher who told me Don t bother trying you won t get on the law course I wanted to prove him wrong Why did you decide to work in house and why did you decide to work for Sage When I was at Ward Hadaway I was seconded into Sage I used to do a lot of work for the company It was a small legal team and culturally working within Sage was very interesting There were 1 200 employees in Newcastle and at the time it gave me a good personable feeling that was a very comfortable and nice environment The team worked very hard and you got caught up in the business I really enjoyed my time on secondment and that actually whet my appetite to think about in house Until that point I saw my legal career as growing to partner and staying in private practice I loved the business aspect I really love being in a business and supporting huge ambition and seeing the fruits of your labour in that context I then got headhunted for Serco I got asked to talk to them At the time when I spoke to them I didn t have a lot of ambition to go to Serco but their FD sold the business to me There is real energy in the development teams and are delivering solutions to businesses Then my predecessor asked me if I was interested in coming in and supporting her in a right hand man capacity I moved over to the payments business and looked after legal and compliance Then my predecessor left to move the payments business back into the fold and I moved into the European role How do you think you ve grown as a lawyer since you started your career That it s important to be yourself In my early days at Sage I tried to be a good corporate lawyer that was personable I don t know why I thought they wanted to see formal lawyers I like to think that I m me most of the time now or in fact all of the time and that they the team see me as being authentic and that has allowed me to build really good relationships within the leadership team I think invariably you learn along the way I had leadership experience but it was very different I have grown as a leader and an individual I think my team has seen that growth and seen me as a good leader How did you make your mark on Sage s in house capabilities It was interesting to grow a team because the potential was there The team had already embedded itself within the business Our colleagues already looked at our

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  • Life as a high street legal aid trainee | The Lawyer Jobs
    will instead need to conduct in depth research on illicit drugs during office hours to gain a full understanding of your client s case and be able to take their instructions correctly and advise them You want to be prepared when your client challenges the police s street valuation of the drugs or the prosecution alleges that your client s texts messages are proof of the use of drug dealing lingo The work can be an emotional rollercoaster to say the least On one occasion a client was shouting at me during a prison visit I received surprisingly warm solidarity from fellow prison inmates who loudly voiced their support for me and told him to shut up and leave the lady alone This made me smile I can also distinctly remember struggling to hold back tears when all charges again a vulnerable 14 year old client were dropped and he hugged me at Court One of the most interesting types of work in the criminal department has been the drafting of letters to the Crown Prosecution Service applying for discontinuance of a case against my client This involves identifying and fleshing out factors that provide strong evidence that prosecuting is not in the interest of justice for example serious mental health issues or vulnerability due to age or personal circumstances Even when the day is not as adventurous the work is definitely mentally stimulating and very varied A key skill is being able to juggle a range of incredibly different tasks at the same time and prioritise the most urgent in time constrained conditions which can prove to be difficult when a client has just been arrested on a warrant and another is due to stand trial the next day Other days in the criminal department involved for example reviewing papers from the Crown Prosecution Service preparing summaries and attending clients to take their instructions and advise them on their chances at trial and likely sentence if convicted My experience in crime has definitely been useful in the department I m in now family You see child care cases from a different perspective for one thing In both departments the drafting of client letters and billing administrative work constitutes an integral part of the day to day work and case management and can often be hard to fit in with all the other pressing and urgent tasks Within the family department I deal with specifically with child care law I have been lucky enough to clerk at the Supreme Court In the Matter of N on 17 March 2016 dealing with the issue of how and whether child care proceedings can and should be transferred to another jurisdiction I was positively surprised by how relatively informal the Justices were and by how clearly they rephrased counsels submissions I will not hide that it felt quite special to have been seen by my friends and family on the live Supreme Court web feed In family law my work includes preparing briefs

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  • Ashurst retains 79 per cent of smallest intake in years | The Lawyer Jobs
    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 Ashurst retains 79 per cent of smallest intake in years Ashurst has kept on 79 per cent of its spring qualifying trainees The firm had 19 trainees in its intake the lowest number in several years see graph It offered positions to 17 and a total of 15 decided to stay on in permanent newly qualified NQ positions The retention rates are Ashurst s lowest since January 2013 in which the firm kept 70 per cent of its 27 March qualifying trainees Since then the firm s results have risen to a high of 96 per cent with Ashurst keeping 23 of the 24 qualifying in January 2014 Last autumn Ashurst retained 86 per cent of its qualifiers with the firm announcing a 3 per cent boost in NQ salaries from 63 000 to 65 000 Eleven of the qualifiers will go into the corporate group encompassing corporate projects tax real estate and competition with four joining litigation comprising disputes and employment Unusually the finance group banking regulatory securities

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  • Norton Rose Fulbright retains 96% of spring qualifiers | The Lawyer Jobs
    qualifiers Norton Rose Fulbright has kept on 96 per cent of its final seat trainees in newly qualified NQ positions this spring its best result in several years The firm had 23 qualifiers and offered positions to 22 with all accepting Some 21 firms have now announced their spring retention figures Of those firms with more than 10 qualifiers Norton Rose Fulbright s 96 per cent is currently the best

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  • Balancing work with parenthood | The Lawyer Jobs
    or flexible working The bottom line is until you are a mother it s hard to make this decision By working or not working what message are you passing to your children Often parents have no idea why their children start acting in a certain way Parents break ups and the impact on children are well documented but equally parents working or not working affects children on some level Ruth FentonChildren will model parents behaviour For example if you are miserable stressed and depressed about work or staying at home your children will pick up on this They may feel their parent s state of mind is caused by something they are doing wrong They may become withdrawn or clingier and not want the parent to go to work because they are trying to protect the parent from being upset or stressed All humans need love and attention If children don t get it from their parents they will seek it through other forms This may be another family member pet friends or imaginary friend Reduce the guilt factor Some people have no choice but to return to work This can cause considerable feelings of guilt Be kind to yourself and think about what you are able to provide your children above their basic needs by bringing in an extra income or new skills and experience you can share with them If you were at home would you feel frustrated trapped or like you are not growing as a person Whether you work or not the most important thing is to spend quality time with your children and partner The connection will always be there and can be nurtured no matter what you choose What about dads In the early stages the father might feel a little shut out as

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  • Practical advice for completing pupillage application forms | The Lawyer Jobs
    the gateway search engine but other sources such as Chambers and Partners the Legal 500 attending the Pupillage Fair and what you ve learnt on mini pupillages Keep this list as broad as possible Do chambers do the work that I want to do Look at the websites of the chambers that you are interested in and look carefully at the work that they do Then look at the five to ten most recent tenants and their work profiles Chambers might specialise in two areas but the split might be that junior tenants are heavily involved in one area rather than another If you obtain pupillage and tenancy there is that what you want to do Are you willing to spend five years building up a profile in one area to get to another Do chambers take on people who fit my profile I m not talking about or suggesting a bias here but an honest appraisal of your chances of getting pupillage All chambers are looking for intelligent able affable and hard working pupils The exact blend however depends from set to set Again take a look at the last five tenants Do they all have a Masters degree Have they all got prior experience at an NGO or charity If so then do you have what they are looking for If not your chance of obtaining pupillage at that set is probably quite poor With the applicant to pupillage ratio as it is chambers can afford to be picky Don t waste an application at a set that is highly unlikely to take you Do chambers publish their selection criteria Many chambers publish their selection criteria on their website Read it carefully It will give you an insight into what they look for in a pupil and can help craft your application form to highlight those matters that they give greater weight to Make chambers want to meet you in person Reading pupillage application forms is a long thankless and arduous process Chambers will likely be able to skim off those who fall far short of their criteria and those who far exceed what they are looking for rejecting and inviting to interview respectively What about the large pile in the middle How do they differentiate between lots of good students with the requisite experience academic credentials and interests Make your form interesting to read Make chambers want to meet you and find out more about your voluntary work or dissertation It must be a piece of persuasive advocacy with evidence to support what you say Bald statements of fact are unlikely to persuade If you are an accomplished public speaker then show chambers the evidence to support your proposition If you have an interest in planning law each to their own then is it just you telling chambers that or can you point to work experience a Masters or both to demonstrate that interest Don t hog the middle lane Your application needs to be crafted towards

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  • My career story: “I went from corporate at Clifford Chance to a niche car collector practice” | The Lawyer Jobs
    understood within a business learning that you don t just move on to the next deal but once a transaction is done you need to own it and manage it I look back now as Excel being my in house apprenticeship where I learnt my trade But I was one of a team and I ve always been ambitious and I was keen to run and manage a team I looked around and the role of head of commercial law came up at Sainsbury s It was an exciting time for them Making Sainsbury s great again was out there as a slogan and after some tough times Sainsbury s was turning a corner I jumped at the chance to head up and also to build a team What was Sainsbury s like I hadn t done retail before and I hadn t thought of retail as a sector that excited me but when I got there I discovered it really is exciting because shops and grocery touches everyone s lives Sainsbury s had outsourced all of their IT to Accenture but the relationship had soured so I was involved in bringing a lot of it back in house I did a whole bunch of sponsorship deals all of the Jamie Oliver transactions I rejigged all of their supply chain and then I went and did some work helping re jig the Sainsbury s Bank JV At the time it was a 55 45 JV with HBOS in Sainsbury s favour and there was a challenge to make it a true JV That gave me an exposure to Sainsbury s Bank and getting to know how it worked I d never done banking before That s the beauty of in house People think of Sainsbury s as a supermarket but of course it s got its finger in all sorts of pies Then all of a sudden Sainsbury s was the subject of a couple of ultimately failed takeover bids That was very exciting The share price went through the roof Then Sainsubry s was approached by Lloyds which has acquired HBOS through the banking crisis The JV was no longer core to what they were doing They wanted out so I was asked if I d like to head up the transaction to acquire the bank so I took on a new role as head of projects I never guessed that what I d do when I moved in house but I then spent the best part of two years acquiring a bank It was fascinating I was a corporate finance lawyer who d become an all rounder who d ended up buying a bank I think that gives a flavour of what can happen when you go in house Then I got a call completely out of the blue from John Lewis They probably just caught me on the right day and I went and spent three years as their principal lawyer looking after John Lewis and Waitrose

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  • Trainee left unsupervised has training contract declared void | The Lawyer Jobs
    Careers Hub 6 Courses 1 Pupillages 5 Diversity 5 News 18 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 ruled invalid According to the Solicitors Regulation Authority between October 2011 and February 2013 the trainee referred to as Ms R undertook legal work and held herself out as a trainee solicitor while her supervisor at the in house legal team where she was employed was away The supervisor Louise Thomson did not supervise Ms R s day to day work following her departure nor did she renew her practising certificate meaning that her eligibility to supervise lapsed after the SRA revoked her certificate in August 2012 Meanwhile no other solicitor was appointed to be Ms R s training supervisor with no other qualified solicitor at the company After Thomson apologised to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal it was acknowledged that her actions were not intentional or wilful and the SRA accepts that she did not act dishonestly or without integrity She was rebuked and ordered to pay a fine of 2 000 plus costs of 7 685 70 However the

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