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‘People are at the core’: ESG-focused Butterworth named TLT senior partner

21 November 2022

TLT has elected a new senior partner, with head of pensions Sasha Butterworth set to assume the role at the beginning of 2023. Taking over from Andrew Glynn, who has vacated …

Partner promotions: Cleary Gottlieb makes up two in London as BCLP unveils 21-strong round

15 November 2022

Cleary Gottlieb has made up nine new partners in its latest round of promotions, two of which are in London, while Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has included five UK lawyers in …

‘It means business in London’: Vinson & Elkins takes Hogan Lovells’ Higson as City corporate head

15 November 2022

Hogan Lovells’ London M&A partner Ben Higson has been appointed as Vinson & Elkins’ London head of corporate.   He takes up the role after 15 years at Hogan Lovells, …

Womble Bond Dickinson and BDB Pitmans table merger

24 October 2022

Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) and BDB Pitmans are continuing to pursue a strategy of development through consolidation, having confirmed they are in talks over a potential merger. After RollOnFriday broke …

Travers Smith Presentations/Open Evenings 2022

10 October 2022

Travers Smith is hosting presentation mornings/evenings over the next couple of months.  The talks will be held at universities and at the firm’s London office. See below for details and …

The Legal 500 Future Lawyers blog

What is an international secondment?

22 November 2022

An international secondment is a period of time spent abroad, usually working in an overseas office of a law firm. International secondments can be undertaken during your training contract or …

What factors should I consider when choosing a law firm?

15 November 2022

Despite having the common goal of qualifying as a solicitor, everyone will have slightly different priorities when choosing where to do their training contract.   Whether your aim is to …

How much does a barrister earn?

02 November 2022

Barristers are self-employed and are paid by their clients (usually law firms) for each case that they work on.   The exception to this is pupils, who are paid a ‘pupillage award’ …

What is a vacation scheme?

26 October 2022

A vacation scheme is a period of one or two weeks spent at a law firm as part of the training contract application process.   A vacation scheme is essentially work …

What is the difference between a solicitor and a barrister?

19 October 2022

If you’ve been researching the legal industry you’ve probably come across the terms barrister and solicitor countless times. You might be wondering what they mean and how they differ from …