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End of the road for Womble Bond Dickinson merger talks with BDB Pitmans

02 February 2023

Merger talks between Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) and BDB Pitmans have been called off, the firms announced on Wednesday (1 February) in a joint statement. Talks of a combination first …

‘With economic downturn, the need to pull the trigger on claims intensifies’ – leading City litigators look at the key disputes trends for 2023

25 January 2023

‘Disputes arise when there is disruption, and it seems to me there’s just about every type of disruption at the moment.’ With this, Julian Copeman, a disputes partner at Herbert …

‘A super guy’: Cleary hires Travers Private Equity head Shawyer as City hiring spree continues

12 January 2023

Cleary Gottlieb has brought in Travers Smith’s respected head of private equity Ian Shawyer (pictured) well to strengthen its City practice, as the firm continues its recently redoubled strategy of …

Taylor Vinters Virtual Pop-Up Sessions

10 January 2023

Thinking about applying for a training contract at Taylor Vinters? Now you can book a 15-minute online session with a current trainee working at the firm to ask those all-important …

‘A close-knit group’: Milbank acquires Dickson Minto’s seven-partner London office

19 December 2022

One of 2022’s hottest merger rumours came to fruition on 13 December, as Milbank confirmed it was acquiring the London office of Anglo-Scottish firm Dickson Minto. Legal Business first reported murmurings of a …

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What is the SQE and what does it entail?

31 January 2023

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) was introduced in September 2021 to replace the old legal education system of undertaking the GDL and LPC. The SQE is split into two parts: …

How to research barristers’ chambers

14 December 2022

The Pupillage Gateway is already open for browsing, and from 5 January, prospective barristers will be able to start submitting applications for pupillage. Competition for pupillage is fierce, so it’s …

What makes a good vacation scheme application?

08 December 2022

Vacation schemes are a great way to get first-hand experience of working in a law firm. Even better, if you perform well and impress your colleagues, you’ve got a very good …

How much do NQ solicitors earn?

29 November 2022

The salary for newly-qualified (NQ) solicitors can vary significantly, but the two main things which will affect the amount you get paid are:  The size and type of firm; and  …

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 …