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Desperate marketing of the week
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13 April 2017

Law firm Lester Aldridge has delightfully used a headline grabbing story about former Spice girl Mel B allegedly being subjected to domestic abuse, in order to promote its family law services: 


The firm may have taken a leaf out of the cynical marketing manual of Cook & Co, Irwin Mitchell or Slater & Gordon.

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Allen & Overy retains 82% of its trainees
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07 March 2017

Allen & Overy will keep on 82% of its Spring-qualifying trainees. The Magic Circle firm has made offers to 32 of its 38 trainees, of which 31 have accepted.

Although 82% is a respectable retention rate, it's slightly lower than the firm has achieved over the last couple of years. It kept on 86% last autumn, 91% last spring, 86% in autumn 2015 and 93% in spring 2015. The firm has consciously shrunk its intake over that period, with 38 trainees in the current March cohort compared with its brood of 46 trainees two years ago.

The trainees will qualify on £78,500. Which is decent wedge, though £6.5k less than peers at Freshfields and Clifford Chance, and like the rest of the Magic Circle not in the same ballpark as US firms. 

The firm put in a so-so performance in the RollOnFriday Firm of the Year survey coming 34th out of the 66 firms, with a score of 66%. It has its perks. One respondent from A&O said "it's rare that you come across lawyers on the other side who are better than you and your colleagues".


An A&O lawyer taking your call, yesterday
The retention rate table as it stands:

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Silly things seen on the commute
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20 January 2017
For a break from Trump, Brexit and KWM, here are some silly things that I've spotted in London town:

  Flatulence-inducing Spanish cuisine

  Furniture to make you chunder

  And times are tough for one firm 
To be fair, Dentons isn't the only firm to feel the pinch.
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Marvellous names in law
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22 December 2016

We’ve been sent some names of lawyers that deserve to be celebrated.

First, the delightfully named Cupcake Brown. And much like a vegetable character in a children's book there's Hugh Cumber at Five Stone Buildings

A less fortunate name on the letterhead is Shayne Strukoff at Gowling WLG.

Brookfield has an in-house lawyer called Justin Beber. Whilst at Orrick, there's Lisa Simpson

Who wouldn't want to share their name with the pop pipsqueek


As for law firms, you can follow the adventures of Rupert Bear Murray Davies.

Whilst Wright Hassell is well known, other dodgy firm names include Swindell & Pearson, Shaidy & Co and Tosswill & Co. Although Godloves Solicitors optimistically suggests that there's redemption for all.

Finally, Royds should be pumped to get a mention.

If you know any other excellent names in the legal profession, do add in the comments below, or let us know here.

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Social media spots of the week
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22 December 2016
Important updates on social media this week.

Freshfields gets mistaken for Creamfields
Meanwhile at HogLove Singapore, a firm-branded football simulator. What.

The crowd go mild

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Legal lookalikes. Meet the lawyers who look like slebs.
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15 December 2016
The latest round-up of the best doppelgangers in law are here.  You never see them in the same room together:

 John Papanichola,Slaughter and May
 Dara O'Briain


 Henning Sieber, Greenberg Traurig  
 Jamie Lee Curtis


William Poynter, Kaleo Legal 
 Pee-Wee Herman


Neil Maybury, Setfords Solicitors

  Roy Hodgson


 Anthony Lennox, BLP

 Max Beesley


 Gabriel Moss QC, South Square

 The Count from Sesame Street


 Steve Wiltshire, Shoosmiths

 Alan Shearer


 Christina Spencer, Mayo Wynne Baxter
 The Duchess of Cambridge

 Charles Kellett, Drystone Chambers  
  Anthony Hopkins

  Dr Georg Lohr. Lohr Patent  
  Herr Lipp from League of Gentlemen    

Lord Sumption
  Rowley Birkin from The Fast Show    

 Darryl Warwick, Armstrong Watson
 Squirrel from Ice Age

And there are more here.

Any submissions for next year, email

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DWF's grammar howler
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02 November 2016
DWF gets a D or F for grammar:

The first test on the vacation scheme is to proofread the website


A spokeswoman for the firm said “We’ve told you we’re different, now ‘your’ able to see it for yourself!

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Typo of the week
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26 October 2016

Shocking news! The Solicitors Regulation Authority is unable to spell "solicitors".

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Bizarre London property for sale
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19 October 2016

Tip of the hat to LadyPenelope613 on the discussion board for spotting this apartment for sale in London:

Modern kitchen units:


Discreet lighting and sanded wooden floorboards:


Bright, airy W.C. in a glass case in the bedroom:

Some people have a display unit to show-off their books, others use it for trophies. However, this lucky homeowner can gather the family around the glass cabinet at Christmas whilst Uncle Barry squats on the porcelain throne with his face contorted belting out a one-man symphony. Yours for under £335k.

If you've stumbled across other gems on the property market, let us know.
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Tweet of the week - barrister in distress
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18 October 2016
Well played @QuebecTango on Twitter for this spot:


If you have any information on the whereabouts of the wig, contact our dedicated 24 hour emergency helpdesk.
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