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Exclusive: BLP retains just 55% of trainees
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20 February 2017
Berwin Leighton Paisner is retaining just 11 out of 20 trainees this March.

Only 55% of the trainees in its spring 2015 cohort are joining the firm as newly-qualified solicitors. One left midway through the training contract to become a teacher. The disappointing score places the firm at the bottom of the table so far. 



While it's surprising that a firm of BLP's considerable stature should perform poorly, it has form. In fact, it has not posted a decent retention rate since 2014, when both its spring and autumn intake sizes were smaller than usual - 18 rather than 20+.



In the last five intakes BLP has failed to retain more than 71% of trainees, and the rate has now fallen over three consecutive intakes, from 70% to 65% to 55%. The stats suggest that it has not been adequately forecasting what its NQ requirements will be two years down the pipe. Whatever the cause, it's unfortunate that the firm is still struggling to get it right. 

Anthony Lennox, BLP partner and Training Principal, told RollOnFriday, “We’d like to have been announcing a higher proportion of qualifiers. However, our NQs will continue to be a huge asset to our Firm, across the teams that they will shortly qualifying into. Our qualifiers have shown an exemplary ability and attitude during their training contract, embodying BLP’s culture of personal client service. We look forward to helping them develop their careers at our Firm in the coming years”. .... read more >
Exclusive: Slaughter and May appoints first ever lateral partner in London
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17 February 2017

Slaughter and May has appointed its first ever lateral partner in London

An email has gone round the firm this morning informing staff that the Magic Circle firm has appointed Daniel Shaffer to its Pension & Employment Group. Shaffer leaves his role as Head of Pensions at Herbert Smith Freehills.


 Pioneer

It marks a huge departure from Slaughters' standard operating procedure. It only made its first ever lateral partner hire three years ago, in Hong Kong. .... read more >
Exclusive: Celebrity law student's sex tape leaks
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17 February 2017
A sex tape featuring a celebrity law student has leaked online.

RollOnFriday is not identifying the wannabe lawyer, because it would be cruel to hobble his legal career before it has even started, particularly with footage of the young man tugging away for Britain. 

In the Skype call video, Mr X can be seen collapsing onto his pleather couch and pulling off his top to reveal a sculpted body 100% more pleasant than fellow celebrity onanist Leslie Grantham's. And then off come the trousers. 12 minutes later, he's ready for his seminar on torts.

    The next Supreme Court Justice

Meanwhile, in Jerry Springer news, an inside source has revealed the results of a paternity test which became necessary when two lawyers married to other people conducted a year-long affair and then discovered she was pregnant. Who was the dad, husband or boss? An insider said, "if your piece on 'badsexy/paternity' testy behaviour refers to [name of partner redacted], and his associate, [name redacted], then the paternity test proved that the child was [the partner]'s".

Staff in the department "all had a very uncomfortable time" while "they were sneaking in and out at lunch times for a quick shag and we weren't supposed to notice". Now that the less-than-happy news is out, "we are all supposed to think it is all OK but it really isn't".

Hooray for the febrile office atmosphere of your average law firm. Winky Wankerson will fit right in. .... read more >
The Not 100 2017: Revealed
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15 February 2017

Welcome to the Not 100, the definitive list of the UK's topish lawyers.

In-house, in private practice and in the Bar, these men and women have made a huge impression on the legal profession, or sponsored these awards. From Managing Partners who have grown their firm to the outer limits whilst pushing huge risks five years down the line, to wildly self-promoting associates who will never be heard from again, if they're Not - they're in the 100. And if they're not Not they're not. In it.





























Thanks to posters from  the Board including Shami's Chakra botti, Hey there! I am using WhatsCYP, in the ningwangnong, TDB, Heffalump, Trigger Warning, daddycam, Daydort, Mr Nonsekwita, Yes! we have no bananas, Buzz, The Real Anna, Malonie, Nexis, Lears Fool, rural_lawyer and Handle for compiling the profiles of these illustrious figures. 

Part two of two next week. .... read more >
Meet Mr Kellyanne Conway, Wachtell partner
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10 February 2017

When historians tackle the Trumpian Age, how will they portray Kellyanne Conway? 

As Trump's favoured spinner, who spent her days defending the Idwig's spoutings.

As a sleep-deprived factotum, condemned to be ready 24/7 with slap and a nice frock and a batshit defence whenever her boss tapped out an incensed 3am truth rocket blasting Saturday Night Live.

As a strategic genius who realised that justifying the unjustifiable required her to fight Trump's fires by setting herself aflame.

As the person who most eerily resembles a South Park cartoon character. 

As a wildly incorrect humanoid babelfish who achieved infamy by offering "alternative facts", right up until the bombs fell, which she said were just big drops of explodey rain.



As a woman who, on television, appeared to bleed from the eyes, more and more as the weeks rolled by, until she resembled a melting miracle statue, waterfalls of blood pouring down her face, terrifying viewers as she insisted that President Trump's approval ratings were not the lowest but in fact the highest of any President in the history of the Republic, twin jets of blood arcing across the screen, until her television appearances became logistically impossible because cameramen were flailing in a pool of blood in the studio and Conway was bobbing around, spinning faster and faster as the blood shooting from her eyes propelled her in circles, which made it difficult to pick up sound.

They will portray her as all of these things, but also, one hopes, as a wife and mother.



And the curious historian should wonder, who would marry such a dedicated agent of dangerous fiction? And by the way, who is that manspreader in ill-fitting jeans? The answer to both is a US lawyer, and aside from the outfit he is an excellent match.

George T Conway III is a partner at US firm Wachtell. A litigation lawyer, in 1995 he achieved a great victory acting for cigarette company Philip Morris when it brought a defamation claim against ABC News. ABC settled, paying costs of over $2.5m and agreeing to apologise twice on air for claiming that the tobacco manufacturer manipulated nicotine levels to addict smokers. Which, like the chunks of tarry lung Philip Morris' customers cough up, must have stuck in the craw.

Mr Conway is a member of a group of conservative lawyers called the Federalist Society, and was part of a second, secretive group of conservative lawyers who fought to bring down Bill Clinton in the 1990s with a series of lawsuits. The New York Times reported that Mr Conway was particularly clandestine, keeping his name off the suits to avoid getting into trouble at Wachtell, where "influential Democrats" like Bernard W. Nussbaum, a former White House counsel, are also partners. But he also does pro bono work, albeit of a particularly conservative bent. His profile on the Wachtell website boasts that Mr Conway successfully fought to deny prisoners in New York State jails the right to vote on behalf of victims of crime.

So hopefully historians will record that Conway, who is also a lawyer, was not just a narcissist's fizzing liebot, but one half of a legal power couple. And if the Trumpocalypse leaves only fragments of this world and one of them is this photo, historians will also conclude that they were royal:  




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Update: More firms answer RollOnFriday appeal to employ screwed-over KWM staff
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01 February 2017

More firms have signed up to RollOnFriday's appeal to find jobs for staff stuck at KWM.

If you're not up to speed with the car crash which was once SJ Berwin, catch up here. If you're working there and looking for options, one of these might suit:

Royds Withy King

Hi,
 
I’ve just seen your article to support KWM staff. We have the following vacancies in our London office that might be of interest:
 
Associate- Real Estate (5 yrs + PQE)
Marketing & BD Manager- Commercial Teams (Split across Bath and London)
 
All of our vacancies are posted on our careers website:

 
www.roydswithyking.com/careers
 
Thanks,
Claire
 
Claire Fennell
Recruitment Manager



Moorcrofts

Corporate Solicitor  - 1 to 5 Years PQE

Hi there

We’ve got an opening within our 6 strong Corporate team here at Moorcrofts in Marlow. City work but quality of life here is unrivalled.

If interested, in the first instance please submit your CV to Trevor Dyer, our Practice Director, via email to trevor@moorcrofts.com. Alternatively ring him on 07967 327221 for an informal discussion.



Muckle LLP

Hello

If any KWM people are interested in getting away from the City rat race and relocating up to the beautiful north east of England, then we would be delighted to hear from them.

Details of existing vacancies can be found here but we are always interested in hearing from talented individuals in whatever role who can contribute to our success and development:


https://www.muckle-llp.com/careers/qualified-lawyers-business-support/

Thanks

Jason Wainwright
Managing Partner
Muckle LLP


Taylor Vinters

Hi Roll on Friday
 
I saw your news piece and I am emailing to let you know about our London vacancies. We would love to hear from those who are interested and they can contact me directly (details below). More details available on our website: http://www.taylorvinters.com/join-us.
 
London vacancies
Corporate Associate
Corporate Senior Associate
Data/Regulatory Senior Associate or Partner
Charities Senior Associate or Partner
Commercial Technology (FinTech focus) Associate or Senior Associate
Corporate/Commercial (Growth Team) Senior Associate (must have experience working with entrepreneurial businesses and running early stage seed and venture capital fundraisings)
 
We also welcome speculative applications and would love to hear from anyone interested in working at Taylor Vinters.
 
Many thanks
 
Alix
 
Alix Balfe-Skinner     
HR Manager     



De Beristain Wallace Ltd

Hi,

We are a small boutique firm based in Mayfair, with a specialism in sports law.

We currently have an opening for a 3-4 year PQE litigation role and an office manager position.

Anyone interested in applying should get in touch with me at johnwallace@deberistainwallace.com

Kind regards,

John

John Wallace
Director


Stephens Scown LLP

Dear RoF,
 
We’ve seen your piece on KWM staff looking for work. If anyone is looking for a fresh start in the beautiful South West, we are recruiting for support staff and fee earner positions ranging from receptionist to solicitor. A full list of our vacancies can be found on our website at: https://www.stephens-scown.co.uk/careers/current-vacancies/. Or if anyone would like a chat about opportunities at Stephens Scown, which is the British Legal Awards UK Law Firm of the Year and the highest ranked law firm on the 2016 Times 100 Best Companies list, our HR team can be reached at 01392 210700.
 
Regards,
 
Emily
 
Emily Ottery
For and on behalf of Stephens Scown LLP
HR & Training Officer



Merali Beedle

I have just seen your article regarding KWM employees looking for new jobs.  We are currently recruiting solicitors at 5+ years PQE in various practice areas, including commercial property, property litigation, finance, employment and corporate.  Our lawyers work on the basis of a profit share, taking home 50% of fees generated up to £50k p/a and 70% above that threshold.  Our approach and model is based on providing absolute flexibility to genuinely entrepreneurial lawyers who want a better work-life balance and a vastly increased percentage of fees they generate.
 
Any solicitors who are interested should apply in the first instance to info@meralibeedle.com 



Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP have an opening for one Commercial Litigation Associate around the 2-4 pqe
 
www.wallace.co.uk
 
Please submit your CV by email to Tricia Davenport, t.davenport@wallace.co.uk
 
No agencies please.
 
Tricia Davenport 
HR Manager 



J P Fletcher & Co

Dear Sirs,

Further to your notification last Friday, we would be happy to see if we can assist any of the young lawyers at KWM. 

We are a small boutique in the City and specialise in commercial, corporate, civil litigation and employment law.  

Please do contact either myself or Charlotte Turnbull if we can assist. 

Regards, 

Justin P Fletcher

Managing Partner



Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP

Hi,

We have vacancies for a Paralegal and a Legal Secretary to join our leading City employment team.

Interested candidates can have a look at our website and apply to EmmaSell@bdbf.co.uk

http://www.bdbf.co.uk/working-with-us/

Many thanks
Arpita



Buckles Solicitors

Hello

We would be delighted to hear from any KWM staff who may be interested in joining our firm.   Details of existing vacancies at Buckles can be found here.  

Kind Regards
Linda Smith
Head of HR



Thanks to all. More positions from other firms interested in taking on KWM people can be found here. .... read more >
Trump's going to nuke the UK because of one CPS lawyer
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31 January 2017

A Leeds solicitor who started the petition to deny Donald Trump a State visit to the UK says the support it has gained is "absolutely crazy". But winding up all-powerful narcissists comes with risks. 

Graham Guest, a criminal lawyer with the Crown Prosecution Service in West Yorkshire, started the petition a few weeks ago. Before the weekend it had attracted just 60 signatures. But then thin-skinned crowd repulsor Trump signed an executive order which banned refugees from entering the US for 120 days, indefinitely banned Syrian refugees and banned entry of all nationals from seven majority Muslim countries.



Trump's hasty fulfillment of a campaign promise created the sort of 'bad optics', including images of doctors, war heroes, children and pensioners stranded at airports, which could be easily manipulated by the Mainstream Media to suggest that his patriotic brainwave was a mismanaged brainfart. It provoked large protests at airports across the US and around the world, and attracted condemnation from beta cucks everywhere. Over the weekend, Guest's petition suddenly gained traction. By Monday it had secured over a million signatures, meaning that MPs must consider debating it in parliament. By Tuesday it had over 1.6 million, a record.



Meanwhile Putin propaganda sites Russia Today and the Telegraph seized on the existence of a poorly-spelt and worded rival petition as evidence that 103,159 people want to put their face under a boot forever.





The Queen has not commented on whether helping Trump down the stairs by his tiny hand and then performing the "full monty" for him would embarrass her, but a regal hosting of the vindictive groper could certainly diminish Britain's reputation on the global stage. In addition, there are likely to be considerable obstacles to fulfilling Trump's expectations of what a State visit should entail. He already wants golf at Balmoral with HRH, and royal flunkeys must surely be preparing themselves for further demands: a TickerTrump parade, a right for his bloodthirsty sons to shoot game in London Zoo, and the Wee to the City, which would permit POTUS to pee on commoners, or vice versa, on Tower Bridge between dawn and dusk.

Guest told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Trump should be denied the honour of a State visit because he "is a misogynist racist". Talking to the Associated Press, he said, "at the end of the day he is still the president and we've just got to live with that. But there's no reason why he should get all the pomp and publicity of a state visit". 

It has put Teresa (sp) May in an unenviable position. If she doesn't appease the prickly Trump with a State visit and all the trimmings, past form suggests that he will interpret the slight as an unforgivable humiliation and throw a nuclear paddy, or at least levy a savage punishment trade tariff on the UK. But if she does grant the State visit and let him to smarm over Brenda, frot Kate and eat a swan, thousands of stoic British peasants can be expected to follow him everywhere, lining his route to the Palace, gathering under ever balcony at which he appears, all the while chanting, "YOU PATHETIC, SHORT-FINGERED BUMFLUTE". Which could just as effectively lead to a termination of the Special Relationship via ICBM. May must be beginning to appreciate how it is that so many of the women with whom Trump attempts to initiate a Special Relationship end up suing him.

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Update: More firms answer RollOnFriday appeal to employ screwed-over KWM staff
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25 January 2017

More firms have signed up to RollOnFriday's appeal to find jobs for staff stuck at KWM.

If you're not up to speed with the car crash which was once SJ Berwin, catch up here. If you're working there and looking for options, one of these might suit:

Royds Withy King

Hi,
 
I’ve just seen your article to support KWM staff. We have the following vacancies in our London office that might be of interest:
 
Associate- Real Estate (5 yrs + PQE)
Marketing & BD Manager- Commercial Teams (Split across Bath and London)
 
All of our vacancies are posted on our careers website:

 
www.roydswithyking.com/careers
 
Thanks,
Claire
 
Claire Fennell
Recruitment Manager



Moorcrofts

Corporate Solicitor  - 1 to 5 Years PQE

Hi there

We’ve got an opening within our 6 strong Corporate team here at Moorcrofts in Marlow. City work but quality of life here is unrivalled.

If interested, in the first instance please submit your CV to Trevor Dyer, our Practice Director, via email to trevor@moorcrofts.com. Alternatively ring him on 07967 327221 for an informal discussion.



Muckle LLP

Hello

If any KWM people are interested in getting away from the City rat race and relocating up to the beautiful north east of England, then we would be delighted to hear from them.

Details of existing vacancies can be found here but we are always interested in hearing from talented individuals in whatever role who can contribute to our success and development:


https://www.muckle-llp.com/careers/qualified-lawyers-business-support/

Thanks

Jason Wainwright
Managing Partner
Muckle LLP


Taylor Vinters

Hi Roll on Friday
 
I saw your news piece and I am emailing to let you know about our London vacancies. We would love to hear from those who are interested and they can contact me directly (details below). More details available on our website: http://www.taylorvinters.com/join-us.
 
London vacancies
Corporate Associate
Corporate Senior Associate
Data/Regulatory Senior Associate or Partner
Charities Senior Associate or Partner
Commercial Technology (FinTech focus) Associate or Senior Associate
Corporate/Commercial (Growth Team) Senior Associate (must have experience working with entrepreneurial businesses and running early stage seed and venture capital fundraisings)
 
We also welcome speculative applications and would love to hear from anyone interested in working at Taylor Vinters.
 
Many thanks
 
Alix
 
Alix Balfe-Skinner     
HR Manager     



de Beristain Wallace Ltd

Hi,

We are a small boutique firm based in Mayfair, with a specialism in sports law.

We currently have an opening for a 3-4 year PQE litigation role and an office manager position.

Anyone interested in applying should get in touch with me at johnwallace@deberistainwallace.com

Kind regards,

John

John Wallace
Director


Stephens Scown LLP

Dear RoF,
 
We’ve seen your piece on KWM staff looking for work. If anyone is looking for a fresh start in the beautiful South West, we are recruiting for support staff and fee earner positions ranging from receptionist to solicitor. A full list of our vacancies can be found on our website at: https://www.stephens-scown.co.uk/careers/current-vacancies/. Or if anyone would like a chat about opportunities at Stephens Scown, which is the British Legal Awards UK Law Firm of the Year and the highest ranked law firm on the 2016 Times 100 Best Companies list, our HR team can be reached at 01392 210700.
 
Regards,
 
Emily
 
Emily Ottery
For and on behalf of Stephens Scown LLP
HR & Training Officer



Merali Beedle

I have just seen your article regarding KWM employees looking for new jobs.  We are currently recruiting solicitors at 5+ years PQE in various practice areas, including commercial property, property litigation, finance, employment and corporate.  Our lawyers work on the basis of a profit share, taking home 50% of fees generated up to £50k p/a and 70% above that threshold.  Our approach and model is based on providing absolute flexibility to genuinely entrepreneurial lawyers who want a better work-life balance and a vastly increased percentage of fees they generate.
 
Any solicitors who are interested should apply in the first instance to info@meralibeedle.com 



Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP have an opening for one Commercial Litigation Associate around the 2-4 pqe
 
www.wallace.co.uk
 
Please submit your CV by email to Tricia Davenport, t.davenport@wallace.co.uk
 
No agencies please.
 
Tricia Davenport 
HR Manager 



J P Fletcher & Co

Dear Sirs,

Further to your notification last Friday, we would be happy to see if we can assist any of the young lawyers at KWM. 

We are a small boutique in the City and specialise in commercial, corporate, civil litigation and employment law.  

Please do contact either myself or Charlotte Turnbull if we can assist. 

Regards, 

Justin P Fletcher

Managing Partner



Brahams Dutt Badrick French LLP

Hi,

We have vacancies for a Paralegal and a Legal Secretary to join our leading City employment team.

Interested candidates can have a look at our website and apply to EmmaSell@bdbf.co.uk

http://www.bdbf.co.uk/working-with-us/

Many thanks
Arpita


More positions from other firms interested in taking on KWM people can be found here. .... read more >
KWM enters administration
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17 January 2017
KWM has filed for administration.

King Wood & Mallesons LLP is expected to cease trading this afternoon. The firm will shut down and Quantuma administrator Andrew Hosking will take a transfer of its assets and control of the business. Those staff who have to stay on to transfer files and employees to other firms are expected to be moved out of the current office into smaller premises.

    That new office in full

Last week KWM stopped paying any of its staff, some of whom quite understandably resorted to raiding the canteen freezers. Today, partner relations descended into open warfare with an extraordinary email spat between two of them copying in almost the entire firm, in which one appeared to effectively call the other an Anglo-Saxon word for 'ladypart'.

Here's Managing Partner Tim Bednall's email to staff today:

"Dear Colleagues,

The UK firm, King & Wood Mallesons LLP, will appoint administrators today, following the finalisation of terms for the sale (in parts) of almost all of the London and Cambridge practices to a number of other firms, including KWM China.

The administrators will be Andrew Hosking and several of his partners from Quantuma.

The administrators will communicate with all staff, likely commencing this afternoon, and propose to arrange staff meetings with conference call dial in facilities. The administrators will advise continuing staff in relation to salary payments, and all staff concerning their statutory redundancy and statutory payments, and the process for making a claim on the national insurance fund. They will also advise on matters such as access to the office and to emails.

Immediately following the appointment of administrators, the firm will cease to practice. The firm will also cease to be a member of the KWM Verein, and will change its name to ‘QSP Residual Recoveries LLP’.

As advised last week, most active files have been or are in the process of being transferred to other firms. KWM China has established a new UK firm that will take on a number of active and inactive files, and KWM CIS will also take files on a temporary basis that are in the process of being transferred to other firms. If you have a live matter and are uncertain about where the file is to be held, please contact David Wilman and his team.

Samantha Palmer from Ashfords will be appointed as the Solicitor Manager of the LLP to manage the process of billing and collection of remaining files, and the allocation of client monies, amongst other things.

I am very sorry that it has finally come to this. I am particularly distressed by the fact that salaries were not able to be paid for the last two weeks, for reasons previously explained.

I wish you well."


Grim. KWM staffers still looking for a job may have some luck finding one here.

Read the full obituary on Friday.
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Amazing leaked email spat between KWM partners
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17 January 2017

An extraordinary email spat between two partners at collapsing KWM has taken place in full view of the staff, shining a light on the extraordinary levels of dysfunction and ill-will at partnership level.

On Saturday private funds partner George Pinkham, who manages KWM's New York office, sent a valedictory email round the firm to let them know the good news that his job was safe and that he'd be transferring, along with the rest of the NY office, to KWM China. As well as being a cloth-eared announcement given that many of the recipients of his email are not being paid by the firm and are in the process of losing their jobs, in a stunning decision to break ranks Pinkham pronounced that "London management has managed to sink SJ Berwin".



Pinkham's accusation would have been sensational enough. But colourful self-promoter and Dubai partner Tim Taylor responded to accuse Pinkham of being tactless and wrong to assign blame. He did so by telling him "See you next Tuesday", a euphemistic backronym for 'ladypart'.

    Pinkham 

  Taylor (appearing on Made in Chelsea

     Everyone else

Having essentially called his fellow partner a front bottom in front of the entire firm, Taylor railed that Pinkham, who founded SJ Berwin's Paris office in 2001 and headed up its Hong Kong practice in 2012, should "try re-reading your own email and then asking yourself whether a culture of self-preoccupation and blaming others might have had something to so with how all this has happened".



In the next of the emails, which were leaked to Legal Cheek, Pinkham addressed the entire firm, writing, "Tim has chosen to distort my message and to gratuitously attack me". He doubled down on his accusation, specifying that the London managing and senior partners "made a series of catastrophic decisions in the past few years". He also appeared to reveal that he was banned from taking part in partnership votes after stepping down from his management position.



Taylor struck a semi-conciliatory tone in his reply which utterly failed to undo the impression of headless chickens trying to fight a duel.



A KWM spokeswoman declined to comment.

Meanwhile RollOnFriday continues to receive responses to its appeal to find screwed-over KWM staffers new jobs - updates are here. .... read more >

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