However, secondments with clients are fairly common, and were taken with Drax Group, BP, Castle Water, Aberdeen Standard Investments and a FTSE 100 retail company. December 22, 2020. 13 associates and six support staff redundant following review, Performance exceeds expectations for first half of financial year. Average arrival and leave times derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2020–21 of over 2,000 trainees and junior associates at the leading law firms in the UK. Secondment probabilities derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2020–21 of over 2,000 trainees and junior associates at the leading law firms in the UK. Mind you, I’m no spring chicken, I came to that firm in my late 20s already, so I wasn’t as young and impressionable as some other trainees that they normally deal with. City player will now recruit 50 trainees annually. Legal Cheek is going round the country for its final series of student commercial awareness events of 2019. Josh Gorman. Terrible hours, below par pay, no soul, declining mental health. As recruitment became more competitive and the time barrier to partnership grew and grew, as well as a diminished appetite to offer equity share (there was no “salary partners” in the firm when he got upped), it became standard to think “well this firm will give me a really good start but I probably won’t stay here forever”. Control is an integrated solution which brings together AG's experience in litigation financing and market know-how with a willingness to share risk and the flexibility to structure a bespoke financing package appropriate to the client and the case. Addleshaw Goddard Graduates associate Nicholas Parkin reveals why he's not worried about the impact of tech on the junior end of the legal profession. Nevertheless, many feel they have further to go, with one person highlighting that the takeaway food comes in a polystyrene box and the salads come in plastic tubs, and another noting that, despite the firm’s policy that domestic air travel should only be done with permission, “all Scottish trainees were straight away given the option of flying down to London for the trainee conference”. He’s been with that firm for 4 years now, yes he gets a fair whack of money each year but he gives half of it in tax. Or you’ll be so overworked and overstretched that its impossible to produce decent work, and you’ll be punished for that too. Feel free to DM me on LinkedIn do you want to discuss confidentially, Thanks Chris. Additionally, Al Malizia has accepted the position of vice president of operations, and will […] One trainee reveals they had “great ‘hands on’ responsibility from the get go – I was drafting and negotiating pretty lengthy & complex deeds of release in my first three weeks of my first seat in Finance with a Silver Circle firm on the other side. Anna has been in the Addleshaw Goddard Restructuring team for over 12 years, starting her career in the Leeds office. On Wednesday 6 November Legal Cheek is partnering with Addleshaw Goddard for an evening with its lawyers at the firm’s Edinburgh office. It’s very depressing really. If you’re ready to join us, you can apply for one of our training contracts. I have worked at a big city firm and somewhere achingly provincial and much prefer the latter. AG have just lost a significant client and are on the brink of losing others. 3:47. Point is – these big names, big firms, they may pay you a wage that you think is amazing (probably only because you’ve never earned that much before), but once you get to see the real life and the real practice, you soon realise no amount of money is worth what’s being taken away from you. By contrast if you’re in prop lit this is not likely to be a quiet time for you. All the best to those being made redundant at such a horrible time of year and in such uncertain times. I didn’t get the seats I wanted and was lumped into banking and you realise that your fate is beyond your control. Having spoken to the trainee there, they were merely having a read over and sending comments to the associate who’d deal with the substantive drafting whereas I was responsible for the whole doc itself!”. At the same time, let’s face it, often the reality doesn’t match our expectations and fantasies about what it would be like working in one particular area or another (saw that ever so briefly in the corporate department). Insider Scorecard Grades range from A* to D and are derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey 2020–21 of over 2,000 trainees and junior associates at the leading law firms in the UK. The multidisciplinary Addleshaw Goddard practice combines lawyers and senior compliance professionals to provide legal, compliance, conduct, risk and governance support. So I stuck with it – 2 years and all that money and effort at uni down the drain. It does feel like a short term option as a career because the opportunities are so limited and firms are so happy to throw juniors aside the second its convenient. There is this assumption that its fine that a trainee really doesn’t build up a whole lot of knowledge during their TC because the firm expects you will stay in the firm forever and you can learn it later. wouldn’t expect less from such a sub par firm. This sense of inclusion is no doubt enhanced by the fact that offices are open-plan with break-out pods and excellent canteens, although the survey did uncover some gripes about the “old buildings” in the Scottish offices, despite recent refurbishments to the interior (for balance, another respondent praised the “beautiful view of Edinburgh Castle”). I reckon it’s the latter so I left. There is so much luck involved in a legal career – right trainee seats, right mentors, firm performing well at times you need it to, partnership prospects and rivals appearing/disappearing at the right points, health (mental and physical) holding out throughout the process of working your way up. As soon as I told them that my TC was primarily litigation based (just not commercial) and once I told them what seats I did, those praises and “attempts to get me to switch” stopped immediately… So there you go…. On the evening of Tuesday 26 November lawyers from the Leeds office of global law firm Addleshaw Goddard will gather at Legal Cheek’s latest student event to consider what we can expect from the Northern Powerhouse economy of the 2020s – and to mull the … I have a friend who was “lucky enough” to get his TC in an MC firm. Legal PA at Addleshaw Goddard. My firm wanted me to do the typical admin trainee stuff and I just said ok, or you could let me do my own thing and actually get chargeable work whilst I learn the technical law behind my practical knowledge. Kafeel Azher Associate (Employment) at Addleshaw Goddard London. These things can happen to anyone. Confirming the cuts today, a firm spokesperson said: “We can confirm that 19 individuals have been made redundant and three colleagues have redeployed into other teams. They were consistently late and unorganised with moving you on to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th seat. “Some (but not many) trainees manage to leave at six on the dot every day.”. Unfortunately, there aren’t many firms that truly look after their own people. End Time: 17:00. Event Date: 20/10/2020. We know that this has been a very difficult and uncertain period for many of the team and these decisions have been reached only after the most careful and thorough consideration.”. So now I’m stuck with a profession that’s stressful, gives me no joy and there’s little I can do to change that. The firm has about 1200 lawyers in 12 offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, Hamburg, the Middle East, Singapore and Hong Kong, and a formal alliance with a firm in Tokyo. Agree completely. Of course, Covid was an easy way to get rid of those underperformers, but firms should ask themselves – have you done enough to ensure your juniors had an opportunity to shine? Greater Denver Area. Addleshaw Goddard has become the latest big legal player to up the salaries of its newly qualified … I know for a fact it’s not from people working at MCs cause they wouldn’t have a second to spare to get on LegalCheek and would get into bother being seen not working at all hours of the night. I don’t know how much AG pay their associates but for me, taking home 20-30k less per year but knowing I would be home to cook dinner with my partner every night or be able to meet friends who have the fortune of working 9-5 somewhere interesting (and would pretty much never have to work on the weekend) was a trade off worth making. My point is if firms get a trainee who has interests and knows (or think they know) what area they want to specialise in – give them the chance to see that in practice. The focus of the session will be on how technology is … Addleshaw Goddard Graduates. Addleshaw lets trainees get stuck in on proper lawyer work rather than boring tasks. Giles is a Corporate Finance partner based in London. Honestly from where I am now, I would not advise a young person to go into law for exactly the reasons you’ve described – you simply don’t know what you’re getting and it may prove to be extremely difficult to get out into something good. Individual experiences may vary. Hogan Lovells – 50. Partner, Corporate ; London, UK Expertise. I like the idea of wage slaving for a few millionaires being “winning”. Whether or not this is a good thing, it is a real trend. Anna recently returned to the team having spent 10 months on secondment to a clearing bank's restructuring team. This again brings me to my previous point about locking ourselves into one particular area of law which makes it very difficult for people to tweak their careers. Yes, he has all the newest tech and can afford some impressive suits to impress all kinds of clients and ladies around, but he has no time for personal relationships and has aged beyond imagination. Part of this strategy involves its "Client Development Centre (CDC)," an innovative idea and set of services launched by Dr. Jim Hever who holds a … Generally speaking, the lawyers considered their work-life balance not bad for a commercial firm of Addleshaw Goddard’s stature. 20 Jan 17. Lawyers from the firm’s corporate, commercial, technology and finance teams will discuss their work advising multinationals, global banks and fintech start-ups, including Edinburgh-based Skyscanner. Do they think you’re a winner or a sucker? Amy Winchester Wilderness and somatically-oriented psychotherapist. If the SRA really cared about junior lawyers they would make it possible for trainees to report firms like this. My first seat was in a department I had no interest in. Speaking at the time, John Joyce, managing partner, said: “[O]ur real estate team has grown over the last five years to match demand which has now reduced in some areas and after much thought we now recognise that we need to make changes given the limited prospects of imminent recovery.”. Just as an example, in my previous firm, the commercial litigation partners used to say I’m a natural litigator and should’ve gone with litigation rather than the area I was in. I was promised that everyone got to do their first choice at least once and instead I’ve been put in areas not even remotely related to what I wanted. I would be further along in my career now had I never done the TC at all. There is relatively little opportunity to work internationally, although two lawyers spent six months abroad, one in Qatar and the other in Hong Kong. “Peaks and troughs…some people have a worse time of it than others,” said one. I expect those affected do this type of work. Pages Businesses Media/News Company Legal Cheek Videos What does the rise of artificial intelligence mean for patent lawyers? Silver and Magic circle are all vanity. Before I started the TC – I was working in the industry I wanted, why did I leave to do this TC? Trust me, when you work in that kind of environment, one you cannot escape from – no amount of money will be enough to make it “worthwhile”. You were incredibly lucky then to have found an employer that would listen to you. I wanted one practice area, I would happily do my other seats in whatever random shite they wanted me to do so long as I got that one seat. Registered in England and Wales with Company Number 08037587. Overburning and complete physical and mental exhaustion is a real issue in this profession and a real threat if you end up with the wrong employer. You can be earning around 140k in your twenties. The Legal 500 UK. Fortunately they agreed for the most part and only had to do a very little amount of admin. According to another rookie, “You don’t feel like a trainee and your role isn’t particularly admin heavy. Yeah, I was thinking the same – why so many thumbs down? That obviously didn’t help. Please note that due to COVID-19 secondment probabilities are lower than in usual years. I could go on listing things how this firm is destroying him and his life, but why would I? Now I am qualified, I can only get a role within the 4 areas I did my TC in (none of which I find midly interesting or stimulative), no firm wants to take an NQ who had no previous seat in that particular field. With Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst, CMS, Hogan Lovells, Eversheds, Irwin Mitchell, Linklaters, Pinsent Masons, Shoosmiths and more. AG were hiring loads just before the pandemic. 1:18. Addleshaw Goddard’s London office Addleshaw Goddardhas cut 19 lawyer roles across its UK offices following a redundancy consultation. Don’t think i’ve seen honest chat like this in the LC comments for sometime. Now we waste 2 years of our lives doing meaningless stuff for a firm that doesn’t care about you and get stuck with whatever presets they chose for us… Where’s the logic in this? You get involved in really interesting and niche work, attend high-profile cases and events and you are trusted to run your own matters/ files quite often.”. Students/trainees should therefore have real data that could help guide their ambitions. Other firms to make job cuts in recent months include Reed Smith, Irwin Mitchell and Fieldfisher. Alternatively, you can use your email address to get started. Why did you choose this firm over any others?‘I enjoyed the assessment centre, which is unusual!’, ‘the marketing materials appealed to me’, ‘I was impressed with the diversity message the firm was presenting’, ‘I was a former client’, ‘strong northern presence’, ‘the Manchester office gets instructed on most bigger projects in the area’, ‘it’s at the forefront of legal technology’, ‘ranking of key departments/partners in The Legal 500’ Best thing a… This is the interesting bit though, we, in the UK tend to pick one field to specialise in, whilst in Europe, it is widely accepted that a legal professional can pick any area he wants to work in – very much how barristers work. No amount of money is worth constantly cancelling on friends for work, losing those friends and finding new friends in the office evening canteen staff. Everyone finds their level. People practise in the provinces because they are not good enough to be in London. Indeed. To be honest I wouldn’t even make such a sacrifice at a US firm, where at least they provide an (arguably) justifiable salary in exchange for the terrible and bizarre lifestyle on offer. Thankfully, Legal Cheek just released its 2020 firms most list, and has ranked the UK's top firms. Associate (Finance) at Addleshaw Goddard LLP Greater Leeds Area. It would be interesting to know a) which firms have the most successful exit opportunities at NQ, Junior Associate and Senior Associate levels, b) what those exit opportunities are, and c) how many of those exit opportunities offer better pay, better work/life balance or both. Surely, if you manage to graduate, get those degrees, pass your TC, it should be accepted that we can go into a new field (not having had a seat in it during TC) and learn it on the way just as well? Granted, it is very difficult, but it is possible. Guy’s barely 30 but he looks 40 odd and not the “good 40” so to speak.. After qualifying, I left the firm as I couldn’t bear the thought of making them money whilst they’ve lied to me for 2 years straight and basically tried to make me into their little puppet. The post Addleshaw Goddard keeps 33 out of 37 autumn qualifying trainees appeared first on Legal Cheek. An insider tells us: “The hierarchy is fairly flat at AG. There is a firmwide drive towards greater eco-friendliness, with the recent introduction of Environment Week, good recycling systems and compulsory seminars on eco topics. Thx for the comment fresher. TriMas has announced that the Company has added two new leaders to its organization. Addleshaw Goddard advises BAT on acquisition of Swedish snus maker. Dentons, meanwhile, announced its own redundancy consolation last month, which could affect up to 24 lawyers across its UK offices. 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