I’m not sure how I would survive the week without the email from Roll on Friday appearing in my inbox each week. It never fails to brighten up my Friday, and today was no different.
Take a bow Brain Valery. Until recently, Valery was employed by New York firm Anderson Kill. Valery wanted to be a lawyer; so when he joined the firm in 1996 as a paralegal he told them he was at night school to get his qualification. In 2004 he informed his employers of the good news of his qualification to the New York Bar, and Anderson Kill made him an associate at let him get on with it. Only, Valery hadn’t qualified to the New York Bar. In fact, he hadn’t gone to law school or got any legal qualification. Valery has since been fired and Anderson Kill have admitted that it might just have been a good idea to confirm small matters such as his legal qualifications and whether or not he had been admitted to the bar or not.
This week also saw their Law Firm of the year awards. Using responses from staff at firms to rank pay, prospects, work/life balance, biscuits, toilets and phwoar factor of fellow employees an overall winner emerged – this year Burgess Salmon, who scored over 80% for each category.
Clifford Chance beat of some strong competition from Olswang and Lovells to take the best Toilets category. There were no surprises that the best place to go for pay is A&O; the best place to go for biscuits is Wragge & Co; and Work / life Balance award goes to Burgess Salmon.
ROF is required reading for anyone working in Law Firms in the UK [Although I have been told that there are, apparently, a number of London firms who block access to the site – those without a sense of humour I presume]