Magic Circle


Greetings. When I say ‘Magic Circle’ it would be understandable if you thought about the existence of unicorns and rainbows and the magical land they live in which is probably called the ‘magic circle.’ But, no. Nope. Negative. The ‘Magic Circle’ is an informal term for what is considered the FIVE leading law firms in the UK. The 5 firms are:

  • Allen & Overy
  • Clifford Chance
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Linklaters
  • Slaughter and May

These firms are the most prestigious and consistently have the highest earnings per partner and earnings per lawyer of UK headquartered law firms. Well, hot damn. That’s cool if you want to work 800 hours a week and are cool about not seeing your friends or family. Then comes the ‘Silver Circle.’ These firms are smaller in the numbers of revenue but the lawyers there still manage to make BANK/lots of money.

If you know me at all, you know I have mad respect for The English Legal System. Sorry, American Legal System, we still cool. In addition, the following barrister’s chambers are often described as constituting the ‘Bar’s Magic Circle.’

  • Blackstone Chambers
  • Brick Court Chambers
  • Essex Court Chambers
  • Fountain Court Chambers
  • One Essex Court

I would like to add one other thing-not related but it is kind of. Check it-The Legal Education Foundation (LEF) is to fund 2 new social welfare pupillages. Yeah. The 2 year fellowship will commence in September 2016. The first year will see the successful applicant working as a caseworker for the Bar Pro Bono Unit. The second year will be spent in Chambers performing their pupillage, predominantly in the family team. Muchas Gracias Pump Court Chambers. That is all.





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