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Law Podcasts

Ursula Smartt | June 5, 2020

Law Podcasts

Compiled by Ursula Smartt

Keeping up to date with developments in law and commercial legal practice, and understanding the impact of key judgments can be time-consuming, but crucial when it comes to making applications for professional training courses, training contracts or pupillage. Podcasts not only address different senses (from reading to aural forms of comprehension) they can also be listened to whilst travelling, running, in the gym or during mundane cleaning or ironing duties. There is an array of law-related podcasts published by individual lawyers, as well as law firms, chambers or broadcasters such as the BBC. The plethora of material available can be overwhelming, so to help out, here is a short guide.

BBC Radio 4: Law in Action with Joshua Rozenberg: https://bbc.in/36pOIwJ

Linkubator – one of the city’s magic circle law firms, Linklater’s podcasts – the hottest topics in legal technology and commercial awareness. Topics covered include analytics and data, fintech and artificial intelligence: https://bit.ly/2XnUNpl

Allen & Overy Launch: the career’s podcast. In a series of interviews and panel discussions, this podcast explores the many routes to becoming a lawyer as well as the options available during and after a career in law. Hosted by Bianca Vasilache, an A&O trainee, the guest speakers share their stories and practical advice for potential applicants and current practitioners alike: https://aograduaterecruitment.podbean.com/

Middle Temple Pupillage podcast. For those considering a career at the Bar, hosted by Beatrice Collier and Georgina Wolfe, barristers at 5 Essex Court, this offers insight and tips on the pupillage process — from drafting CVs and joining an Inn, to getting advocacy experience and making the most of mini pupillages and interviews. The pair talk to barristers and judges in each 45-minute episode: https://bit.ly/3eeurNy

The Hearing Podcasts. Legal Insights – Europe by Thomson Reuters. Interviews, usually lasting around about half an hour, offer thoughts on legal trailblazers and innovations. Guests have included Cherie Blair, QC, Sandie Okoro, the general counsel at the World Bank, Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland, and Alastair Campbell, the former Labour Party spin doctor: https://blogs.thomsonreuters.com/legal-uk/topic/video/

LawPod UK by 1 Crown Office Row. Covering developments across all aspects of civil and public law, Rosalind English and Emma-Louise Fenelon, barristers at 1 Crown Office Row, talk to lawyers, academics and other experts in discussions lasting between 15 and 30 minutes. This podcast has been running since 2017, and some of the latest episodes cover inquests, commercial surrogacy and climate change: https://audioboom.com/channels/4911918

Get Legally Speaking. From divorce to family law, employee rights, the environment, debt, customer issues and the latest on what’s going on in the courts, these 25-minute episodes aim to present the issues in plain language. Hosted weekly by Hatti Suvari, a business consultant and co-founder of the law firm Red Bar Law: https://www.getlegallyspeaking.com/podcasts

First Hundred Years. Launched in 2019 to mark the centenary of the law allowing women to become lawyers in the UK, this series charts their history in the profession through the decades. In ten 60-minute podcasts, legal pioneers and academics consider key themes, including gender stereotypes, the work/life balance and diversity: https://first100years.org.uk/digital-museum/podcasts/

Forster’s podcastsThis leading London law firm based in Mayfair deals principally with real estate and private wealth clients. They are commercially-led with long-term client relationships: https://www.forsters.co.uk/news/podcasts

Forsters also have a news blog: https://www.forsters.co.uk/news/blog

EG Property Podcasts  Estate Agents’ latest news, views and debates from the commercial property industry. A mix of regular short interviews and the weekly news round-up, covering the whole of the commercial property industry: https://estatesgazette.podbean.com