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The UK’s first lifestyle site for lawyers, Rollonfriday.com, was launched on 5 October. The site features a selection of serious and silly news stories; restaurant reviews; entertainment listings and suggestions; gossip; and joke postings.The site is privately owned and run by two fee earners from Ashurst Morris Crisp, who enlisted their friends and colleagues for venture capital support. An interesting feature is a table containing vital statistics on the largest City firms, such as salaries and target hours. The name of each firm in the table is linked to a review page, which outlines the ups and downs of working there. For example, this is how it reviews Baker & McKenzie: “Bakers may not be the largest firm in the world any more (that honour belongs to Clifford Chance), but their huge international presence earned them the title of the McDonald’s of the legal world… Even if there is a ‘franchised’ feel to the organisation, it’s good news if you’re working there for the long term and think you might fancy the odd change of scenery.” Although Rollonfriday claims to be independent, it has strong links to commercial partners such as loans adviser Charcol, which has three modules of mortgage advice featured on the site including a program that calculates how much individuals can borrow. The site also offers other free services such as electronic translation, currency conversion and a world clock. Visitors can post messages on the site, which maintains live chat room and bulletin board facilities. Some of these are dedicated to work-related issues, while others provide a forum for lunching advice and such cerebral topics as the latest episode of Ally McBeal.But lawyers be warned – the site’s tongue-in-cheek ‘glamorous solicitor’ feature draws mocking attention to embarrassing or unflattering photographs.

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