HM Hubbard Law Scholarship
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Rachel J. Roche


Voila, c'est fini!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on July 3, 2013 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

And there we have it, year 2012/13 have graduated! Well done everyone!


Our graduation ceremony was held on the 26th June at the main Sorbonne building where I was awarded a “mention assez bien” and then I was whisked away by my lovely friend Sandra to our favourite sushi restaurant for dinner and a catch up before my departure. After dinner we went to our favourite cappuccino place in St Michel and then before we knew it, it was 1am and time to get the last metr...

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Quick reflection

Posted by Rachel J Roche on June 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I remember when I found out about the H M Hubbard Scholarship. I was sat in my office at my old law firm in Evesham and a mention was made of it in an email which I received from the Young Solicitors Group. I immediately clicked on the article, knowing that traveling abroad, especially to further my legal education, was something that I had wanted to do for a while. I read the small article and then clicked on the link to the H M Hubbard website itself, reading intently the short accounts fro...

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Last ever LL.M report - DONE!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on June 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I have officially (and finally) completed my last piece of work for the LL.M. A huge report on what I have been up to over the course of the last 3 months as intern.


I’m not sure whether writing the thing or trying to decide on my plan* was the trickiest, but in any event it's done and I have given it my best shot as usual!


I would just like to mention that in typing this little blog update, after nearly three months of using a French clavier, I am...

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Super cool Monday

Posted by Rachel J Roche on June 3, 2013 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

As far as the usual Monday goes, today has been pretty darn good in the grand scale of things! At the risk of inviting the inevitable and ending up with a busy season Part Deux, it has to be said that work has quietened down a fair bit since the 27th May passed by… and there has even been time to catch up on things like starting my internship report which is due in 2 weeks, time recording and putting in our expenses – of which I am sure that over 90% of our cumulative “frais...

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Fin de la busy!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on May 30, 2013 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The main tax deadline has passed and I am pleased to report that WE DID IT! What better way to round off with a glass of champagne and some very scrummy hors d’oeuvre in the Crystal Club, a swish open space at the top of the cafeteria in the garden - very nice indeed, and with a great view of Neuilly out on the balcony.

The short soriée started with a few speeches from the bosses singing our praises and then we had the pleasure of showcasing our video of comedy sketches put t...

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A stroll in the Parisian sunshine

Posted by Rachel J Roche on May 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

As you can see, it has been a little while since my last update; we have been in the mist of several thousand French tax returns, the deadline for which is in just over a week… Oddly however, the office seems fairly calm. The numerous French bank holidays that fall at this time of year have not been on our radar although a little rumour tells me that we may be able to take these days in lieu at the end of our contract which would mean I could tick off the final Paris sights from my list...

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The annual dinner of the Association of Franco-British Lawyers, chez the British Ambassador to France, Sir Peter Ricketts

Posted by Rachel J Roche on April 25, 2013 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

On Thursday the 18th April, I was lucking enough, as a newly accepted member of the Franco-British Lawyers Society (or l’Associaton des Juristes Franco-Britanniques), to be invited to dine with other members and guests at the private residence of Sir Peter Ricketts, the UK Ambassador to France.

This had been a highlight in my diary as I have been eager to meet other people who have a similar interest in all things French and British - and who also enjoy a complimentary gl...

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Back in the office... and some important exam results!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on April 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s been nearly a month since the end of exams and the time has flown as always.


I went home for the weekend before starting my internship on the 2nd April 2013. On the first day in the office, I was one of around 12 others who also started on the same day. We had a group seminar in the morning where we were all given laptops and had to create about 15 different passwords… Another group of other interns started a month before us so they have a bit of a head st...

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Posted by Rachel J Roche on March 26, 2013 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

It's nearly time to relax!!

It’s the night before the penultimate exam (droit international privé) and although having had a meagre 5 hours sleep last night and having been revising all day I am still surprisingly awake – which is great as I have an awful lot to get through before tomorrow… I think it’s going to be a late night! Meghan came round at around 2 pm and we got a good 7 or 8 hours work in which is great, but the subject is really abstract and subt...

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Three weeks left!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on March 9, 2013 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Oh my goodness me, we have a mere three weeks left – jam packed with exams, but three weeks nonetheless left before we start our internships and are on the home straight to the end of the LL.M.


So far, we have had our final exams for droit des societes (yes, there was a third exam for this subject!) and the final for droit des contrats. Remaining we have droit de la responsabilité civil (which I am in the process of revising for), droit du travail (on a Saturday...

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So long kitty!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on February 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

For those of you who have been asking, the rumours are indeed true. The poor kitty Tatami has sadly been put to sleep. She had suffered a kidney infection (or was it her liver?) and then went on hunger strike for about 3 weeks. Any cat lover worth his or her salt, pretty much knows that this spells the start of a trip kitty heaven.


No more will I have to endure the smell of cat litter around the apartment, nor have to wield a broom around with me for fear of being attacked...

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Tribunal of Commerce and the ICC

Posted by Rachel J Roche on February 18, 2013 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Last week was awesome – I started jogging again which is great for learning my way around my new arrondissement (thank you Decathlon for your sale on sportswear!), I attended another energetic Gym Suédoise with Caroline which is hilarious (you can watch a video which gives you the gist here: and, after a busy week of lectures and visits, Adam came to stay at the weekend!

On Wednesday, we had our last lesson of Droit des Societes wit...

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Silver Lining!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on February 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

This week has flown by! Although I think even since Christmas is has been like that. In fact, just reading the first line of my last blog entry, I start by saying the exact same thing! I estimate six weeks left before the end of the exams….. I have no idea how we are going to fit all of the exams into such a short time frame, but I am sure the professors will manage it!

I have been studying really hard for our contract law exam on Tuesday, almost a bit obsessively! For some reaso...

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February already!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on February 1, 2013 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This week has gone super quickly. We have been revising hard for our contract law exam which is on the 5th February… I have been through all of my notes, and I’ll spend the next day or two tabbing up my “Code Civil” and trying to commit to memory the various rules and theories.

I have finally started doing some exercise at Gym Suédoise – I went with Caroline and Justine on Tuesday night it was really good. We all definitely felt like we had a good wor...

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City Living

Posted by Rachel J Roche on January 22, 2013 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I suppose living for most of my life in the back of beyond is certainly a far cry from the city. I have, however, embraced city life in Paris. I have run for my fair share of metros, walked with determination down the rue de Rivoli using my elbows to get through!, and lugged my bag containing such heavy French legal textbooks that I feel sure I would be in for a chance at the next arm wrestling championships. I am perhaps turning into a city girl.

However, as much as Paris h...

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My sister came to stay!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on January 19, 2013 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (1)

My sister came over on Thursday! It was her birthday on Wednesday so how better to celebrate than with a couple of days in Paris. It could have started a little better with the Eurostar being a whopping 5 hours “en retard” due to the snow back home, but that didn’t stop us making the most of her 2 nights here. First of all on the Friday, I dragged her all around the 5th arrondissement with my classmates on a tour that was kindly put together and lead by our French teacher Mm...

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New apartment.... and cat

Posted by Rachel J Roche on January 16, 2013 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The first few nights in my new place have been great. I think I’ve been lucky to find this apartment complete with chilled housemate in a city where everyone says finding somewhere to live is by far the most challenging part of the year abroad! The cat (yes, there is a cat who lives here too!) and I had a couple of run-ins, but I think she is starting to warm to me - she actually came and perched on the end of my bed earlier. The first day she hissed constantly and even went for me at o...

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I certainly have a lot of material.

Posted by Rachel J Roche on January 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (1)

My friend Caroline has been telling me for weeks (months even) that my stories from the house I share with my current and "interesting" landlady would make excellent fodder for an actual book. Maybe something akin to Stephen Clarke's novel about his year in, erm, Paris! You probably know the one. Well, I can now exclusively reveal that (no, I don't have a book deal) - however, I am moving apartments! This Saturday to be precise! 


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Happy New Year!

Posted by Rachel J Roche on January 6, 2013 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I have just arrived back in the 5th after spending the most amazing time with my friends and family over Christmas and the New Year. Unfortunately I was a bit poorly at the start of the holidays but having made sure I’m stocked up with vitamins and vegetables, I should now be fine now (fingers crossed!). The RER from the airport tonight was so much better than when I departed on the 20th December – this time there was no strike thank goodness and it was plain sailing. On the way o...

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Posted by Rachel J Roche on December 17, 2012 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Strasbourg was pretty good! We all got back yesterday having taken the TGV from Paris Gare de l’Est. It took only about 2 and a half hours to get there and, despite the heavy rain, it was actually not as cold as Paris has been these last few days. After all the talk of wrapping up warm and making sure we wear seven jumpers, I actually didn’t even need my scarf!


We got into Strasbourg after lunch and checked straight into the hotel before setting off on the tram...

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