Survey predicts partnerships out, ABS in


Most lawyers expect the law firm partnership model to wither over the next decade, as the legal services market embraces alternative business structures and technology, while ditching hourly billing – according to a new survey.

October 14th, 2016

Law degree “not a particularly good training” for the law, Supreme Court justice says

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Lord Sumption, the outspoken Supreme Court justice, has said he regrets the “growing tendency of would-be lawyers to devote themselves to the study of law from the age of eighteen”. In an ideal world, law should only be offered as a second degree as “the study of a different subject at a formative time of one’s life” was “personally enriching”.

October 12th, 2016

Law Society survey finds 20% pay gap between male and female solicitors

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A gender gap in salaries continues to dog the solicitors’ profession, with men earning on average almost a fifth more than women, according to an earnings survey conducted by the Law Society. Meanwhile, a niche City law firm that shares its profit among all staff has paid out more than the equivalent of a year’s salary to every employee in four years.

September 21st, 2016

CILEx urges end to discrimination against non-university qualified lawyers

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The body representing chartered legal executives has called on the profession to end discrimination against lawyers who have qualified through non-university routes and open up the senior judiciary to those entered the law by alternative means.

August 15th, 2016

Solicitor loses appeal against damages awarded to female LPC student for discrimination

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A law firm and solicitor found to have sexually discriminated against a student who worked there for six weeks have lost their appeal against the £14,000 award for injury to feelings. In her interview, the solicitor “jokingly” asked her to marry him, and commented on her figure.

August 10th, 2016

Chambers urged to shape up on diversity as discrimination claims rise

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Chambers are seeing more grievances over discriminatory treatment by both employees and members, according to solicitors who advise them on dealing with their equality and diversity obligations. They said diversity presents a “particular challenge to chambers largely as a result of their unique business structure.

August 1st, 2016

Former partner loses age discrimination appeal over firm restructure


The Employment Appeal Tribunal has dismissed an appeal against a decision that a top-100 regional law firm was not guilty of age discrimination against one of its partners, after he was not offered a new partnership when it restructured.

July 29th, 2016

Tribunal allows paralegal’s discrimination claim against law firm to continue

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A paralegal’s claim of disability discrimination after he was sacked by a law firm was wrongly struck out, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled. However, HHJ David Richardson said that Leicester firm Bond Adams had a strong case.

July 19th, 2016

DAS Law launches graduate academy as staff numbers top 200

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DAS Law – the alternative business structure set up by the eponymous legal expenses insurer – is launching a pioneering graduate academy for “lawyers of the future”, with the first six recruits starting next month. Staff numbers at the firm have doubled to around 220 since it was created in 2013.

May 6th, 2016

Solicitors and barristers “gearing up” for new era of CPD without the need to collect points

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Almost half of law firms have already moved to the new approach of ‘continuing competence’ that no longer includes collecting CPD points – nearly six months ahead of it becoming compulsory.Meanwhile, the Bar Standards Board has announced that similar CPD regime for barristers will go live in January 2017.

April 22nd, 2016