Legal profession part of the problem as commission says social mobility is getting worse

Alan Milburn

Privately educated people still dominate the legal profession, with barriers to entry for those from less affluent backgrounds are even more acute at the Bar than among solicitors, the Social Mobility Commission said yesterday.

November 17th, 2016

ULaw forced to stop calling itself “UK’s leading law school”

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The University of Law is to stop claiming that it is the “leading” law school in the UK in the wake of a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority. The watchdog upheld a complaint about an advert published by ULaw after finding the evidence supplied by the university incompatible with such a claim.

November 16th, 2016

Truss throws down gauntlet to profession on diversity as she plans more routes to bench

Liz Truss

There need to be more women and ethnic minorities at senior levels of law firms and taking silk, the Lord Chancellor said yesterday as she pledged action to “force the pace of change” in improving diversity in the legal profession. She announced new measures to encourage experienced lawyers from all fields – and especially solicitors – to seek senior judicial roles.

November 10th, 2016

Tribunal starts hearing competition law action brought against Law Society

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The Competition Appeal Tribunal will today begin hearing a training provider’s claim that the Law Society acted anti-competitively by requiring law firms to buy its own training in order to maintain their Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation.

November 8th, 2016

Employed barristers call for greater recognition of their abilities

Chantal-Aimée Doerries

The majority at the employed Bar “do not feel supported or that their work is recognised”, both by the self-employed Bar and the Bar Council, research released yesterday by the latter has found. It said employed barristers enjoyed financial security, with average salaries around the £70,000 mark.

November 4th, 2016

Specialist employee ownership firm becomes ABS to extend its own employee ownership

Postlethwaite Solicitors team

A niche law firm specialising purely in employee ownership has become an alternative business structure to extend its own scheme to non-lawyers. The firm, a limited company, was one of the first in the country to introduce employee ownership four years ago.

November 1st, 2016

Time to take competence seriously as new CPD regime kicks off

Yehuda Solomont VinciWorks

Law firms are being encouraged to get their act together now and come to terms with the new continuing professional development (CPD) regime for solicitors, which comes into force today. Firms can no longer choose to keep the old hours-based approach.

November 1st, 2016

SQE will become part of law degrees and make LPC “redundant”


Some universities will incorporate the first stage of the proposed Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) into their law degrees, the education and training director of the Solicitors Regulation Authority has predicted. She said this would make the legal practice course redundant.

October 28th, 2016

Lawyers and firms flock to app that cuts out legal recruiters

Henry Allan

A ‘disruptive’ legal recruitment app backed by investment from a commercial law firm has signed up thousands of lawyers and dozens of law firms in its first five months, and has just launched in Australia too. It aims to connect legal employers and lawyers without the need for middlemen.

October 26th, 2016

Law schools urged to reconsider how they prepare students for practice amid concerns about ethics

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More than one in five law students polled in the UK and the US admit that they would falsify time records for personal and business gain, according to a study of student ethics. Meanwhile, female law students tend to think more in ethical terms than men.

October 25th, 2016