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Disabled lawyers “face daily discrimination”

24 January 2020

Disabled lawyers face both overt and ‘unconscious’ discrimination on a daily basis, such as “rituals, practices and attitudes that exclude or undermine them”, according to research published today.

Chambers introduces mandatory “anti-oppression” training

23 January 2020

A London chambers has made it compulsory for all members to attend “anti-oppression” sessions covering the range of protected characteristics.

LawCare callers complaining about bullying double

22 January 2020

The lawyers’ welfare charity LawCare has reported an upsurge in the number of callers complaining about bullying, with reports almost doubling last year.

Firm’s web-surfing employee loses dismissal challenge

17 January 2020

A long-serving staff member at a national law firm who rowed with a colleague and had an “unacceptable” level of personal internet use has lost an unfair dismissal challenge.

‘Emotional competency for lawyers’ course launched

16 January 2020

Legal mental health and wellbeing charity LawCare has teamed up with the Open University to launch an online resource on emotional competency and professional resilience.

Court wellbeing protocol targets ‘last minute’ culture

14 January 2020

Birmingham Family Court will today introduce a wellbeing protocol which aims to end a ‘last minute’ work culture that increases stress on practitioners outside of work hours.

Barrister blogger says colleagues can be “prats on social media”

9 January 2020

A leading barrister blogger has blasted her own colleagues at the Bar for “being prats on social media” who “trash our reputation”.

Legaltech platforms receive vote of confidence from investors

9 January 2020

The transformation of legal contracts into technology-boosted “dynamic modular agreements” has caught the attention of a major investor, which has ploughed $5m (£3.8m) into lawtech start-up Juro.

Tribunal overturns unfair dismissal ruling against partner

8 January 2020

An employment tribunal has ruled that it was wrong to uphold an unfair dismissal claim against a partner in a law firm closed down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

“Minor error” dooms senior clerk’s unfair dismissal claim

7 January 2020

A senior clerk at a London barristers’ chambers cannot bring an unfair dismissal claim because of a “minor error” meaning that it was out of time.

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24 January 2020

GDPR: Top UK law firms falling victim to human error

Nearly half (48%) of the top 150 law firms have reported data breaches since the GDPR came into force in May 2018. And, of those breaches, 41% were a result of emailing the wrong person.

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