Law firm “sacked staff member by WhatsApp”, tribunal finds

22 May 2019

A law firm sacked its administrator by sending him a brief WhatsApp message – and then backdated his P45 to support an argument that he was actually fired earlier, an employment tribunal has found.

British lawyers more likely to be bullied, global survey finds

15 May 2019

British lawyers are more likely to be bullied in the workplace than their colleagues elsewhere in the world, the largest ever global study of bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession has found.

Groups join forces to launch #SupportingSolicitors campaign

13 May 2019

A new campaign, #SupportingSolicitors, has been launched to promote the help available to solicitors facing professional and personal challenges. It goes live today at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Inns of Court to re-enter training market with new Bar course

10 May 2019

The Inns of Court are to re-enter the student training market and become the first to unveil plans to deliver the new Bar training course at a price 30% cheaper than the current BPTC as it is not-for-profit.

McFarlane eyes national wellbeing standards for family lawyers

10 May 2019

A national template of working practices in the family courts – dealing with issues such as how late lawyers can email each other – could be developed to protect their wellbeing, a top judge has said.

Firm that made staff redundant by text “broke law”

9 May 2019

A law firm that made its staff redundant by text message has been ordered by an employment tribunal to make a protective award of 90 days’ pay to one of them.

Tribunal rejects law firm’s bid to strike out disability claim

2 May 2019

An employment tribunal has said it would be “wholly inappropriate” to strike out a disability discrimination claim against a law firm from a legal secretary suffering from depression.

Whistleblowing law firm chief fairly dismissed, tribunal rules

26 April 2019

The chief executive of a high-profile law firm was not fired because he blew the whistle on financial problems at the practice, an employment tribunal has ruled.

Small firm solicitors “highly stressed but enjoying their jobs”

24 April 2019

A majority of solicitors at small and medium-sized firms have high stress levels and most believe it is a “major issue” for the profession, a survey has found.

Law firm “can recoup outlay” from apprentice who quit early

23 April 2019

A law firm is entitled to recoup the money it spent training an apprentice who broke an agreement to stay at the firm for a year after completing his course, an employment tribunal has ruled.

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