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Kathryn Newton The College of Legal Practice

SQE Focus – What is Qualifying Work Experience?

Practical training has long been a part of the route to qualifying as a solicitor. The idea is that real life experience of providing legal services is essential to acquire the necessary skills for practice. Such training has had various names, most recently ‘period of recognised training, before that ‘training contract, before that, ‘articles of clerkship’ and in its latest guise, ‘Qualifying work experience’ or QWE as it is widely known. Whatever it’s been called, it has been necessary to complete a period of practical training in order to satisfy the regulatory requirements for entry to the roll of solicitors. 

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Are we just paying lip service to positive change in the property industry?

The impact of covid-19 has been felt across the world, but the full extent to which this has actually moved the dial on bringing much-needed change to the property transaction has yet to be seen.

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Probate platform Exizent launches instant Estate Discovery functionality

Legal technology firm Exizent has announced the launch of automated estate discovery process for solicitors through its partnership with Experian, one of the world’s leading global information services company. 

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The 10 laws of LinkedIn: Best practices for legal professionals

LinkedIn is a social media platform built on the values of personality and professionalism, which is what makes it perfect for any aspiring law firm to stamp its mark on an increasingly competitive digital world. It can help you find new clients, advertise your business and search for talented new hires all under one roof, and all for free. But although around 94% of lawyers are using LinkedIn, not all of them are using it well. That’s why we’ve put together the Ten Laws of LinkedIn, so that you can do it better.

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Why it’s time for lawyers to part with paper

Lawyers do not become legal practitioners to do paperwork, but when managing heavy workloads, it can sometimes be hard to think about innovation and adopting new processes. This can lead to frustrations as a result of inefficient practices that impact service delivery and slow down transaction times. Covid-19 has only served to aggravate the pitfalls of a paper-based way of working.

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Bishu Solomon Girma, Head of Customer Service at Access Legal

Access Legal drives customer-first strategy with significant new appointment

Law technology specialist Access Legal is continuing to champion customer centricity in the legal market, announcing the appointment of a new Head of Customer Success. Bishu Solomon Girma joins Access Legal with over a decade’s international experience in the legal… Read More

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House prices lose momentum, but no sign of pre-pandemic price correction

Average UK house prices grew by 8% over the year to July 2021, down from 13.1% in June, with the average price of £256,000 standing £19,000 higher than a year earlier.

Read More partners with Comentis to support legal professionals in the assessment of mental capacity, the UK’s leading provider of expert digital solutions for the private client and estate planning industry, has today announced its partnership with Comentis, a new technology provider that helps legal professionals identify reduced mental capacity.

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Success in-house – what people don’t tell you about how to get there

TV dramas have made many people think that the legal profession consists of heroes (or villains) in high-flying firms or public prosecution. In reality, nearly a quarter of solicitors work in-house.