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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.

Profession needs “healthier” approach to alcohol

6 January 2020

The profession needs to create a healthier culture around alcohol, including never asking people at events why they are not drinking, the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division has urged.

Suspended in-house solicitor wins injunction to return to work

23 December 2019

An in-house solicitor has won an injunction allowing her to return to work at an NHS trust after a judge found it “strongly arguable” that she had been unreasonably suspended.

SRA gives up on major indemnity insurance reform

19 December 2019

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has ended a controversial five-year project to reform the professional indemnity insurance regime, meaning the minimum level of cover will not be cut to £500,000.

Partnership “validly kept alive” to avoid pension liability

13 December 2019

A law firm that incorporated its business but kept the partnership alive solely to frustrate a retired partner’s pension entitlement has defeated that partner’s claim in the High Court.

Call for “real inclusion” rather than tick boxes at the Bar

12 December 2019

The Bar should focus on “real inclusion” and “actionable, practical steps” to improve diversity rather than tick boxes, a black barrister and human rights activist has argued.

Hale: Gender-biased instructions holding back female barristers

11 December 2019

Women not being instructed in the best cases and “traditional assumptions about who gets what sort of judging job” are the main reasons for there being relatively few in the senior judiciary, Lady Hale has argued.

Legal sector to shed thousands of jobs in coming years

10 December 2019

The legal services sector is to shed 13,000 jobs in the decade to 2027 – with a further 22,000 at risk if technology brings radical change to the workforce, research for the Law Society has predicted.

Moving home using just an app comes a step closer

6 December 2019

A start-up aiming to give home buyers access to all the information on their move via an app is set to launch a pilot with several leading software providers – and through them law firms.

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