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Women worry about impact of menopause on hitting billing targets

28 September 2020

Female solicitors undergoing the menopause have expressed concern about the impact it can have on meeting their billing targets, with firms urged to do more to understand the symptoms and their effects.

Crime firm launches with innovative stop and search app

28 September 2020

A new specialist criminal law firm has launched with a stop and search app that allows users to record their interaction with the police and automatically uploads it to the cloud.

“Partnership penalty” of lower socio-economic background laid bare

25 September 2020

Solicitors from lower socio-economic backgrounds take around 18 months longer to reach partner at major City law firms than those from higher ones, a major study has concluded.

BSB: Bar students’ results “broadly in line” with the average

25 September 2020

The early signs are that the performance of Bar students in last month’s controversial exams was “broadly in line” with the average, the Bar Standards Board said yesterday.

Students “could save up to £38k” by qualifying with SQE

24 September 2020

Students could save as much as £38,000 when qualifying as a solicitor following the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination next September, a report has estimated.

Law Commission targets smart contracts and digital assets

22 September 2020

The Law Commission has launched new projects to ensure that English law can accommodate smart contracts and digital assets.

SQE decision delayed as legal academics urge rejection

21 September 2020

The decision on whether to approve the Solicitors Qualifying Examination has been delayed amid a call from groups representing more than 4,000 legal academics to reject it.

City giant throws weight behind domestic abuse helpline

21 September 2020

City giant Hogan Lovells has endorsed the launch of a charity’s government-backed advice line to help employers support staff experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse.

Get ready for impact of blockchain, lawyers told

21 September 2020

Blockchain and associated distributed ledger technologies will storm the world of international commerce, boosted by the Covid-19 pandemic, new guidance for lawyers has predicted.

SME legal services platform goes global after City law firm invests

17 September 2020

An online legal services platform for SMEs is offering its clients access to lawyers around the world following a “significant” investment from a City law firm, it has emerged.

Law Society’s “sympathy” with indemnity insurers’ frustrations

17 September 2020

The Law Society has expressed sympathy with professional indemnity insurers over their call for the right to cancel policies when solicitors do not pay the premium or excess.

Female Australian lawyers face “high levels” of sexual harassment

15 September 2020

The Australian state of Victoria has launched a review into sexual harassment in the legal profession following a “deeply disturbing” survey that found that a majority women had faced it.

Demand for fraud partners “to rise dramatically” after pandemic

11 September 2020

Demand for partners who specialise in white collar crime will increase just as dramatically after the pandemic as it did after the financial crisis in 2008, a report has predicted.

Covid knock-on puts future pupillage numbers under pressure

8 September 2020

The number of chambers delaying pupillages that were due to start this month or next is likely to have a knock-on effect on the supply of places until 2022, the Bar Standards Board said today.

AI contract review innovator raises $10m

8 September 2020

AI contract review specialist ThoughtRiver has secured a $10m (£7.5m) investment from venture capitalists to expand its presence around the world, with extra spending in the US and South-East Asia.

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