Practice points

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.

Firms “putting profit ahead of lawyers’ mental health”

23 April 2019

The cultures of some law firms and other legal workplaces mean that well-being is “often not a concern” while they chase increased profits, researchers have found.

Barristers told: Don’t be so negative with colleagues

18 April 2019

Barristers have been urged to be less negative in their dealings with colleagues as they may be damaging the profession’s wellbeing – particular of junior counsel.

Solicitor fails in libel claim over treatment of clients

17 April 2019

A solicitor has failed in a libel action against the consultant of another law firm over comments made about her and her practice on Facebook.

Law firm has “no real prospect” of defending £5.2m claim

16 April 2019

A London law firm has “no real prospect” of defending a £5.2m breach of trust claim brought against it following a London property deal, the High Court has ruled.

Union rallies lawyers to fight “poverty pay” in legal sector

16 April 2019

The legal sector is “riddled with poverty pay and huge wage inequality and junior workers are bearing the brunt”, a trade union has claimed as it bids to attract members from across the legal sector

Ex-Simmons partner “must bring discrimination claim in France”

15 April 2019

A former equity partner at leading City firm Simmons & Simmons has failed in her second attempt to have claims of race and sex discrimination heard in England and Wales.

Wellbeing course aims to help lawyers “work sensibly”

15 April 2019

A pioneering online wellbeing course has been launched to encourage lawyers to “work sensibly” and avoid becoming “so stressed out they can’t cope”. It is the first course of its kind aimed specifically at lawyers.

The Sun forced to correct “damaging” Leigh Day story

12 April 2019

The Independent Press Standards Organisation has upheld in part a complaint made by Leigh Day against The Sun over its coverage of the disciplinary case brought against the firm.

Mid-sized law firms recording solid growth, major survey finds

12 April 2019

Last year saw solid real-terms growth for mid-sized law firms, with median growth of 4.2% the result of increased fee income rather than simply more fee-earners, new figures have shown.

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18 April 2019

Protectionism: Is it really all that bad?

So we are about to launch head first in to another great legal services experiment. Away with all those restrictive practices that successive governments consider so heinous. All hail innovation and market forces.

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