HR/Training

Law Society and CBA float prosecution and defence career option to tackle criminal lawyer shortage

Angela Rafferty QC

The Law Society and the Criminal Bar Association are discussing the possibility of a new career path for criminal lawyers involving both defence and prosecution work, it has emerged, after the CBA chair warned of the “decimation” of both the criminal Bar and the solicitors’ profession if no action was taken to tackle an “unprecedented recruitment crisis”.

February 21st, 2018

Accounts clerk wins unfair dismissal claim against law firm after false harassment allegation

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An accounts clerk at a west London law firm who faced false allegations of sexually harassing a fellow employee – who was the daughter of the owner – has won his claim of unfair constructive dismissal. After winning his claim first time around, he won it again on a reconsideration of the question of whether he had affirmed the firm’s breaches.

February 7th, 2018

City solicitor loses argument with taxman over £215k payment made to ex-firm’s bank

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A City law firm partner who had to pay £215,000 to settle his debt to the bank of his former firm, which had gone bust, was not able to deduct it from his earnings at his new firm for tax purposes, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

February 5th, 2018

Lawyers showing “greater awareness of mental health” as helpline calls rise

Elizabeth Rimmer LawCare

An increase in the number of callers to mental health charity LawCare is a sign of “greater awareness”, its chief executive has said. Workplace stress was cited as the main reason for contacting to LawCare by 27% of callers, followed by depression (17%), disciplinary concerns (8%) and anxiety (7%).

January 31st, 2018

Ex-Shoosmiths employee awarded damages for PA’s “immigrants go home” comment

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A Nigerian-born former administrative assistant at leading national firm Shoosmiths has been awarded damages for harassment after another member of staff standing by her desk said that “struggling immigrants should go back to their country”. But her other claims of discrimination and victimisation were rejected.

January 30th, 2018

Court of Appeal allows ‘whistleblowing’ managing partner to sue former firm for £3.4m

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The ex-managing partner of a well-known law firm has won the right to sue his former firm for £3.4m under whistleblowing law. Andrew Roberts claims that he was constructively dismissed by the other partners of Salisbury practice Wilsons.

January 29th, 2018

Lack of jurisdiction ends former Simmons & Simmons partner’s discrimination claim

Colin Passmore

An employment tribunal has rejected claims of race and sex discrimination by a former equity partner of leading City firm Simmons & Simmons because the events complained of took place in Paris and so outside of its jurisdiction.

January 22nd, 2018

“Disconnect” between how firms assess and pay lawyers, report finds

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There is a worrying “disconnect” between the factors that law firms consider most important in driving growth of their firms and the way their lawyers are paid, a report has found. The report found that firms were “telling their staff that client satisfaction and recovery rates are important, but will have no bearing on the staff’s remuneration”.

January 17th, 2018

Law Society to introduce training quality committee in wake of setbacks

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The Law Society is to launch a new ‘quality and standards in education’ committee, after a year in which its training arrangements have come under sustained pressure. It is also investigating whether to reintroduce student membership and has issued guidance on when law firms should tell trainees whether they have a job post admission.

January 12th, 2018

Law Society embarrassed again after JR threat forces climbdown over training endorsement

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The Law Society has been forced to withdraw from an exclusive deal to endorse a training partner for the qualified lawyers transfer scheme (QLTS) after facing a judicial review from another provider, in the latest major stumble by the body that represents solicitors.

January 8th, 2018