Crime lawyers call on judges to issue wellbeing protocols

13 August 2019

The chair of the Criminal Bar Association has called on the senior judiciary to extend wellbeing protocols being drafted for the family courts to the criminal jurisdiction.

Firms learn from each other how to be LGBT inclusive

8 August 2019

Law firms have shared details of how being mentored by larger practices has helped them make their workplaces more friendly to LGBT solicitors, staff and clients.

Moorhead savages SQE pilot

7 August 2019

A leading academic has strongly criticised the pilot test of the first stage of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam, saying it “obscures as much as it reveals” and did not meet “basic reporting standards”.

“Confrontational” trainee was not a whistleblower

6 August 2019

A trainee who complained of “a perceived lack of training” a few weeks after starting work at a small Norfolk law firm was not a whistleblower, an employment tribunal has ruled.

SRA considers ditching skills testing from first part of SQE

31 July 2019

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is considering whether to abandon the skills element of the first stage of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam, meaning it would consist entirely of multiple-choice questions.

DWF trainee loses unfair dismissal claim over confidential emails

22 July 2019

A trainee solicitor fired by listed law firm DWF for sharing confidential client information with a friend has failed in her unfair dismissal claim before an employment tribunal.

Government to legislate for legal advice on NDAs

22 July 2019

The government has pledged to change the law to ensure that employees signing non-disclosure agreements receive independent legal advice, and work with the SRA on updated guidance.

Law firm’s NDA under spotlight in tribunal case

17 July 2019

A tribunal was entitled to allow a law firm facing a discrimination claim from a former solicitor to have its say on whether an ex-colleagues should be ordered to give evidence, having signed an NDA.

Firm boss wrongly accused pregnant paralegal of benefit fraud

15 July 2019

A pregnant paralegal wrongly accused of benefit fraud by a leading criminal law solicitor who sits on the Law Society council was the victim of pregnancy and maternity discrimination, a tribunal has ruled.

Rocket Lawyer chief: SQE will “transform access to justice”

12 July 2019

Four times as many law graduates will be able to practise as solicitors after the solicitors qualifying examination comes in in 2021, a move that will be “transformative” for access to the law.

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Mind the gap

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