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.

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.

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.

Law firm wrong to make solicitor pay for training course

5 December 2019

A law firm made an unlawful deduction of wages when it took £1,700 from the salary of a sacked solicitor turned office manager to cover the cost of a training course, an employment judge has ruled.

STaRs and SQE “will drastically increase supply of lawyers”

4 December 2019

The combination of the new Standards and Regulations and the Solicitors Qualifying Exam “will drastically increase the supply of lawyers”, the European head of Rocket Lawyer has predicted.

Online law school bursts onto scene for SQE

28 November 2019

An online-only law school entered the market yesterday to deliver the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination, with heavyweight backing from leading academics and lawyers.

Pre-92 universities lead way with BPTC pass-rates

26 November 2019

The pre-1992 universities achieve the best results in the centralised exams taken by students on the Bar Professional Training Course, it has emerged.

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