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Bias still hindering women targeting partnership at big firms

25 June 2019

Only 33% of new partners at Europe’s biggest law firms are women with bias from both male colleagues and male clients the main reason for gender imbalance, a report has found.


Legal profession launches pledge to achieve gender equality

20 June 2019

Solicitors, barristers and chartered legal executives, supported by Lord Chancellor David Gauke, have launched a pledge to “achieve gender equality in senior ranks of the profession”.


Women lawyers face uphill struggle on fees and salaries

19 June 2019

Some clients expect discounts on fees for using a female lawyer while women who push for higher salaries are likely to be labelled “aggressive”, a global survey by the Law Society has found. The report concluded that quotas could help… Read More


Firm awarded costs over paralegal’s “dishonest” disability claim

18 June 2019

A law firm which faced a disability discrimination claim from a paralegal found to have doctored a document used to bolster his case has been awarded costs.


Judge tells law firm and ex-partner to sort out dispute in arbitration

14 June 2019

The High Court has told well-known law firm Schillings and a former partner to sort out their ongoing dispute over his departure through arbitration.


Large firms “need to change culture” to attract Millennial lawyers

11 June 2019

Large law firms need to reshape their culture to meet the demands of Millennial lawyers, a new report has argued, with Cherie Blair QC arguing that there was a “desperate need” for this shift.


High Court rejects appeal by couple jailed for harassing judge

29 May 2019

The High Court has rejected an appeal by a couple jailed for harassing the family judge who heard their “contentious litigation” over an adoption. They made it clear they had personal information about her.


Wills firm embraces four-day week for all staff

28 May 2019

A wills and probate business in Plymouth has made headlines by becoming one of the first to embrace the embryonic trend of switching staff to a four-day week.


Survey: recruitment fears head mid-sized firms’ concerns

28 May 2019

Recruiting and retaining talent is the top priority among mid-sized law firms, ahead of efficiency and financial performance, according to a benchmark survey of preoccupations as they devise strategy.


Law firm “sacked staff member by WhatsApp”, tribunal finds

22 May 2019

A law firm sacked its administrator by sending him a brief WhatsApp message – and then backdated his P45 to support an argument that he was actually fired earlier, an employment tribunal has found.

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26 June 2019

In conversation with a diversity and inclusion specialist

Most businesses have got challenges around their gender pay gaps. Some are still viewing the process as simply being a yearly reporting requirement, and are not really looking at the effects.

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