Labour promises Bar training overhaul as part of legal reforms

26 November 2018

A Labour government will reform barristers’ training by putting it back in the hands of the Inns of Court and ending the “profiteering” by commercial providers, Baroness Chakrabarti has said.

Training review professors criticise “rudimentary” SQE

21 November 2018

The four lead researchers behind the Legal Education and Training Review, which paved the way for radical changes in legal education, have criticised the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

Law firm pays £20,000 compensation for unfair dismissal

16 November 2018

A law firm accounts clerk who faced false allegations of sexually harassing a fellow employee has accepted damages of £20,000 after winning his claim of unfair constructive dismissal.

City firm did not unfairly dismiss employee, tribunal rules

9 November 2018

City firm DAC Beachcroft acted with “conspicuous good faith” when dealing with a pregnant employee facing redundancy, a tribunal has ruled.

SQE “will increase inequality and deter working class students”

9 November 2018

The idea that the Solicitors Qualifying Examination will improve diversity is false and instead it will have “devastating effects” on many individuals, two academics have claimed.

SQE to be introduced in autumn 2021

8 November 2018

The Solicitors Qualifying Examination – the new way that solicitors will qualify – will be launched in autumn 2021, with the candidate fee likely to range between £3,000 and £4,500.

Gauke urges profession to push further on diversity

7 November 2018

The legal profession has “a real opportunity to blaze a trail” on diversity, the Lord Chancellor said today. David Gauke said women at the very top of the profession should be the norm.

Multiple choice in SQE ‘better than people think’

2 October 2018

Multiple choice questions will enhance the Solicitors Qualifying Examination if done well, according to the person charged with designing it.

Third of Scottish solicitors “have faced threats or actual violence”

17 September 2018

A third of Scottish solicitors have been victims of violence or threatening behaviour in connection with their work, according to an “alarmed” Law Society of Scotland.

Solicitor not entitled to “guaranteed basic salary” of £40,000

11 September 2018

An employment tribunal has rejected claims by a solicitor that he was entitled to a “guaranteed basic salary” of £40,000 and found instead that he was working on a commission basis.

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18 February 2019
John Espley LEAP

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