Mentoring scheme enters first university law school collaboration

2 March 2021

Coventry University’s Law School has become the first faculty to form a collaboration with a fast-growing mentoring programme launched by a trainee solicitor at City giant Allen & Overy.

First cohort of graduate solicitor apprentices start work towards SQE

24 February 2021

Eight graduate solicitor apprentices have started work at defendant firm Keoghs, one of the first law firms to offer this approach, as we round up a host of SQE and other training news.

Managing partner wins disability discrimination claims against firm

19 February 2021

The managing partner of a South Yorkshire law firm has won his claim against the practice for both direct and indirect disability discrimination, as well as a failure to make reasonable adjustments.

Law firms sign up to social mobility and Black interns initiatives

17 February 2021

City law firms are partnering with the Social Mobility Pledge to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, with firms and chambers also signing up to the #10000BlackInterns programme.

Firm made unlawful deductions from consultant solicitor’s pay

15 February 2021

A law firm was not entitled to make deductions from the pay of a consultant solicitor because it was unhappy with the quality of his work, an employment tribunal has ruled.

Solicitor’s warnings of overcharging “could be protected disclosures”

12 February 2021

A solicitor who warned his law firm that it was overcharging a client is to have a second chance to argue that his role was terminated as a result of protected disclosures.

Tribunal reduces damages awarded against sweary senior partner

11 February 2021

An employment tribunal ordered to reconsider the damages it awarded to a paralegal subjected to foul-mouthed tirades by the senior partner of a London law firm has reduced them by 20%.

Parliamentarians hear call for quotas to boost profession’s diversity

5 February 2021

There is a “lead ceiling” hampering the advancement of ethnic minority lawyers to the senior ranks of the profession and quotas are needed to bring about change, parliamentarians have been told.

“Ignorance” the main barrier to law firm EOTs, says newest adopter

4 February 2021

The managing director of the latest law firm to become an employee ownership trust has said the biggest barrier is the “ignorance” of solicitors.

Coca-Cola to penalise outside firms for insufficiently diverse teams

1 February 2021

Drinks giant Coca-Cola is to start penalising its panel law firms with reduced fees if they fail to deliver on diversity commitments, in a shift starting in the US and then expanding globally.

Calls to LawCare about anxiety more than double

28 January 2021

Calls from legal professionals about anxiety more than doubled in 2020, the chief executive of welfare charity LawCare has said – a third of all contacts related to Covid.

Trainee specialist launches scholarships for Black graduates

19 January 2021

Trainee specialist Accutrainee has launched a scholarship programme for Black law graduates to help provide the work experience they need to become solicitors and pay for the SQE.

Pandemic “cut legal job vacancies by 60%”

15 January 2021

The average number of legal jobs posted every month in 2020 was 60% down on the previous year, while applications increased by 53% for each one, a recruitment website has reported.

Tribunal rejects law firm’s second challenge to age discrimination ruling

14 January 2021

An judge has refused a second application from a law firm to reconsider his decision to award a property solicitor damages of £13,200 for age discrimination when he applied for a job with it.

Tribunal finds law firm unfairly dismissed paralegal

11 January 2021

A law firm dismissed a paralegal because he was close to his supervisor, with whom it was in dispute, rather than due to the allegations levied against him, an employment tribunal has ruled.

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