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City law firms sign race recruitment pledge

7 July 2020

A group of 17 City law firms, including seven of the top 10, have signed a ‘race fairness commitment’ to improve recruitment and retention of black, Asian and minority ethnic lawyers.


Covid-19 “will change law firm offices forever”

6 July 2020

A global law firm has predicted that as many as 80% of its workforce will remain transient or permanently working from home after Covid-19, with only around a fifth being full-time office workers.


GCs: Covid-19 has showcased lawyers’ adaptability

2 July 2020

Many aspects of the adaptability shown by lawyers during the Covid-19 crisis should stand them in good stead in future dealings with clients, it has been claimed.


Top female lawyers’ careers squeezed by bias and harassment

1 July 2020

The role of discrimination on the part of both general counsel and clients in disadvantaging female lawyers was revealed yesterday by a survey on improving diversity at partner level in law firms.


“Relax apprenticeship levy rules” to help law firms

30 June 2020

The Law Society has called on the government to allow firms to use the apprenticeship levy more flexibly than now to create new jobs and retrain staff as part of the support needed in the wake of Covid-19.


Apprenticeships “not working for the disadvantaged”

26 June 2020

Workers from disadvantaged backgrounds are being left behind by the apprenticeship system, including in the law, with numbers slumping by more than a third since the apprenticeship levy was introduced.


SRA to launch project on BAME student underachievement

19 June 2020

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to begin a multi-year project to increase understanding of why Black, Asian and minority ethnic students perform worse than white students.


Tribunal strikes out “vexatious” claims against leading firm

18 June 2020

A former employee of national law firm Shoosmiths – who won damages for harassment back in 2017 – has had a string of further claims thrown out, with a tribunal branding them vexatious.


Society warns firms over staff refusing to return to office

18 June 2020

It is not clear whether staff can refuse to come into work or decide to leave a workplace if they think it’s unsafe because of Covid-19, the Law Society has told law firms.


In-house training institute aims to transform “digital laggards”

16 June 2020

A not-for-profit training institute for in-house lawyers is aiming to transform those often portrayed by other staff as “digital laggards” into digital leaders.


Sweary senior partner wins damages reassessment

12 June 2020

An employment tribunal has been ordered to reconsider the £47,000 in damages that it awarded to a paralegal subjected to foul-mouthed tirades by the senior partner of a London law firm.


Most Scottish solicitors report mental health problems

9 June 2020

Most solicitors and their staff north of the border have experienced mental health problems, a major survey by the Law Society of Scotland and mental health charity See Me has found.


SRA to press ahead with launch of SQE in autumn 2021

8 June 2020

The Covid-19 crisis will not stop the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam in September 2021, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said as it published the exam’s final design.


“You get noticed” – being a BAME female lawyer

2 June 2020

There are “real pros and cons” to being a solicitor from a black and minority ethnic (BAME) background, a senior regulatory lawyer has said.


Crisis gives firms “platform to accelerate change”

27 May 2020

The coronavirus crisis has given law firms a “platform to accelerate change” in promoting equality, the chief operating officer of Bristol-based law firm Burges Salmon has said.

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