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Law firms set to tumble down Google rankings as update looms

29 March 2021

A lot of law firms are set to suffer a major ranking penalty from Google because of their failure to prepare for an update to the search results algorithm, research has warned.


Wide LPC attainment gap based on provider and ethnicity

26 March 2021

The disparity between the best and worst legal practice course providers has continued to grow, with the attainment gap for White and BAME students remains stubbornly large.


Law Commission eyes home-buying reform and digital justice projects

26 March 2021

Rethinking the home-buying process – including bringing an end to caveat emptor – and putting digital justice on a firm footing are among projects being considered by the Law Commission.


Lawtech sandbox pilot sparks collaboration ambitions

26 March 2021

There needs to be greater collaboration between lawyers, tech designers, coders and software developers, an event to mark the end of the first phase of the government-backed lawtech sandbox pilot heard last night.


Law Society victimisation claim struck out over volunteer status

25 March 2021

A solicitor has had her claim for victimisation by the Law Society struck out by an employment tribunal on the basis that, as the chair of a committee, she was not an employee or office-holder.


Groundbreaking family barrister wins £50,000 innovation award

24 March 2021

A barrister who co-founded a groundbreaking business that allows separating couples to obtain advice from a single legal expert at any point in the process, has won a £50,000 Women in Innovation award.


Embracing online reviews “changed firm’s culture for the better”

22 March 2021

Embracing online reviews can trigger a positive, service-driven culture change at law firms, the practice director of a leading West Country firm told last week’s Legal Futures webinar.


Solicitor using £50k prize to develop automated advice platform

19 March 2021

A solicitor who won a female innovators award is to put her £50,000 cash prize to building an automated platform that will provide cost-effective legal support to start-ups.


Impact on lawyers of traumatic cases “worsened by pandemic”

15 March 2021

Covid-19, coupled with the savage cuts in legal aid, have greatly added to the vicarious trauma suffered by social justice lawyers from being immersed in clients’ day-to-day problems.


Lawtech boss calls for new approach to contracting

15 March 2021

A new approach to contracts based on legally binding principles of conduct and comprehensive model terms has been put forward by a leading figure in the lawtech community.


CrowdJustice founder raises £5m for spin-out lawtech business

12 March 2021

Lawtech company Legl – set up by the team behind pioneering funding platform CrowdJustice – has raised $7m (£5m) in Series A funding.


Nine-year study to track progress towards gender parity at top of profession

9 March 2021

A nine-year global project to uncover the root causes of the lack of gender parity at the most senior levels of the legal profession has been launched by the International Bar Association.


Women lawyer support networks increasingly involving men

8 March 2021

Men are increasingly being invited to participate in women lawyers’ networks, according to a report into gender-based organisations and a ‘toolkit’ on how to set one up.


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.

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