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Pathways for future lawyers: The SQE set in context

In 2013 Becky Huxley-Binns charted the path into legal practice of three children who passed their GCSEs in 2000 and tried to predict what the …

General election 2017: 54% backing for Labour in THE poll

More than half of UK university staff will vote Labour in the country’s general election next week, according to a <i>Times Higher Education</i> survey.<p>In an …

How virtual reality technology is changing the way students learn

Michael Phillips, <i>Monash University</i><p>For many years, schools and universities have had to change the way they work and teach in order to fit in with …

BSB to review training role of Inns of Court

2 June 2017<p>Inns of Court: arrangements need to be necessary and proportionate<p>The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to review the role of the Inns of Court …

Tory immigration target risks ‘legal brain drain’

The Conservative government’s manifesto pledge to reduce immigration to the ‘tens of thousands’ may increase emigration and risks a ‘legal brain …

The reality of taking the CILEx route: ‘I work just as hard as a solicitor for less money and less respect’

An anonymous trainee legal exec thinks attitudes to the apprenticeship need to change<p>When you say to people that you’re training to be a lawyer, they …

Millennials generation "ushers in era of demanding clients and responsive lawyers"

Millennials generation “ushers in era of demanding clients and responsive lawyers”<p>25 May 2017<p>Furlong: millennials replacing baby boomers<p>The …

Two Russell Group universities drop out of Guardian University Guide 2018 top 20 places to study law

Two Russell Group universities have dropped out of the top 20 places to study law in this year’s Guardian University Guide, but the overall picture …

Solicitors Qualifying Examination will be of lower quality than the GDL and LPC, and may lead to more costs for students, says University of Law

The new centralised ‘super exam’ for qualifying solicitors which will replace the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course (LPC) does not …

Blockchain technology will be "game changer" in conveyancing

Blockchain technology will be “game changer” in conveyancing<p>26 April 2017<p>Pennington: smart contracts could prevent gazumping<p>Blockchain-backed ‘smart …

Solicitors Qualifying Exam: Law lecturers and academics label SRA “disingenuous” over reporting of concerns raised about ‘super exam’

The Association of Law Teachers (ALT) has criticised the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) over the regulator’s “disingenuous” reporting of the …

Government heeds concerns over stamp duty reform

The government has agreed to go back to the drawing board over proposed reforms to the way it collects stamp duty land tax following consistent …

'Not a single client satisfied' - report exposes how law firms fall short

New research claims to have unearthed ‘unambiguous evidence’ of a flagrant disconnect between large law firms and their clients.<p>Clients said they …

SRA-backed report: SQE "risks creating tiered system" that favours privileged students

SRA-backed report: SQE “risks creating tiered system” that favours privileged students<p>28 March 2017<p>Brannan: SQE proposals not magic bullet<p>There is a …

Online marketplace targets "hundreds" of law students to become paid-for McKenzie Friends

Online marketplace targets “hundreds” of law students to become paid-for McKenzie Friends<p>23 March 2017<p>Matcham: better to have a McKenzie Friend than …

Rolls Building to be rebranded ‘Business and Property Courts’

New arrangements allow for more flexible cross-deployment of judgesPractice Area: PropertyCommercialIntellectual property

Brexit

Clients are drawn to the advice more than the adviser, says Susskind

13 March 2017<p>Susskind: conservative response by lawyers<p>The days of lawyers as trusted advisers are numbered because their a reliable outcome to their …

CILEx launches bid to recruit law graduate paralegals

8 March 2017<p>Squires: first stand-alone campaign to recruit associates<p>The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) has launched a campaign to …

Top degree ‘no longer employment guarantee’

Academic results, including a first-class honours degree, are one of the least significant factors for businesses looking to recruit graduates, a …

Education

LSB and SRA accused of putting too much emphasis on competition

28 February 2017<p>Passmore: current rules out of step with diversity of the market<p>Both the Legal Services Board (LSB) and the Solicitors Regulation …

Students to be offered university degrees over two years

Students studying in the UK will now be offered two-year degrees under plans outlined by education ministers on Friday.<p>Universities will now be given the option of providing fast-track courses, enabling them to raise tuition fees upwards of £13,000 a year.<p>The new degrees would mean that students …

Higher Education

Bar is male, pale and privately educated – and it will take women 50 years to catch up

Nearly nine out of ten barrister QCs are men and on current trends the women silks who will help achieve parity have yet to be born, latest diversity …

Diversity

SQE process ‘fundamentally flawed’

Regulator proceeding on the basis of faith rather than evidencePractice Management: Education & TrainingRegulationRegulators

Education

‘Para-law’ firm boasts of bypassing solicitors

A legal services company has set up what it claims to be the UK’s first ‘para-law firm’, in which most of the work is handed to paralegals.<p>LCM, which …

Lawyer develops customised computer keyboard for frustrated legal professionals

A new keyboard designed just for lawyers is designed to take the multi-click frustration out of inserting section symbols into legal briefs.<p>The …

The new laws coming in this year that you should know about

Jobs, pay, smoking and motoring will all see changes this year, with a raft of new laws being brought in by the government. Some made headlines while …

Lord Chief Justice looks ahead to AI predicting case outcomes and IT taking over some of lawyers' work

Lord Chief Justice looks ahead to AI predicting case outcomes and IT taking over some of lawyers’ work<p>23 December 2016<p>Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd: Urgent …

Solicitor apprenticeships: North East firms collaborate; Charles Russell Speechlys gets hiring

<p>A group of firms in the North East have teamed up to develop a collaborative approach to promoting legal apprenticeships in schools. Meanwhile, …

London

Legal sector work experience beneficial for would-be solicitors - Today's Conveyancer

Experience in a range of work-based environments can assist development of important competences for aspiring solicitors, according to …