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Common entrance exams and the SQE: the wrong story

The SQE is the Solicitors Qualifying Exam in England and Wales. It’s an example of a common entrance examination, something a number of legal …

Education

Law Society targets education revolution with new partnerships

Chancery Lane wants to reshape the market in the runup to the ’super-exam’ in 2020

Education

Global reputation of solicitor brand prompts new training partnership

The importance of upholding England and Wales' reputation as the leading jurisdiction for businesses in the post-Brexit era has prompted the Law …

Education

Law Society launches training partnership with BARBRI to protect international reputation of solicitor brand

<p>The Law Society has partnered with international legal training provider BARBRI to provide preparation courses to foreign lawyers planning to …

Education

University of Law launches new solicitor apprenticeship programme

<p>The University of Law has launched a new solicitor apprenticeship programme, designed to strengthen its partnerships with both employers and …

Education

BSB training plans could curb role of Inns – including compulsory dinners – and end 12-month term for pupillages

4 October 2017<p>Macleod: Rules need to be fit for purpose for the long term<p>A drastic reduction in the role of the Inns of Court in the training of …

Education

Is abolishing tuition fees regressive? It depends how it’s done

England’s current system of fees and loans is unlikely to survive for long. The Labour Party is committed to outright abolition; for the Tories, …

Pricing Legal Work is a Two-Way Street

In any market, effectively pricing any goods or services requires an understanding of the buyer’s perceived value. When the buyer has no idea of the …

Government propose ban on leasehold houses - Today's Conveyancer

The government have proposed a ban on selling houses on a leasehold basis in England.<p>Today, communities secretary Sajid Javid will outline plans …

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 …

Education

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’

UK law firms may have greater difficulty in retaining best talent from Europe, says law school headPractice Management: HR & DevelopmentPractice …

Brexit

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 When you say to people that you’re training to be a lawyer, …

Money

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

<p>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 …

College & University

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

<p>The new centralised ‘super exam’ for qualifying solicitors which will replace the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course …

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’

<p>The Association of Law Teachers has criticised the Solicitors Regulation Authority over the regulator’s “disingenuous” reporting …

Regulation

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 in England following …

'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 …

Crucial

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

Dispute Resolution

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 a reliable outcome to their issue …

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 …

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 …