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BSB reveals worrying BPTC stats, as well as BCAT and assessment developments

In a sweep of BPTC related news, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published statistics about students and providers of the BPTC, revealed changes to the centralised BPTC exams and deferred the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) until at least March 2016. The aim of these developments is to “demonstrate the BSB’s commitment to ongoing improvements for prospective BPTC students”.


Irwin Mitchell and Thomas Eggar merge

Irwin Mitchell and Thomas Eggar have announced their merger, which will be complete by the end of the year.


Should the Pupillage Gateway application period be moved from April to January? Have your say

The Bar Council is asking students for their opinions regarding whether the Pupillage Gateway application system should open each January instead of April.


Top of the legal profession is still an ‘old boys’ club’, reveal PRIME and Sutton Trust

Diversity, equal opportunity and the end of the ‘old boys network’ remain a long way off in the legal profession, a study by the Sutton Trust and PRIME showing that three quarters of judges and 71% of Queen’s Counsel (QC) barristers were privately educated has revealed. 

Law and business: commercial news round-up 26.11.15

As Black Friday looms (and the proponents of Civilised Saturday attempt to provide an alternative), retailers will be hoping for some big spending, especially in light of news that sales on the UK high street in October were significantly down.


Inspired by Law gallery galvanises next generation of human rights lawyers

Students at London South Bank University have honoured outstanding lawyers and campaigners in the fields of human rights and social justice with a new photo gallery project called ‘Inspired by Law’.


Mini-pupillage for less-privileged students launched by One Crown Office Row

One Crown Office Row is creating a mini-pupillage scheme for students and recent graduates from less-privileged backgrounds.


ULaw to run BPTC in Leeds from Sept 16

The University of Law has announced that it will be running the Bar Professional Training Course at its Leeds centre from September 2016.

Law and business: commercial news round-up 19.11.15

Short and to the point this week – read these to improve your sense of what’s going on in the commercial world.


Dechert lawyers launch free legal advice clinic in South East London

A new free legal advice clinic has opened at a homelessness shelter in South East London with help from lawyers at Dechert LLP.

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