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Family law reforms being undermined by legal aid cuts, says Law Society

Changes to speed up the way that family law courts deal with divorce, separation and child custody cases will be badly undermined by the government’s cuts to civil legal aid, the Law Society has said.

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London Legal Walk aims to get 10,000 walkers to raise funds for legal charities

Organisers of the 10km London Legal Walk on 19 May 2014 are calling for more participants to sign up and raise money for charities providing free legal advice in London.

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City University LLB students prepare for the world of work with new employability module

First-year law students at City University London will learn about the reality of working in the legal profession through the introduction of a compulsory graduate market and employability module.

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Suits v Silk: sixth-form students experience life in law firm and mock trial

Ten students from Notre Dame sixth form college in Leeds have spent a week’s work experience with Walker Morris, which concluded with a mock trial run in conjunction with 11 South Square.

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Aspiring barristers given chance to practise advocacy skills at Blackfriars Crown Court

BPTC students from the University of Law have been involved in a series of mock trials at the crown court.

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Junior Lawyers Division essay competition 2014 now open for submissions

The Junior Lawyers Division has launched its annual essay competition.

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Criminal Bar Association votes to accept legal aid deal

The Criminal Bar Association last week voted to accept the deal offered by the Ministry of Justice to suspend legal aid cuts to Graduated Fee cases for a year.

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Majority of Bar pupils in 2011-12 enrolled on BPTC without having landed a pupillage

Some 70% of first-six pupil barristers in 2011-12 enrolled on the BPTC without having secured pupillage, according to the joint annual report made by the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board earlier this month.

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Macfarlanes joins Clifford Chance and Mayer Brown in adopting CV-blind recruitment policy

Macfarlanes has become the third firm to adopt a "CV-blind" policy to combat unconscious bias and elitism in its recruitment.

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Trainee stress programme at Clifford Chance may be extended firm-wide

Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance is considering rolling out its trainee stress-reducing programme to staff throughout the firm.

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