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Law and business: commercial news round-up 21.11.14

Cameron and Carney were full of literary flourish this week, with metaphors that drew parallels with dashboards and apple barrels.

Junior Lawyers in Schools scheme launched to encourage students about the study of law

Organised around the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta in 2015, a new scheme has been launched by Lord Dyson to send young solicitors and barristers into schools and encourage students to pursue a career in law.


Progress being made in opening new routes to qualifying as a solicitor, says SRA

More flexible pathways to qualifying as a solicitor and "rigorous standards" are at the heart of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s reform programme, its director of education and training has said.


Firms and chambers told to improve gender/BAME diversity more quickly or face quotas

Law firms and barristers’ chambers need to improve the diversity of their workforces or face having quotas imposed on them, the Black Solicitors Network has said.


Law Society opens annual human rights essay competition

The Law Society has invited law students, trainees, pupils and other junior lawyers to enter its annual Graham Turnbull essay competition, which this year references the Magna Carta and the ramifications if the United Kingdom were to radically alter its human rights protections.

Law and business: commercial news round-up 14.11.2014

There’s a bit of an oily theme this week, with news of American crude, talks of a merger between two of the industry’s giants, and a spat over mayonnaise (which, incidentally, is full of oil).


Research shows growth in legal jobs market in 2014

Research carried out by recruitment consultancy Robert Walters has suggested that there has been renewed growth in the legal jobs market.


Monthly pop-up family pro bono clinic launched at 1MCB

A monthly pop-up pro bono family law clinic was launched at 1 Mitre Court Buildings (1MCB) last week.

BSB pilot visits prompt “tangible improvements” to how chambers work

Pilot supervision visits to chambers by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) have brought about real improvements in chambers’ policies, procedures and controls, the regulator has found.


Law and business: commercial news round-up 07.11.2014

In addition to legal knowledge, firms expect their lawyers to have commerciality and business nous – a failure to do so leaves clients unhappy and deals undone.

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