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Eversheds announces new apprenticeship scheme for "partners of the future"

Eversheds has confirmed that it will be launching a new scheme – Eversheds Aspire – for 16 post A-level apprentices to join the firm in October.

Legal aid: judges, lawyers and victims demand that next government stops "miscarriages of justice"

The government's legal aid cuts have been condemned in an open letter signed by over 100 judges, lawyers, victims and peers who feel that the issue of legal aid has not been raised enough in the run up to the general election.


University of Law to teach GDL and LPC on Exeter campus

The University of Exeter is to once again provide the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course after agreeing to collaborate with the University of Law.

BPTC fees to increase again in 2015-16, while the Bar recruits fewer than 500 new barristers a year

Fees for the Bar Professional Training Course have risen again this year amid warnings that millions of pounds are being spent by students who do not go on to secure pupillage.


Law and business: commercial news round-up 30.04.15

With just a week to go until the general election, the news cycle is dominated by politically linked stories, many of which also have a business/economic slant.

Several law firms among The Times’ top 50 employers for women 2015

Nine law firms feature in The Times’ top 50 employers for women 2015.


ULaw awards honorary degree to former president Nigel Savage

Professor Nigel Savage, who oversaw the transition of the University of Law to gaining full university status, was awarded an honorary doctorate at the recent ULaw graduation ceremony.


More solicitors in practice but training contract numbers have fallen, according to Law Soc report

The number of practising solicitors in England and Wales has grown in the last year while the number of registered training contracts has fallen slightly, the Law Society’s annual statistics report has revealed.


New app described as 'the Uber' of legal services

An app that aims to be 'the Uber of legal and accountancy services' has been launched by solicitor and former managing partner of Harvey Ingram, Simon Astill.


JLD encourages support for SRA's minimum salary consultation; confirms position on voluntary code

The Junior Lawyers Division is encouraging members to participate in the Law Society’s consultation on a recommended minimum salary.

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