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24/02/2017

Top firms sign up to new Pro Bono Charter

Many law firms, in-house legal departments and other organisations including the Government Legal Department have become the founding signatories of the Law Society’s Pro Bono Charter. 

23/02/2017

Commercial news round-up: HSBC, Barclays, Co-op, business rates, Kraft Heinz, Bovis

This week’s round-up is big on banks; they seem to have featured heavily in the past week’s news cycle. For tales of their varying woes, plus much more, read on.

22/02/2017

MoD combat immunity proposals would shut soldiers and families out of justice, warns Law Society

The Ministry of Defence’s plan to extend the concept of ‘combat immunity’ will lead to soldiers being unable to access justice and cover-ups, the Law Society has warned. 

17/02/2017

Brexit could lead to skills shortage in law and other professions as overseas graduates lose interest in Britain, LinkedIn study indicates

A serious decline in the number of overseas professionals looking for work in the United Kingdom could spell a talent shortage in the UK legal profession, a LinkedIn study of data from over three million people has indicated.  

BSB publishes new strategy to improve diversity, social mobility and access to justice in the barristers’ profession by 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published a diversity strategy for the next two years after a report it commissioned found that much progress still needs to be made in opening up the barristers’ profession to people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. 

16/02/2017

Commercial news round-up: Co-op, RBS, Rolls Royce, National Minimum Wage

When the US intelligence community is reportedly withholding information from its own commander in chief due to a belief that he and his circle are beholden to a hostile foreign intelligence service, and this is all happening against the backdrop of nuclear escalation in North Korea and the return to the great obsession of war hawks and neo-conservatives, confrontation with Iran, you know it’s time to sit up and engage with far more than just the latest business developments. However, the business world never stops moving even when more existential concerns push it off the front pages, and here is this week’s round-up of the big commercial stories. 

15/02/2017

First intake of sponsored Justice First Fellowship legal aid trainees qualify as solicitors

The first group legal aid trainees to have been sponsored through their training contracts by the Legal Education Foundation’s Justice First Fellowship have qualified as solicitors. 

Dentons launches second PopLaw pro bono legal advice clinic in Tower Hamlets – with support from Queen Mary students

Leading multinational firm Dentons has launched a second ‘PopLaw’ legal advice clinic in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, following the success of its first weekly pro bono centre in the Poplar area of the borough. 

13/02/2017

Students invited to submit nominations for the 2017 LawWorks and Attorney General's Student Pro Bono Awards

Nominations are now open for the LawWorks and Attorney General’s Student Pro Bono Awards, which celebrate the significant contribution of law students and law schools to vital pro bono legal advice.

Volunteer-created Airport Lawyer app helps people affected by Trump’s travel ban to access legal advice

A group of volunteer lawyers and software developers created an app to help those affected by US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people arriving in the United States from seven majority-Muslim countries within just two days of the surprise ban’s announcement, it has emerged.