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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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BPP Law School Manchester wins 2014 DAC Beachcroft mooting shield

A team from BPP Law School Manchester has won the fifth mooting shield competition hosted by DAC Beachcroft, following six months of preliminary rounds.

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Eversheds research highlights pay imbalances and continuing gender inequality in legal profession

Women lawyers are generally earning more than their male peers at the junior stages of their careers, but face earning less than male lawyers as their careers progress, new research from Eversheds has found.

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Trainees offered secondment opportunity in Australia with Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has confirmed that it will allow trainee solicitors from its London and Hong Kong offices to do an overseas secondment in Australia.

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