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19/01/2017

Law and business news round-up: Davos, Brexit, Barclays, Freddoes, emissions cheats, Ray-Bans

So what’s happening in Davos? The World Economic Forum, that’s what. The world’s great economists, business leaders, journalists and politicians have again gathered to discuss the most pressing issues facing the planet (big remit). For live updates of today’s highlights, including Theresa May’s speech, follow the Guardian’s live business blog. For other news, read on.

Howard Kennedy partners with University of Law as exclusive LPC provider for firm’s future trainees

Full-service firm Howard Kennedy has made the University of Law the exclusive provider of the Legal Practice Course to the firm’s future trainees. 

18/01/2017

SRA, Bar Council and Law Society express concern over Brexit implications for UK legal profession

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Bar Council and Law Society have submitted their responses to an inquiry into the impact of Brexit on the UK justice system led by MPs.

Record number of solicitor advocates appointed QCs

A record number of solicitors have gained the prestigious title of Queen’s Counsel in the most recent round of appointments, which are usually taken up by barristers. 

16/01/2017

LawWorks to feature in BBC Radio 4 pro bono appeal this Sunday

Legal pro bono charity LawWorks is set to feature in a BBC Radio 4 Appeal fronted by the presenter and comedy writer Clive Anderson this Sunday, 22 January. 

New QCs welcomed: number of BAME and female candidates is up

There have been 113 new QCs appointed in the 2016-17 round, with the number of women applying and being selected at its highest level ever. There has also been a slight rise in the number of BAME applicants, with appointments in line with other groups.

13/01/2017

Consultation on new solicitors’ ‘super exam’ closes amid criticism from legal educators

The consultation on proposals for a new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) has closed with students, educators and employers now waiting for a final decision and further detail from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), but the plans remain controversial.

12/01/2017

Law and business news round-up: Christmas retail results, Trump, Snapchat, Brexit, tidal power

Another week, another spurious claim to a day being “super” – and today is “Retail Super Thursday”, so named because it combines revelations about Christmas sales figures at loads of big-name UK retailers. The Guardian is providing live updates, including from M&S, John Lewis, Tesco and JD Sports. In other titillating business news...

11/01/2017

Solicitors criticise the criminal advocacy fees proposals welcomed by barristers

Responses to the Ministry of Justice’s latest proposals to reform advocacy fees have shown a divide in opinion between solicitors and barristers.

09/01/2017

DWF launches in France through merger with Heenan Paris

Innovative UK top 20 firm DWF has launched in the French legal services market for the first time through a merger with boutique Paris firm Heenan Paris.