The Law Society has condemned a report from the National Crime Agency (NCA) that identifies money-laundering as a major threat and describes solicitors as “crucial to the laundering of illicit funds”.
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Magic circle firm Clifford Chance is cutting its training contract numbers by 20.
The government is to continue with its plans to increase court fees for immigration and asylum cases by up to 500%, despite near-unanimous opposition from lawyers, law centres, unions and community groups.
The justice secretary, Liz Truss, has confirmed that it is the government’s intention to go ahead with plans to implement a British Bill or Rights, although no timescale has been revealed.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has published a report on the possible impact of Brexit on law firms.
“Brexit means Brexit”, but what does that mean? We may not be any closer to finding out the details of what Brexit could entail (besides it definitely being Brexit, as Theresa May keeps saying), but a summer of government fence sitting and inactivity has finally come to an end this week with a big announcement. We bring you news of that below, along with a round-up of other important developments in the world of law and business this week.
BPP University Law School and Kennedys have teamed up in relation to the firm’s six new solicitor and 16 new paralegal apprenticeships. Kennedys was among the group of leading firms that helped develop the new trailblazer apprenticeship standards, designed to ensure that students have the required skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the legal services market.
LLM students at Queen Mary University of London are to take a course in e-disclosure, the first of its kind in the United Kingdom.
Mayer Brown, the only City firm to run an ‘articled apprenticeship’ programme, has recruited a third apprentice.