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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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Inaugural Accutrainees secure qualifying positions

The first two people to have completed the Accutrainee programme have been taken on by the firms at which they trained.

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Students celebrate success at annual pro bono awards

Students and law schools were recognised for their tremendous efforts in the field of pro bono, as the attorney general hosted the annual LawWorks & Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards at the House of Commons.

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ULaw appoints former Skills for Justice chief executive as adviser on new apprenticeship scheme

The University of Law has appointed the former chief executive of Skills for Justice, Alan Woods, as an adviser on the development of its new apprenticeship programme.

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