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Winners of LawWorks & Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards announced

The shining lights of the student pro bono scene were celebrated on 26 April at the annual LawWorks & Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards. Held at the House of Commons, the awards are designed to recognise the exceptional work being done by students and their law schools around the UK in the provision of free legal advice and support.


Commercial news round-up: household spending, car production, French elections, Nestlé

As national elections of all varieties continue to dominate headlines, there is still space for those all-important economic stories. In fact, more often than not, the political and business worlds are inextricably linked. For a variety of both, read on.


Linklaters offers lawyers chance to have a better work/life balance in return for lower pay in pilot scheme

Magic circle giant Linklaters is to offer its lawyers the opportunity to work fewer hours for a lower salary – but the scheme remains a pilot in four of the firm’s German offices for now. 

The United Kingdom’s judiciary is among the least diverse of many European and Western countries, human rights group reports

Serious interventions are needed to improve diversity in the overwhelmingly white, male and privileged judiciary of England and Wales, a human rights group has said after reporting that the country’s judges are among the least diverse of a host of developed nations.


New ‘super exam’ for qualifying solicitors confirmed for 2020 – with LPC no longer a requirement

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has officially confirmed its shake-up of the route to becoming a solicitor with a new ‘super exam’ which all prospective solicitors will have to pass in order to qualify. 


Clifford Chance lawyer to be Law Society president in 2019

Results from the recent Law Society presidential election have been released, with news that commercial litigation partner Simon Davis of Clifford Chance is to become president in 2019. 


International firms Gowling WLG and Hill Dickinson announce new legal apprenticeship intakes

The apprenticeship route into law continues to gather pace, as international firms Gowling WLG and Hill Dickinson become the latest to announce new intakes of apprentices for September 2017.


Commercial news round-up: election, Weetabix, Green Investment Bank, Sky

With the excesses of Easter behind you, it’s time to really commit to the task ahead: developing your commercial awareness and thus significantly improving your chances on the recruitment frontline. Start here with this week’s curated group of topical news stories.


Plans to introduce evening court hearings questioned by solicitors and barristers

Plans by the government to extend the hours at which courts are open to as late as 8:30pm have been met with resistance from across the legal profession.

Firms should provide more training and counselling services related to stress, say trainees and NQs

Trainee and newly qualified solicitors think that firms should do more to provide training and support on stress at work, a survey by the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) has revealed.