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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.


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.


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...


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.


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. 

Goodwin Proctor to take on handful of King & Wood Mallesons trainees

Goodwin Proctor is seeking validation from the SRA in order that it be able to take on trainees from collapsed firm, King & Wood Mallesons.


Government proposals to ensure fairer pay for barristers welcomed by Bar organisations

The Ministry of Justice has published new proposals to ensure that barristers and other advocates receive fair pay when they work on publicly funded criminal cases.

Major law firm appoints one of the youngest managing partners in the country

A personal injury solicitor has become one of the youngest people in the country to run a major law firm. 


Law and business news round-up: Trump, China tariffs, UK 2017 forecasts

Our round-up of the first commercial developments in 2017 picks up very much where 2016 left off. The maverick methods of President-elect Donald Trump are having a marked impact on the thinking of major businesses, while tensions between China and other economies continue to increase. There is also a mixture of encouraging and not-so-rosy omens for the UK economy to pick through.