Two firms have stepped up their contributions to making law a more gender-equal profession, with Freshfields banning “Dear sirs” as a way to begin communications and Latham & Watkins launching a breastmilk delivery programme for its travelling lawyers.
Stephenson Harwood and US-headquartered White & Case have revealed their trainee retention rates for the cohort qualifying in Autumn 2016.
A motion has been passed at the Liberal Democrats conference expressing “regret” at the party’s role in making swingeing cuts to the legal aid budget during the 2010-15 coalition government.
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.