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Exclusive postgraduate loan for ULaw students now open for applications

Metro Bank is offering a professional studies loan for legal studies exclusively to students at the University of Law, which is now open for applications.

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Barristers and Ministry of Justice agree truce over complex fraud trials

An interim deal has been agreed between the Ministry of Justice and barristers over a fee dispute, which had disrupted complex fraud trials.

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Bar Standards Board applies to regulate entity licensing; unlikely to regulate ABSs until 2015

The Bar Standards Board has confirmed the submission of its application to regulate new business entities to the Legal Services Board, but this will not include alternative business structures.

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Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham to merge

The partnerships of Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham have voted to merge their two firms.

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Law Soc and CILEx swear in new presidents

Both the Law Society and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives welcomed new presidents to their organisations last week.

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Law Society pledges financial support in defence of criminal solicitors

The Law Society has pledged to continue using all its influence and resources to support criminal solicitors.

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Figures from Bar Co and BSB reveal significant drop in tenancy numbers

The Bar Council and Bar Standards Board have confirmed that there were 335 newly-registered tenancies for 2011-12.

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Role of lord chancellor to be scrutinised by House of Lords inquiry

The House of Lords constitution committee has launched an inquiry into the centuries-old office of lord chancellor, asking whether it is sufficiently independent of government and whether it should be held by a lawyer.

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Shoosmiths wins multiple awards in recognition of its graduate recruitment

National law firm Shoosmiths has been recognised at three awards events, including LawCareers.Net’s Training and Recruitment Awards, in the area of graduate employment.

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LPC applications down for second consecutive year

As reported by the Law Gazette, the number of students submitting applications to study the legal practice course is down 10% on 2013 figures.

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