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Pinsent Masons, BCLP and Baker McKenzie star in Stonewall list of top 100 LGBT-inclusive employers

Pinsent Masons has been named the UK’s most inclusive employer by LGBT-rights charity Stonewall, while Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and Baker McKenzie are the other law firm’s to make the top 10 in Stonewall’s top 100 employers index for 2019.


New podcast by First 100 Years charts journey of women in law

A new podcast by the First 100 Years project has launched its first episode in a series of 10 which will explore the history and achievements of women in law, decade by decade.


Hitachi, housing market, Patisserie Valerie, Pulsin brownies: your commercial news round-up

It’s vacation scheme season and that means it’s the perfect time to take a glance at the business world and ensure that your commercial awareness is up to scratch. Our commercial awareness page is a great place to start working out how to develop your understanding of the business environment and how to demonstrate this in applications, but first take a quick read of some interesting commercial stories from this week.


International law firms warn clients to accelerate no-deal Brexit planning after MPs reject May’s deal

Leading experts from several international law firms have given their verdict on MPs’ rejection of Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal to exit the European Union (EU), which leaves the UK on a default course to exit the EU without an agreement on 29 March.


The government’s legal aid review will finish in 2020 but profession warns urgent action needed to address crisis

The government’s review into criminal legal aid fees will not be ready until 2020, despite warnings that the crisis is now so severe that the number of criminal duty solicitors is fast dwindling to nothing.


MPs to examine progress and effects of government court modernisation programme

The government’s £1 billion courts modernisation project will be probed again by MPs, it was announced yesterday.

Norton Rose Fulbright launches competition in partnership with Harlequins rugby club

International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright is running a competition alongside Harlequins rugby club, offering the prizes of a week of work experience at Norton Rose Fulbright’s London office, as well as a trip to the Stoop, the home of Harlequins.


Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Debenhams, John Lewis and Economy Energy collapse: your commercial news round-up

There’s a theme to this week’s commercial news round-up and that’s carmakers announcing that they will be cutting jobs in the UK, and high street department stores reporting a fall in sales as the retail slump continues. 


The number of trainee solicitors earning less than the recommended minimum salary has fallen by a third

The number of trainee solicitors earning less than the Law Society’s recommended minimum salary has fallen by a third compared to last year, according to new research.


Demand for pro bono advice on the rise, reports LawWorks

Pro bono clinics are under increasing demand for free legal advice, reports the legal charity LawWorks as it calls for people to be given early access to legal help.