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BPP to host legal technology and innovation conference

BPP University Law School is running a conference for students on legal technology and innovation, taking place on Thursday 8 March.

KFC, house buyers, UK GDP, British Gas, Jamie’s & Byron Burger: your commercial news round-up

The unthinkable happened this week; KFC ran out of chicken! With the doors of most of its branches firmly shut, thousands of disgruntled consumers had to take their fried poultry habits elsewhere. 


Law firms are moving away from traditional partnerships to operate as incorporated companies

The face of the legal market is in a period of significant change, with close to half of all law firms now operating as incorporated companies and only a small minority holding to the traditional partnership structure, new research has revealed.

Pimlico Plumbers case heads to the Supreme Court, with potentially major implications for Uber, Deliveroo and the gig economy

“Material errors” in previous rulings on whether a plumber working for Pimlico Plumbers should have ‘worker’ rather than ‘self-employed’ status mean that the case is now to be heard in the Supreme Court, with the outcome set to have far-reaching implications for the gig economy.


Student Volunteering Week programme emphasises civic responsibility

The 17th annual Student Volunteering Week is this week (19-25 February). 


Diversity Access Scheme opens for applications from would-be trainee solicitors

The Law Society’s Diversity Access Scheme is now accepting applications for its 2018 round of scholarships until Sunday 8 April.

SRA calls for separation from Law Society as regulators lobby LSB for greater independence

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has called for itself to be made fully independent from the Law Society as part of the governance review being carried out by the legal profession’s super-regulator, the Legal Services Board.  


Inns of Courts’ role in barrister training defended by Bar Council

The role of the Inns of Court in the education and training of aspiring barristers has been strongly defended by the Bar Council after it was revealed that joining an inn could be no longer compulsory under Bar Standards Board (BSB) plans to overhaul the training of barristers.


Carillion, Premier League, housing, Barclays, inflation: your commercial news round-up

The aftershocks of Carillion’s collapse are still being felt a month on, not least by its former employees. Magic circle firm Clifford Chance has taken on Carillion’s in-house legal team, saving the jobs of around 60 specialist paralegals. 


Privately educated solicitors make up disproportionately high percentage of workforce at corporate firms

People who attended state schools are still underrepresented in the legal profession, with criminal firms employing the highest proportion of state-educated solicitors and corporate firms the lowest, research by the Solicitors Regulation Authority reveals.