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CILEx partners with LawCare to recognise mental health initiatives in National Awards

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives has introduced a new mental health and wellbeing initiative award category into this year’s CILEx National Awards, in partnership with legal sector mental health charity LawCare.


B&Q, Sainsbury’s-Asda merger, Disney 21st Century Fox takeover, Women’s football: your commercial news round-up

This week has been the tale of two mergers, with supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Asda still campaigning to convince the Competitions and Markets Authority that their planned merger will benefit customers. Meanwhile Disney has closed the deal on 21st Century Fox for an eyewatering $71 billion, which will see franchises like Deadpool and X-Men coming over to the dark side to join Star Wars and Marvel.


Can algorithms be biased? Government investigates risks of AI in the justice system

The government is investigating concerns about the quality and accountability of decisions made by algorithms, including the risk that automated decision-making software used by police forces could emulate human biases such as racial prejudice.


National Paralegal Day celebrates “unsung” services to the legal profession

The first ever National Paralegal Day took place last week, marked by celebrations held at the House of Commons. 

O’Melveny suspends vacation scheme and training contract applications as merger decision nears

International firm O’Melveny has suspended its 2019 vacation scheme and 2021 training contract applications, as it seeks to conclude merger talks with magic circle giant Allen & Overy.


Hard work of students recognised at LawCareers.Net fifth annual Student Law Society Awards

On Thursday 14 March 2019, the annual LawCareers.Net Student Law Society Awards, sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright, brought together students, recruiters, partners and trainees with the LawCareers.Net team at Painters’ Hall in London.


Spring Statement, Boeing 737 Max, Facebook outage, Thameslink fine: your commercial news round-up

While Theresa May attempts to get her EU withdrawal deal through for the third time in the coming days (see #BrexitMayhem on Twitter), there is one thing we know for sure about Brexit: nobody knows what will happen and how it will affect the British economy. So, is it a matter of keep calm and carry on? 


Nottingham Law School’s ‘teaching law firm’ recoups more than £3 million for clients

The Legal Advice Centre at Nottingham Law School, dubbed a ‘teaching law firm’, has recovered over £3 million in benefits and compensation for its clients in five years.


Clifford Chance pilots sabbatical scheme in move toward flexible working

Magic circle giant Clifford Chance is piloting a new flexible working scheme where some lawyers at the firm will be invited to apply for a two-month unpaid sabbatical.


Ground-breaking law firm launched for animal rights

A new law firm has been launched entirely dedicated to the protection of animal rights. Advocates for Animals, which is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, plans to work for charities and non-governmental organisations and is already supported by the legal charity, the UK Centre of Animal Law.