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“Ridiculously low” immigration case fee criticised

The Legal Aid Agency has been criticised for adding to funding problems which have created “advice deserts” around the UK by setting a maximum £35 case fee for immigration telephone advisers.


EY, Tesla, tech giants, gender pay gap reporting: your commercial news round-up

Uncertainty over Brexit continues as MPs work furiously to find a way forward in Parliament. But as Brexit seems to exclude almost all other matters from the national debate, the world of business keeps on moving.


Senior MP calls for ban on paid McKenzie Friends after High Court judgment

The chair of Parliament’s justice select committee has called for fee-charging McKenzie Friends to be banned after the High Court ruled that an unqualified “legal adviser” was negligent in his handling of a clinical negligence case.

Magic circle firms report pay gaps

Freshfields and Slaughter and May have published their pay gap reports for the year, joining fellow magic circle firm Clifford Chance, which released its pay gap information last week.


History student wins BPP Advocate of the Year competition

A history undergraduate has secured first place in BPP University Law School’s Advocate of the Year 2019 competition and a £6,000 scholarship toward his BPTC.


Bar Standard Boards recognises vital role of Inns ahead of new Bar training

The Bar Standards Board has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Inns of Court to recognise the “vital” role played by the Inns for aspiring barristers.


Wow Air, Majestic Wine, McDonald’s AI, gender pay gap reporting: your commercial news round-up

In a week where nobody really knows what’s going on, calm your bemused Brexit brain by taking a look at our summary of some relevant commercial news stories from this week.


Law firms divided over training contract start times after SQE is introduced

Leading UK law firms are split on what stage they will allow candidates to commence training contracts when the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) is introduced in 2021, according to new findings.

Lammy: “Things have got much worse” for BAME people in criminal justice system

Over a year on from his landmark race review, Labour MP David Lammy has told the House of Commons Justice Committee that things have got “considerably worse” for BAME people in the criminal justice system.