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Commercial news round-up: fat cats, Next, Debenhams, rail fares, Spotify

The post-New Year fog may not have quite lifted yet, but one startling fact should serve to wake you up – deemed ‘Fat cat Thursday’, by lunchtime today the chief executives of top British companies will have made more money than the average UK worker will earn in the entire year. A depressing state of affairs, by anyone’s standards. For more financial and business news that you should be alert to, read on.


BPP and Aspiring Solicitors team up to launch new diversity scholarships

BPP University Law School and Aspiring Solicitors have begun working together to provide new scholarships for Aspiring Solicitors members looking to practise in the public, pro bono, voluntary or charities sectors. 

Unexpected rise in BPTC student numbers follows four-year decline

The number of students enrolling on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) has unexpectedly risen by 14% after a downward trend emerged over the last four years. 


Number of domestic violence victims forced to represent themselves in court soars due to legal aid cuts

The number of domestic violence victims having to represent themselves against their abusers in court without a lawyer has more than doubled since 2012.

Legal action on question of whether parliament could unilaterally abandon Brexit gets go ahead

Legal action can go ahead to establish whether the United Kingdom can unilaterally stop the process of Brexit if UK voter decide the final deal is not acceptable, the court of session in Edinburgh has said. 

Government promises legislation to ban leaseholds on new-build houses

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has promised new legislation to outlaw unfair and abusive practices within the leasehold system, including a ban on leaseholds for almost all new-build houses. 


Commercial news round-up: Uber ruling, Toys R Us trouble, Brexit deal for the City

Let’s jump straight into our round-up of this week’s big commercial stories you should know about. 


Browne Jacobson extends social mobility mentoring scheme with Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester-based firm Browne Jacobson has extended its mentoring scheme with Manchester Metropolitan University’s law school, which aims to improve access to careers in the legal profession for students from less-privileged backgrounds. 


Commercial news round-up: Disney-Fox sale, Bitcoin, Uber, Brexit

With the holidays almost upon us, it will soon be time for a well-earned break from all that gives people the blues (ie, the news) – at least for a couple of days! But before then, let’s briefly run through some of this week’s big business stories in our continuing quest to help you develop your commercial awareness.