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University of Law earns gold in new uni ranking system

The University of Law has received a new “gold” rating in the new government-led Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF panel judged that the institution “delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the United Kingdom.”


Bar Standard Board statistics highlight crisis in barrister training, as over 60% of debt-ridden BPTC graduates never secure pupillage

The Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) discussions about reforming barrister training should be made more urgent by its latest statistics report, which shows that over 60% of those who complete the prohibitively expensive Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) never go on to secure pupillage.


Commercial news round-up: Brexit, Google, austerity, Barclays, house prices

Application season is upon us and part of your preparation should be developing your commercial awareness – namely, an interest in the business world and how the issues that affect clients will also affect and shape the advice that you, as their lawyer, will give. There’s also every chance you’ll be asked to comment on something topical in an interview, so best to be prepared! For a selection of this week’s most interesting commercial news stories, read on:


Sixteen law firms feature in first index of employers who have done the most to improve social mobility

Law firms make up almost a third of the organisations which feature in what is believed to be the first ever social mobility index, which was unveiled by the government today (21 June). 


CMS launches ‘next generation’ vacation scheme which sends future trainees on induction course at prestigious business school in Switzerland

International law firm CMS has launched its ‘next generation’ vacation scheme as part of its CMS Academy programme. 

McKenzie Friends offer paid-for services mostly outside court

Research conducted by academics at the Universities of Cardiff and Bristol show that the vast majority of work done by paid McKenzie Friends is delivered outside the courtroom, rather than actively representing their clients in court.


Commercial news round-up: inflation; national pay squeeze; ‘hard’ v ‘soft’ Brexit; British Airways

The consequences of the general election earlier this month could monumentally change the country’s economic course as set by politicians before the poll, despite the fact that the same government looks set to return to power (albeit only with the help of its friends in the Democratic Unionist Party). However, this week’s headlines also report some gloomy fallout from another national vote – that of last year’s referendum on EU membership. 


May demotes Truss from justice secretary cabinet role, replacing her with anti-LGBT rights MP David Lidington

Liz Truss has been replaced as justice secretary by David Lidington, the MP for Aylesbury who has consistently opposed LGBT rights and also voted in favour of repealing the Human Rights Act.

Travers Smith partners with LGBT charity to develop mentoring programme for students

Corporate law firm Travers Smith is partnering with a LGBT charity to develop a mentoring programme designed to empower a new, diverse generation of lawyers. 


Solicitors’ ‘super exam’: Junior Lawyers Division fears that trainees will miss out on key work experience

The new Solicitors Qualifying Examination could mean that prospective solicitors miss out on key aspects of legal work experience, the Junior Lawyers Division has warned.