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City firms react with “cautious optimism” to Brexit deal

London firms have reacted to the proposed Brexit deal with “cautious optimism” despite lawyers advising business to prepare for the worst, as reported in the Law Gazette.

Draft Brexit deal would enable UK lawyers to continue operating in the European Union during transition

The controversial draft Brexit deal agreed by UK and EU negotiators, if implemented, would allow UK lawyers to continue to operate in the EU throughout the transition period that runs until 2020, while one of the aims of a post-Brexit trade deal would be to make such “appropriate arrangements on professional qualifications” permanent.


Royal Mail, Beyoncé’s Ivy Park, House of Fraser, mince pies: your commercial news round-up

If commercial awareness means keeping up with the latest commercial news stories affecting law firms and businesses, then there can be no more timely news than that of the Brexit mayhem currently taking place.


The SRA should create “fitness to practice” rules to support solicitors with mental health issues, say experts

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) should introduce “fitness to practice rules” covering mental health, following a High Court judgment that toxic working environments, stress and depression are not enough to stop solicitors being struck off when they have acted dishonestly, regulatory experts have said.


Spark 21 Conference celebrates 100 years of women lawyers and supports continuing fight for gender equality

Spark 21, the charity behind the First 100 Years project that works to celebrate, inform and inspire future generations of women lawyers, brought together leading women from the world of law and beyond at its annual conference on Wednesday.

Legal profession unites in support of barrister asked to return racist client’s instructions

Solicitors should refuse clients’ instructions if they are discriminatory, the Law Society has said after an Afghan-born woman barrister was asked to return her instructions because the client wanted “a white male barrister”.


Tesla, Toshiba, Sainsbury’s, Dyson, house prices: your commercial news round-up

To demonstrate the firework-like dynamism of a good candidate and avoid coming across like a damp squib, you need to show commercial awareness. For future lawyers, that involves keeping up with the business news and thinking about how the stories you read might affect law firms and their clients.

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam is being delayed until 2021 and fees could cost students £4,500

The new Solicitors Qualifying Exam that all candidates will have to pass to become solicitors will not be introduced until 2021, while fees to take the assessment could range from £3,000 up to £4,500, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has revealed.


Barristers under threat from cyberattacks, warns Bar Standards Board

Barristers are as vulnerable to cyberattacks as solicitors, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has warned, as the increase in technology used at the Bar and in court presents opportunities for cybercrime.


Macfarlanes publishes gender pay gap data for 2018

London-based Macfarlanes LLP has released its gender pay gap data, becoming only the second City law firm to include partners’ pay in its results after Allen & Overy LLP revealed its partner gender pay gap data in September.