201602.05
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Continuing competence and continuing professional development

1 Introduction 1.1 Who should read this practice note? All solicitors in legal practice or employment in England or Wales. 1.2 What is the issue? All solicitors and registered European lawyers (RELs) in legal practice or employment in England and Wales must comply with the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s continuing professional development requirements or continuing competence…

201601.28
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Latest Public Appointments – 21st January 2016

Please find below a selection of Public Appointments currently or soon to open for applications. Please note that information and timings can change. The Public Appointments website allows you to search for all current appointments to the boards of a public body or advisory committee. Taking on a public appointment provides an opportunity to play…

201601.28
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Sentencing Guidelines for Robbery

The Definitive Guideline for Robbery has been published today by the Sentencing Council in accordance with section 120 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. This guideline is applicable to all offenders aged 18 and older and will come into force on 1 April 2016.  The guidelines cover offences under section 8(1) of the Theft…

201512.17
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Law Society: Professional Update

Proposals to widen access to the legal profession could have the opposite effect, warns Law Society The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is proposing that a Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) – a series of new centralised assessments for knowledge and skills – would replace existing ways to qualify as a solicitor. The Law Society has voiced…

201512.17
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Litigation on the Duty Provider Contracts Tender

Members might be interested to know how the Tender litigation is going.  According to the Law Society there are 114 separate claims issued by 90 different firms (or unsuccessful bidders), arising in 69 procurement areas.  The MOJ applied to strike out 50 of the claims on procedural grounds and those applications will be heard in…

201512.14
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2015 UK Diversity Legal Awards – Winners

Category: Recruitment “Attracting Talent“ WINNER: Hogan Lovells LLP Category: Retention “Talent Management“ WINNER: Linklaters LLP Category: International Firm WINNER: Fasken Martineau Category: UK City 10 Firm WINNER: Linklaters LLP Category: Firm of the Year WINNER: Freeths LLP Category: Chambers of the Year WINNER: Coram Chambers Category: BSN Rising Star WINNER: Shaunée James (Reed Smith LLP)…

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About the Winners

JUDGED CATEGORIES: Category: Recruitment “Attracting Talent” WINNER One of the Hogan Lovell’s objectives is to increase the number of trainees from economically disadvantaged and black and minority ethnic backgrounds. The firm’s ‘Widening Access’ programme was conceived to help meet this target. Their Graduate Recruitment (GR) team’s Widening Access Programme has developed a range of internal…

201511.18
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Ethnic minority lawyers face steep challenge to reach top of ‘pyramid’

Diversity league table highlights ‘very slow pace’ in representation of gender and ethnic diversity in 10-year review Ethnic minorities in the legal profession face a difficult journey to reach the heights of the profession, according to the latest diversity league table from the Black Solicitors Network (BSN). Figures comparing demographics in law over the last…