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Sullivan & Cromwell to retain all of its first-ever trainee group this autumn

30-Jun-2015 4:13 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Sullivan & Cromwell will retain 100 per cent of its autumn 2015 qualifying trainee cohort as newly qualified (NQ) lawyers.

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London, Leeds and Manchester lawyers vote unanimously to refuse legal aid work in face of cuts

29-Jun-2015 5:33 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Lawyers in London, Leeds and Manchester have voted to strike, refusing to take on legal aid work after 1 July, when new rates are set to come in.

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50 key cases revealed in defence of Human Rights Act

26-Jun-2015 0:03 am | By Tabby Kinder

One Crown Office Row barrister Adam Wagner has launched a comprehensive study of human rights law in the UK to demonstrate the impact of the Human Rights Act (HRA) on the justice system.

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Merseyside lawyers to refuse work in opposition to legal aid cuts

25-Jun-2015 12:40 pm | By Richard Simmons

Barristers and solicitors are to refuse to take legal aid work under the new reduced rates that will take effect on 1 July.

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Covington chalks up 100 per cent retention

25-Jun-2015 12:01 pm | By Becky Waller-Davies

Covington & Burling will retain all of its autumn 2015 qualifying trainees, with the seven qualifying into varied practice areas.

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Reed Smith wins The Lawyer's ethical initiative award for its disability taskforce

24-Jun-2015 7:30 am | By Becky Waller-Davies

Reed Smith was crowned the winner of The Lawyer Award for Ethical Initiative at the legal event of the year last night.

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Weil joins fellow US firms with 100 per cent retention

23-Jun-2015 11:02 am | By Becky Waller-Davies

Weil Gotshal & Manges has revealed that it will keep 100 per cent of its 2015 qualifying trainees in newly-qualified (NQ) positions.

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I'll fix “creaking and dysfunctional” court system, says Gove

23-Jun-2015 9:51 am | By Richard Simmons

Michael Gove will say that the justice system is failing society’s poorest people in his first speech as Lord Chancellor today.

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CBA to pull out of tomorrow's legal aid strike despite members' support

30-Jun-2015 5:49 pm | By Tabby Kinder

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) will not strike in protest at legal aid cuts on Wednesday (1 July), despite its members balloting 96 per cent in favour of direct action before the general election.

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Commercial digest: Tuesday 30 June

A round-up of the day’s legal and commercial headlines, news and comment

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Five steps for survival as a first-seat trainee

30-Jun-2015

If you’re a first-seat trainee feeling shell-shocked from your new work environment, these five steps will help you get your bearings. 

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If you haven't got a training contract after the LPC, is becoming a paralegal the best option?

29-Jun-2015

If you’re determined to become a solicitor and have done the LPC but don’t have a training contact, is becoming a paralegal the next best step or would other commercial experience be as or more valuable?

Emma-Louise Henson, Weightmans

Emma-Louise Henson, Weightmans

29-Jun-2015

Lawyer 2B quizzes Weightmans trainee Emma-Louise Henson

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What the FT? Berlin insists Greek Parliament approves all reforms by Monday

26-Jun-2015

The FT is full of articles about the Greek crisis. What’s the latest position, what would happen if Greece were to leave the eurozone and what do lawyers have to consider?

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Grexit

What the FT? Berlin insists Greek Parliament approves all reforms by Monday

26-Jun-2015

The FT is full of articles about the Greek crisis. What’s the latest position, what would happen if Greece were to leave the eurozone and what do lawyers have to consider?

Lucy Bleach, Reed Smith

Key legal documents: Copyright Assignments

25-Jun-2015

A series looking at key legal documents. This week: Copyright Assignments

Virgin Money

Time off for dads? The Shared Parental Leave scheme

24-Jun-2015

Richard Branson has hit the headlines again with a new paternity leave policy which claims to be the most generous offering for employees in Great Britain.  

Dentons

What’s the deal with… Dentons merging with 21 firms?

22-Jun-2015

So last week it emerged that Dentons, already the biggest law firm in the world, is currently in merger negotiations with 21 firms around the globe. 

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The legal implications of a Brexit – a basic guide

18-Jun-2015

With a Conservative majority Government now in place following the May 2015 general election, a referendum on the UK leaving the EU - or “Brexit” – in 2016 or 2017 is now a certainty. But if the UK were to leave the EU, what would the impact be on UK law?

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Net neutrality… still buffering

16-Jun-2015

Before the soaring popularity of services like Netflix, watching a film at home usually required a trip to the rental store. The ease at which a film can now be accessed is, however, often matched with the unavoidable sense of frustration when the film is ‘buffering’.

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Law less ordinary | The billion-dollar world of gaming law

12-Jun-2015

From nerdy niche to global mega-business, the gaming world is now policed by top IP lawyers

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Ageing UK needs more legal input

11-Jun-2015

By 2030 the number of over-80s in the UK will have doubled – raising issues over funding and age discrimination

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Michael Hornsey

Five steps for survival as a first-seat trainee

30-Jun-2015

If you’re a first-seat trainee feeling shell-shocked from your new work environment, these five steps will help you get your bearings. 

running man

If you haven't got a training contract after the LPC, is becoming a paralegal the best option?

29-Jun-2015

If you’re determined to become a solicitor and have done the LPC but don’t have a training contact, is becoming a paralegal the next best step or would other commercial experience be as or more valuable?

Imran Khan

The big interview: Imran Khan

17-Jun-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

“What’s so interesting about me?” asks Imran Khan. “I’m just doing my job.”

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Should students invest in business cards?

10-Jun-2015

Some students do splash out on business cards - but is it worth it?

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Emma-Louise Henson, Weightmans

Emma-Louise Henson, Weightmans

Lawyer 2B quizzes Weightmans trainee Emma-Louise Henson

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The Lawyer 2B Union Debate: Should suspects accused of serious crimes be granted anonymity?

9-Jun-2015

The “Lawyer 2B Union Debate” competitions are designed to allow students to demonstrate their written skills, persuasive powers and commercial awareness. This month: Should suspects of serious crimes be granted anonymity?

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