Burnett calls for action on social diversity at top of profession – Legal Futures

‘Addressing the “lack of social diversity at the top of the legal profession” is an important part of improving judicial diversity, the Lord Chief Justice declared yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 19th February 2019

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Male lawyers must confront others who sexually harass – QC – The Guardian

‘Men in the legal profession need to “call out” other men if they witness sexual harassment, according to the barrister Helena Kennedy QC, who has urged such behaviour to be made the subject of disciplinary action.’

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The Guardian, 16th February 2019

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Landmarks in law: when female lawyers were declared ‘people’ – The Guardian

‘Gwyneth Bebb was born in Oxford in 1889. She was the sixth woman to study law at Oxford University, reading jurisprudence at St Hugh’s College. She completed her studies in 1911 with first class marks, yet she didn’t formally graduate because women at the time couldn’t be awarded degrees.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2019

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The legal profession is rife with prejudice – I’ve seen it firsthand – The Guardian

‘An overhaul tackling sexism, racism and class discrimination would address the profession’s failure to reflect the society it represents.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2019

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“Far removed from fat cats” – High Court praises lawyers – Legal Futures

Posted February 13th, 2019 in barristers, families, judges, legal aid, legal profession, news, pro bono work, solicitors by sally

‘Lawyers acting pro bono in a complex family law case countered the stereotyped image of ‘fat cats’, a High Court judge has said in praising their “commitment to the delivery of justice”.’

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Legal Futures, 13th February 2019

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Lawyers “must make way” for justice innovation to take hold – Legal Futures

Posted February 8th, 2019 in artificial intelligence, legal profession, legal services, news, paralegals by sally

‘A report on global access to legal services has identified established legal professions led by lawyers as a block to progress and urged them to step aside in favour of non-lawyer leaders who can be relied on to bring in necessary reforms without self-interest.’

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Legal Futures, 8th February 2019

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Bullying and harassment calls to legal helpline double – Legal Futures

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in bullying, harassment, legal profession, news by sally

‘Calls from lawyers complaining of bullying and harassment to health support charity LawCare almost doubled last year.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd January 2019

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Speech by Lord Justice Gross: London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association Annual Lecture – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Posted January 17th, 2019 in civil justice, Commercial Court, judiciary, legal profession, speeches by tracey

‘Speech by Lord Justice Gross: London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association Annual Lecture.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 16th January 2019

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Legal Life – Time for an MOT? – New Law Journal

Posted December 17th, 2018 in health, legal profession, mental health, news by sally

‘If we are serious about addressing the mental health and wellbeing of legal professionals then we need to look at the culture and practice of law, says Elizabeth Rimmer writing in our special supplement on how to travel well in the law.’

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New Law Journal, 13th December 2018

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Privilege and Maxwellisation – what can we learn from recent FRC cases? – 4 New Square

‘The same issues often crop up across an array of regulatory work. Legal professional privilege is the most obvious example, with a number of high profile cases arising out of SFO investigations. A second example concerns the rights of third parties to prevent the publication of adverse comment about them in regulatory reports and decisions (‘Maxwellisation’). In this article, Jamie Smith QC and Helen Evans explain how these two issues have arisen in the context of disciplinary investigations and proceedings undertaken by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), which plays an important role in the regulation of accountants.’

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4 New Square, 11th December 2018

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Legal Technology – the future of legal services – Legal Futures

‘One way of viewing the current legal services market is that the legal profession is locked in a race to the death with non-qualified providers, tempted by the lucrative chunk of legal work that is not reserved to qualified lawyers and which forms a big part of their income.’

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Legal Futures, 5th December 2018

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The Bar Council presents: The Different Faces of the Bar – The Bar Council

Posted November 21st, 2018 in barristers, diversity, equality, legal profession, news by tracey

‘In the first event of its kind, the Secret Barrister, Chris Daw QC, and two of the Bar Council’s #IAmTheBar Social Mobility Advocates, Rachel Spearing and Natasha Shotunde, will come together for a live-streamed panel discussion on social mobility and access to the Bar.’

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The Bar Council, 19th November 2018

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Susskind: Machines will replace lawyers if they deliver better outcomes – Legal Futures

Posted November 15th, 2018 in barristers, computer programs, legal profession, news, solicitors by tracey

‘Clients value lawyers for the outcomes they deliver and will switch to technology based alternatives if they produce the better or cheaper results, Professor Richard Susskind has claimed.’

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Legal Futures, 15th November 2018

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Spark21 conference 2018: David Gauke speech on diversity in the legal profession – Ministry of Justice

‘Lord Chancellor David Gauke spoke at the Spark21 Conference 2018 about nurturing a richer and more representative legal profession.’

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Ministry of Justice, 7th November 2018

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‘Justice campaign’ needs new approach, say experts – Legal Futures

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in civil justice, criminal justice, legal profession, media, news, rule of law by sally

‘Lawyers have been urged to look at radical new approaches to ‘rebrand’ justice so as to build public and political understanding of its value.’

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Legal Futures, 30th October 2018

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New tech demands code of “cyber ethics” for lawyers – Legal Futures

‘The legal profession will have to develop “cyber ethics” to cope with the very different issues that the growing use of technology is having on the practice of law, a leading academic has suggested.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd October 2018

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Lawyer bloggers invited to lift veil on family courts – Legal Futures

‘An effort to encourage lawyers to report on everyday proceedings in the family courts to compensate for lack of press interest is being piloted over the next nine months, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd October 2018

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‘Don’t swell the ranks with solicitors’ – bar fights training reforms – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 20th, 2018 in barristers, legal education, legal profession, news, solicitor advocates, solicitors by tracey

‘Proposed reforms to barristers’ training would “unacceptably dilute” the bar’s standards by giving solicitors an easy route to entry, the Bar Council has said. In its response to proposals for reforming the education and training requirements for barristers, the representative body says that exempting solicitor advocates from parts of the qualification process would “be attractive to solicitors who regard admission to the bar as a badge of achievement, and who will recognise that this route to that badge is fundamentally less arduous than the route barristers currently take.”‘

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th September 2018

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Hard Brexit “could cost legal sector £3bn” – Legal Futures

Posted August 22nd, 2018 in international trade, legal profession, legal services, news by sally

‘A hard Brexit could cost the legal sector up to £3bn by 2025, the Law Society has estimated.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd August 2018

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Women in the Law UK gears up for London launch – Legal Futures

Posted August 21st, 2018 in legal profession, news, women by sally

‘Women in the Law UK, the Manchester-based lobbying, networking and support organisation, is gearing up for its launch in London next month.’

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Legal Futures, 21st August 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk