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Whiplash diagnosis to be allowed by video link

Written By - Liam Bolton - March 25,2020

Whiplash diagnosis is to be allowed by video examination in the latest concession to the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis.

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Law firms adjust to Covid-19 crisis

Written By - Joshua Watts - March 23,2020

Law firms say staff remain upbeat and resilient in the face of unprecedented working restrictions caused by the coronavirus crisis.

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Coronavirus latest: Longer trials halted but hearings continue

Written By - Liam Bolton - March 18,2020

The judiciary has made its latest attempt to address concerns about courts remaining open during the current crisis.

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New Guidance on Conveyancing Transactions

Written By - Adam Parkin - March 17,2020

Several queries about the impact of the coronavirus on conveyancing transactions has prompted the Law Society to issue guidance.

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Coronavirus: City giants tell staff to stay at home

Written By - Joshua Watts - March 16,2020

City giants Allen & Overy and Baker McKenzie have told staff to work from home until at least the end of March to combat the spread of co...

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Solicitors' role in reform proposals over housing disputes

Written By - Joshua Watts - March 09,2020

A new disputes service is at the heart of proposals from Justice to tackle housing disputes.

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'Astonishing breakthrough': Munby hails access to family justice data

Written By - Liam Bolton - March 04,2020

A national support service representing children in family court cases has opened up its data to researchers as part of wider efforts to...

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Electronically signed deeds are legal, lord chancellor confirms

Written By - Joshua Watts - March 03,2020

Documents signed electronically - even when a statutory requirement for a signature predates the digital age - have legal force in Engla...

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Whiplash reforms delayed until August

Written By - Hassan Ditta - February 27,2020

Justice secretary Robert Buckland QC MP has finally confirmed that the RTA portal for whiplash claims is being delayed

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Breaking: MoJ to confirm whiplash reform delays today

Written By - Liam Bolton - February 27,2020

Breaking: MoJ to confirm whiplash reform delays today

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Speculation mounts over RTA portal delay

Written By - Joshua Watts - February 24,2020

The Ministry of Justice was believed to be poised to announce a delay to the implementation of its much-vaunted reforms of the handling o...

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Active conveyancers at record low

Written By - Yoned Khan - February 24,2020

The number of active conveyancing firms in England and Wales fell to a record low of 3,920 in the last quarter of 2019

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Housing Stock Returns As Confidence Improves

Written By - Liam Bolton - February 18,2020

New instructions, housing supply, buyer enquiries and agreed sales all increased in January as the UK enjoys a post-Brexit boom in activity.

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SRA finds huge discrepancy in law school pass rates

Written By - Yoned Khan - February 17,2020

Law school pass rates range from 100% to under 30% depending on where you study, a report by the Solicitors Regulation Authority revealed.

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Firm’s £8m Nottingham deal is eighth acquisition in less than two years

Written By - Joshua Watts - February 17,2020

Listed firm Knights plc has announced yet another acquisition – this time worth up to £8.3m – as it continues to increase its footprint...

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New cap on compensation fund to stem biggest losses

Written By - Liam Bolton - February 14,2020

New cap on compensation fund to stem biggest losses

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The importance of research skills in the brave new world of legal tech

Written By - Yoned Khan - February 11,2020

Christopher O’Connor, head of segment and product marketing at LexisNexis, shares his thoughts

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Delay the Solicitors Qualifying Exam, law lecturers demand

Written By - Joshua Watts - February 10,2020

Law lecturers have called for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) to be delayed, claiming young people are making 'potentially life chan...

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UK set to introduce ‘Jack’s Law’

Written By - Hassan Ditta - February 05,2020

Parents who suffer the devastating loss of a child will be entitled to 2 weeks’ statutory leave.

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Don’t look at grades and universities, social mobility tsar tells firms

Written By - Joshua Watts - February 05,2020

Law firms should remove the names, grades and universities of candidates from application forms in order to tackle the UK’s ‘stagnant soc...

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High Court orders HMCTS to fund lay advocates

Written By - Liam Bolton - February 05,2020

Courts & Tribunals Service has been ordered by the High Court to fund lay advocates for parents of a baby at the centre of care proceedings.

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Inside the new alternative law school backed by some of the profession’s biggest names

Written By - Yoned Khan - February 03,2020

College of Legal Practice CEO Giles Proctor outlines a vision for the SQE that is winning prominent admirers.

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Legal Sector Among Best Industries For Hiring In 2020

Written By - Yoned Khan - February 03,2020

The latest report from CV-Library reveals that job applications in the legal sector have increased by 14.5% in the last year

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Flexibility in the Legal Sector

Written By - Hassan Ditta - January 29,2020

Having a good work-life balance is really important for many of us nowadays.

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Conveyancing referral fees move up the agenda

Written By - Liam Bolton - January 29,2020

Estate agents could be forced to disclose details about referral fees if they have failed to comply with National Trading Standards guidance

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DWF adds 360 staff through £14.2m outsourcing acquisition

Written By - Joshua Watts - January 29,2020

Listed international firm DWF today announced the acquisition of a legal outsourcing business for a deal which could be worth £14.2m...

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Thousands go online to apply for divorce

Written By - Joshua Watts - January 22,2020

Tens of thousands of people have applied online to get divorced since the application process was digitised, a family lawyer has discovered.

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Bar 'at breaking point', new research suggests

Written By - Yoned Khan - January 21,2020

Barristers are ‘surprisingly bullish’ about their future careers given cuts to legal aid, falling fees and ever more demanding clients...

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How to find the perfect role for you in 2020!

Written By - Hassan Ditta - January 20,2020

Have a look at our tips and hints to help you kick-start the new year!

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MoJ finally opens refund scheme for court fees

Written By - Liam Bolton - January 17,2020

MoJ finally opens refund scheme for court fees

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Divorce reform swiftly returns to parliament

Written By - Joshua Watts - January 15,2020

The government has swiftly put long-awaited divorce reform back on the agenda after reintroducing legislation to end what the justice...

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Simplifying Immigration Rules 'could save government £70m'

Written By - Yoned Khan - January 15,2020

The Law Commission has told the government that it could save £70m over a decade by simplifying the Immigration Rules

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Magic circle firms fall out of M&A top 10 rankings

Written By - Joshua Watts - January 07,2020

For the first time in at least seven years, none of the magic circle firms have appeared in a list of the top 10 practices to advi...

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Legal aid practitioners test replacement billing system

Written By - Liam Bolton - January 07,2020

Practitioners have begun testing a replacement for the Legal Aid Agency's controversial online billing system, the Gazette has learned.

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City firms team up to provide SQE prep course

Written By - Yoned Khan - January 07,2020

Leading City practices have enlisted BPP law school to prepare trainees for the Solicitors Qualifying Exam.

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Claims portal testing under way as April deadline looms

Written By - Hassan Ditta - January 06,2020

Experts have warned it is highly unlikely the new system will be fully functional by the April deadline.

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Future of the Legal Workforce

Written By - Hassan Ditta - December 18,2019

The legal services market will need to adapt to a more deregulated environment and stronger commercial pressures!

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What Boris Johnson’s big majority means for the legal profession and those seeking to enter it

Written By - Yoned Khan - December 18,2019

Love him or loathe him, Boris Johnson has a great big majority and his Conservative government is set to bring about major changes...

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Legal aid practitioners test replacement billing system

Written By - Liam Bolton - December 18,2019

Practitioners have begun testing a replacement for the Legal Aid Agency's controversial online billing system, the Gazette has learned.

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AI revolution could cost 35,000 UK legal jobs - Law Society research

Written By - Liam Bolton - December 09,2019

Law’s 30-year employment boom could go into sharp reverse over the next decade, according to a study commissioned by the Law Society

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White collar crime prosecutions reach five-year low – despite rise in fraud reports

Written By - Joshua Watts - December 09,2019

White collar crime prosecutions have reached a five-year low, despite a surge in reported fraud cases, research has revealed.

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University of Law teams with quiz app to prepare students for SQE

Written By - Yoned Khan - December 09,2019

The University of Law has teamed up with an online learning platform which specialises in quizzes to prepare students for the SQE.

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10 tips for networking events

Written By - Hassan Ditta - December 04,2019

Here are ten points to bear in mind in order to excel when attending networking events.

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Record numbers of Solicitors have applied to be dual qualified.

Written By - Joshua Watts - December 02,2019

Unprecedented numbers of England and Wales-qualified solicitors have taken out an additional qualification in Ireland in 2019 – but there...

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Probate delays will be over by Christmas, claims HMCTS

Written By - Liam Bolton - December 02,2019

Probate delays will be over by Christmas, claims HMCTS

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Five questions to ask yourself before going freelance

Written By - Yoned Khan - December 02,2019

The option of becoming a freelance solicitor makes it cheaper and easier to set up and practise alone than ever before.

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SRA shelves immigration advice changes

Written By - Yoned Khan - November 26,2019

The Solicitor Regulation Authority agreed to delay rules that would have eased restrictions on how solicitors can provide immigration advice

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Football club fears for its future after £135k injury claim

Written By - Liam Bolton - November 25,2019

A football chairman says clubs across non-league fear for their futures after a court decision on an injured opponent.

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Examples of Competency Based Interview Questions

Written By - Hassan Ditta - November 20,2019

Follow these tips to ace any competency based questions in an interview!

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Extra sitting days ‘simply not enough’, says criminal bar

Written By - Yoned Khan - November 20,2019

The governments decision to increase court sitting days is ‘simply not enough’ the criminal bar has claimed, calling the extra days derisory

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Minimum pay for bar pupils on the rise

Written By - Joshua Watts - November 20,2019

Chambers in London must pay pupil barristers at least £18,866 a year from 2020, while pupils outside of London will receive a minimum of...

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Election threatens criminal legal aid review progress

Written By - Liam Bolton - November 18,2019

Next month's general election may jeopardise progress on a review of criminal legal aid fees, it has emerged.

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Is the PM’s deal good for solicitors?

Written By - Liam Bolton - November 13,2019

How does the PM’s recent deal with the EU shape up from the point of view of solicitors’ interests?

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How to decide between job offers!

Written By - Hassan Ditta - November 13,2019

It might sound like the dream but having two job offers on the table can make for a hard decision. Here are some points to consider!

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SQE still has a long way to go

Written By - Joshua Watts - November 13,2019

The Legal Services Board has listed concerns about the quality, cost and diversity impact of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam, suggesting...

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Election threatens criminal legal aid review progress

Written By - Yoned Khan - November 12,2019

Next month's general election may jeopardise progress on a review of criminal legal aid fees, it has emerged.

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How to find an employer you can believe in

Written By - Hassan Ditta - November 06,2019

We all want to work for a company that we can feel good about and that’s aligned with our core values.

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Tribunal workload slashed

Written By - Joshua Watts - November 06,2019

Projected sitting days for the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in 2020 will be vastly down on the figures projected for this year.

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Take part in Pro Bono Week 2019

Written By - Yoned Khan - November 06,2019

This year's Pro Bono Week takes place from Monday 4 to Friday 8 November.

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Conveyancing app promises to revolutionise property marketing

Written By - Liam Bolton - November 06,2019

A technology firm working in the legal sector claims it is only a few months away from launching a service that will enable ‘instant conveya

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A few tips to help you get ready for a new job!

Written By - Hassan Ditta - October 30,2019

Even before you land your first interview, there are loads of things you can be doing to help you prepare for a change of job!

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Legal Interview Tips

Written By - Joshua Watts - October 30,2019

Before you go to the interview, spend several hours thoroughly researching the business. Don’t leave this until the night before as you...

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Government keen to test reservation agreements to cut conveyancing stress

Written By - Liam Bolton - October 29,2019

Reservation agreements to lock in home buyers and sellers to a transaction could be trialled by March, a lead government official has reveal

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Critical Thinking Skills Are Vital To Working In Law

Written By - Yoned Khan - October 29,2019

Legal training develops these abilities to a high level...

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Life as a Law Student - 7 things you should know!

Written By - Hassan Ditta - October 23,2019

Law is a great subject to study at university but it does have its challenges: here’s what you can expect.

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Appraising The Changes In Solicitor Qualification In The UK

Written By - Yoned Khan - October 23,2019

Whilst studying law is one of the most challenging disciplines that students can undertake in the UK, it also remains incredibly popular...

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Golden Rules of Negotiating

Written By - Joshua Watts - October 22,2019

Self-described “expert” lawyer-negotiators often enter negotiations with arguments intended to persuade the other side of the legitimacy...

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End in sight for probate delays

Written By - Liam Bolton - October 22,2019

Probate delays are ‘still not where they need to be’ but the situation is improving, the Law Society has commented after meeting with HM Cou

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7 Skills for a Successful Law Career

Written By - Joshua Watts - October 16,2019

Legal recruiters cite commercial awareness as one of the most important attributes a candidate can have. It basically means possessing...

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9 Questions You May Be Asked In A Law Interview

Written By - Hassan Ditta - October 15,2019

Just like in all job interviews, it pays to be prepared. Take a look at the following example questions and discover how to answer them!

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Land Registry: error data must not be used to punish firms

Written By - Liam Bolton - October 14,2019

HM Land Registry could share data on title application errors with the Solicitors Regulation Authority

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Government keen to test reservation agreements to cut conveyancing stress

Written By - Yoned Khan - October 14,2019

Reservation agreements to lock in home buyers and sellers to a transaction could be trialled by March, a lead government official revealed..

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10 Top Tips of Persuasion

Written By - Joshua Watts - October 08,2019

Persuasion is one if the most important skills in life for any legal professional, here are some top tips to remember when performing this art

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Legal sector faces £3.5bn hit from no-deal Brexit, says Law Society

Written By - Yoned Khan - October 07,2019

Disorderly exit could curb lawyers’ access to European market and imperil 10,000 jobs

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Brexit-related legislation surges - but mammoth task lies ahead

Written By - Liam Bolton - October 07,2019

Three times as many Brexit-related laws were passed in the first half of 2019 than in the preceding six months, figures suggest.

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Social mobility boost for aspiring Solicitors

Written By - Yoned Khan - October 03,2019

The Law Society urges aspiring solicitors facing hurdles to qualifying to apply for a place on Chancery Lane's social mobility scheme.

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How to answer, "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"

Written By - Yoned Khan - October 03,2019

This is how you can answer the common interview question.

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7 words that make you sound less confident in emails

Written By - Yoned Khan - October 03,2019

Delete these words from your email vocabulary if you want to get ahead.

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How to network your way to a training contract!

Written By - Hassan Ditta - October 02,2019

Don't underestimate the importance of networking!

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New justice minister backs £10k small claims limit

Written By - Liam Bolton - September 30,2019

New justice minister backs £10k small claims limit

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Can an Employer force you to serve the notice period after resignation?

Written By - Joshua Watts - September 30,2019

Can the Employer force you to serve the notice period after resignation? There is no way that the company can force you...

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Ten tips to remember on the day of your interview!

Written By - Hassan Ditta - September 25,2019

Don’t let nerves or lack of preparation jeopardise your chances of securing a legal role within a solicitors’ firm!

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Should you take that counteroffer?

Written By - Yoned Khan - September 25,2019

Here’s how to determine whether it makes more sense to stay or take that new job.

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15 Mindfulness Tips

Written By - Joshua Watts - September 25,2019

While most professional training involves how one can develop more skills, increasing the breadth of ability, mindfulness works on giving...

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5 Essential Skills A Law Degree Can Develop

Written By - Yoned Khan - September 18,2019

Studying law isn’t about being able to name the fifty most influential cases in contract law or reciting the Human Rights Act 1998...

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What are DPAs and how do they work?

Written By - Joshua Watts - September 18,2019

What are DPAs and how do they work?

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Regional Law Firms Doing Better Than City - Survey

Written By - Liam Bolton - September 17,2019

Amid political chaos, the sector has shown ‘remarkable resilience’, reports accounting firm Crowe’s Law Firm Benchmarking Survey 2019

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Everything You Need to Know about the Changes to Future Bar Training

Written By - Hassan Ditta - September 16,2019

The next two years will see a major overhaul of the established routes to legal qualification in England and Wales!

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5 Simple Mistakes Law Students Make

Written By - Yoned Khan - September 11,2019

Studying law isn’t just about the assignments and grades, but let’s face it, they are an important part of the law degree.

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Top tips for getting a Training Contract!

Written By - Hassan Ditta - September 11,2019

Follow our training contract tips to increase your chances of being successful in the recruitment process!

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Hot Legal Topics to research for an interview

Written By - Joshua Watts - September 10,2019

Hot Legal Topics to research for an interview

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Conveyancing regulator seeks to slash fees by 30%

Written By - Liam Bolton - September 04,2019

A specialist regulator has announced ambitions to cut its fees more than previously announced in a bid to become 'regulator of choice'.

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4 ways small law firms punch above their weight

Written By - Joshua Watts - September 04,2019

4 ways small law firms punch above their weight

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First law school unveils SQE course plans

Written By - Yoned Khan - September 03,2019

BPP is the first law school to reveal details of its conversion course to prepare non-law graduates for the solicitors’ ‘super-exam’...

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Different ways to network

Written By - Joshua Watts - August 30,2019

Different ways to network

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Law Society's warning over leasehold costs curbs

Written By - Yoned Khan - August 28,2019

Restricting the right of landlords to recover non-litigation costs in leasehold enfranchisement claims...

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Solicitors to blame for probate delays - HMCTS

Written By - Liam Bolton - August 28,2019

Faulty applications from solicitors are the cause of delays of more than six weeks for grants of Probate.

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8 skills you need for a successful legal career!

Written By - Hassan Ditta - August 27,2019

Employers aren’t just looking at the hard skills you learn through law school; they want candidates who show exemplary transferable skills.

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Legal Sector Is One Of The Best For Hiring In Right Now

Written By - Hassan Ditta - August 21,2019

If you’re looking to ramp up your hiring efforts this summer then now is definitely the right time, as new data from CV-Library, reveals that applications for legal jobs jumped up by a staggering 19.9% in the second quarter of 2019.

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Leeds on the Rise

Written By - Joshua Watts - August 19,2019

Leeds is the fastest growing major legal centre in the UK, surpassing the City of London, Manchester and Birmingham

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Conveyancing Protocol Takes Effect Today

Written By - Liam Bolton - August 19,2019

The Law Society has today, Monday 19th August launched its Conveyancing Protocol 2019, which has replaced the previous 2011 version.

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8 easy tweaks that will make you so much more productive!

Written By - Yoned Khan - August 09,2019

Productivity and leadership coach Ellen Faye reveals some of the best tips for becoming more efficient.

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Aspiring lawyers shouldn’t underestimate the power of networking

Written By - Yoned Khan - August 09,2019

A panel of experts reveal their tops tips to training contract success

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UK house price rises accelerate in February - Nationwide

Written By - Sam Haynes - March 03,2017

UK house prices accelerated in February, with property values rising by 4.5% in a year

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5 Signs That You've Made the Right Hire

Written By - Channon Sharples - September 30,2014

If your new staff member shows most or all of the following characteristics, you’ll be able to thank yourselves...

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10 Common Mistakes When Applying for a Training Contract

Written By - Channon Sharples - July 08,2014

The importance of applying for a Training Contract is crucial and you must avoid these mistakes...

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What Can I Legally Be Asked at An Interview?

Written By - Channon Sharples - July 02,2014

To help you know exactly what can and can’t be asked, here’s a list of questions which may not legally be acceptable...

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How Do You Know If Your Career Has Stalled?

Written By - Channon Sharples - June 27,2014

Remember that you alone have the power to change the direction of your career...

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Four Reason Why Recruiter's Don't Call You Back

Written By - Channon Sharples - June 27,2014

Ever wondered why a recruiter hasn't got back to you? Read on to find out the main reasons...

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Interview Questions - Be Prepared

Written By - Channon Sharples - June 24,2014

Going into an interview you need to know the questions and prepare your answers, keep reading for the most common interview questions...

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Revealed: What Recruiters Really Want to see in Your CV

Written By - Channon Sharples - June 13,2014

Keep reading to see what Reed found out when they asked over 300 employers what their likes and dislikes are when it comes down to CVs

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Studying Law

Written By - Channon Sharples - June 12,2014

Our top 4 reasons for studying law!

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What does it mean to be employable?

Written By - John - May 23,2014

A few of us non-traditional, mold-breaker, non-conformist, square pegs in a land of round holes occasionally jokingly refer to ourselves...

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