I don’t commonly use sporting metaphors, but it’s difficult to describe the pending Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal’s (SDT) application to the Legal Services Board (LSB) - asking for permission to change the standard of proof in the former’s disciplinary proceedings from the criminal to the civil standard - as anything but an open goal. As the SDT somewhat gleefully notes in their application, the LSB has very clearly indicated its enthusiasm for such a change in the recent past, suggesting ...
The Junior Lawyers Division recently released the results from its annual resilience and wellbeing survey. As with previous years, they make grim reading.
While the legal profession is making steady progress at becoming more diverse, it is not yet representative of the demographic of society.
Over the last three years, the JLD has focused on supporting junior lawyers experiencing mental ill-health and stress at work.
As a female junior solicitor, it is strange to think that 2019 will mark 100 years since women were first allowed to practice law, by the introduction of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919.
In August last year, two members of the Junior Lawyers Division executive committee, Adam Hattersley and James Kitching, attended the International Young Lawyers’ Congress’s (AIJA) annual conference in Brussels.
Nicola Wilding, associate at DLA Piper, discusses resilience and dealing with rejection.
An associate from CMS looks at social mobility in the legal profession.
Laura Uberoi shares her advice for achieving a senior position in the profession regardless of age or PQE.
The JLD committee reflect on this year’s International Weekend.
Adam Hattersley shares his advice for submitting a successful vacation scheme application.
As exciting as the rise of legal technology is, a more pressing problem faces the junior end of the profession: too many of us struggle with basic computer literacy.
Hear from Charlotte Parkinson and James Kitching about their time on the JLD executive committee and how they have benefited professionally and personally from the experience.
Adele Edwin-Lamerton gives junior lawyers an overview of the work of an employment lawyer.
Greg Smith reviews the SRA’s rationale for the proposed ‘super-exam’ and suggests they need a backup plan.
Rick Thomas lays bare the realities of life as a corporate lawyer
Amy Clowrey provides an insight into her life as a solicitor working with child abuse survivors
Amy Clowrey and Greg Smith recap events from the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division spring conference.
In our last blog to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Liz Gilmour considers how the legal sector can no longer shrug off issues such as stress and mental health.
As part of our Mental Health Awareness Week blog series, Natalie Matthews talks about her coping mechanisms following a family bereavement