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
When was the last time you spent a whole day without worrying or feeling guilty?
When was the last time you found yourself behind schedule and it did not irritate you?
Did you know that working faster and faster is the way to bad mental health situations? As part of Mental Health Awareness Week we will be running a series of blogs all week. Today, Ann Page will discuss the first core concept of mindfulness.
Tamasin Dorosti advises junior lawyers on the value of having a mentor to guide your early legal career.
Amy Clowrey talks about her recent visit to Uganda as part of the HLSUTG delegation.
Nick Gore of Carter Thomas Solicitors provides an insight to the volunteering at the EU Rights Clinic.
Junior lawyers at DLA Piper explain how their work with Reprieve makes a difference
Ronald Leung of Dentons talks about taking part in the London Young Lawyers Group Pro Bono Awareness Month.
Adam Hattersley offers advice to trainee solicitors worried about not being retained by their firms.
Amy Clowrey and Rick Thomas of the JLD executive committee report on the recent EYBA summer conference and AGM in Porto in June 2017.
Generation Y’s focus on varied tasks and work-life balance isn’t about being work-shy; it’s about being flexible to get the best out of employees, explains Charlotte Parkinson
Junior lawyers are well placed to promote shared values and benefit from those who fail to see their importance, writes Matthew Allan
What does new technology for the legal services market mean for the role of junior lawyers, wonders James Kitching
Phil Cockayne, Commercial Director at JCI UK, explains how the JLD and JCI International share some common goals and how joint initiatives can be beneficial.
Are employers doing enough to support good mental health in the workplace, asks Kayleigh Leonie
The government should consider alternatives to reducing the NHS’s bill before imposing a costs cap, argues Greg Smith
Move over Battle of the Sexes, the Battle of the Generations has begun in earnest, writes Beth Forrester
LGBT history month is a chance to reflect on the challenges faced by many who fought to overcome antiquated views, writes Amy Clowrey
Solicitors criticised for their pay packets should remember the social and economic contribution they have made, says Bryan Scant
More and more solicitors are suffering from stress at work, potentially affecting both their own wellbeing and the productivity of their businesses. Rita Oscar offers her top tips for managing stress in the legal profession. Read the blog
The response to the High Court’s article 50 judgment has emphasised that there is a distinct lack of constitutional understanding in the UK, writes Adele Edwin-Lamerton
Brogan Solomon explains how junior lawyers can alleviate their firms’ concerns about pro bono work by highlighting the opportunities available and skills they can develop.
Hayley Marsden, a member of the Leeds JLD committee, writes about the value of law fairs for students and also those behind the stalls.
Oliver Haddock of RadcliffesLeBrasseur provides an insight into the volunteering services at Battersea Legal Advice Centre.
Samantha Hirst of Ridley and Hall Legal Limited talks about her work with the Huddersfield Law Society Uganda Twinning Group (HLSUTG)
Junior lawyers at DLA Piper’s Liverpool office explain how their work on the Liverpool Law Clinic’s Statelessness Project makes a difference.
Louise Taylor of Anthony Gold Solicitors talks about her pro bono work with Centre 70 Legal Advice Clinic.
You’re never too young to start formulating a list of useful business contacts, explains Jonathan Smith
Adele Edwin-Lamerton of the Junior Lawyers Division committee write about her attendance at the European Young Bar Association (EYBA) summer conference and AGM 2016 in Dusseldorf, Germany
Should EU law remain compulsory for aspiring solicitors, asks Matthew Allan