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Law Society launches best practice guidance on gender pay gap reporting

6 November 2018

Following the introduction of mandatory gender pay gap reporting in 2017, the Law Society has produced guidance for the profession to capture the best practice that will help us set the right standards for the legal sector and build a clearer picture and way forward

Gemma Sparks

Read our new series of apprenticeships case studies

19 March 2018

Since 2016, the number of organisations launching legal apprenticeship schemes has steadily grown. We asked some to share their insights on the process, and their apprentices to tell us what their experience has been like

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Law Society responds to Independent Review of Employment Practices in the Modern Economy

21 June 2017

The Law Society has called for an independent government inspector to enforce workplace rights, employment statuses and rights to be clearly defined in a single piece of law, and for large employers to report publicly on their employment practices

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Law Society publishes recruitment advice to promote social mobility

26 February 2016Updated: 15 March 2016

We have published advice on recruitment practices to promote social mobility in the solicitors’ profession. The advice was developed in response to demand from solicitors for more information on how to implement recruitment practices that promote fair and equal access to the profession for trainees from all backgrounds

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Law Society publishes guidance on 'Continuing Competence'

4 February 2016

The Law Society has published guidance for solicitors to help them adapt to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new learning and development regime, known as ‘Continuing Competence’

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Law Society recommends minimum salary for trainee solicitors

11 November 2015

The Law Society is recommending a minimum salary of £20,276 in London and £18,183 outside of London

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Law Society publishes equal pay guidance for law firms

11 November 2015

The Law Society has published an equal pay toolkit, designed for partners, human resources professionals and anyone involved with the management of a law firm

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Law Society updates CPD practice note

2 October 2015

The current CPD system is being replaced by the continuing competence scheme. Our updated practice note explains the transitional arrangements and gives advice on how to get the most from your CPD activities

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Allen key

7 November 2018By

Vidisha Joshi made the headlines when she was named managing partner of Hodge Jones & Allen aged just 38, replacing founder Patrick Allen after 40 years. She explains to Duncan Wood how the firm is gearing up for the future

Angelo Piccirillo

Winning streak

1 November 2018By

Conveyancing firm AVRillo has received a host of industry awards and effusive praise on consumer review websites. Co-founder and partner Angelo Piccirillo explains the secrets of its success to Duncan Wood

Frances Anderson

Step right up

2 October 2018By

In 2015, Sternberg Reed introduced a career development programme to incentivise existing staff, bolster recruitment and retention, and support succession planning. Frances Anderson explains how the programme works in practice 

Sarah Chilton

Bridging the gapSubscription

2 October 2018By

In April, law firms with 250 or more employees had to publish data on their gender pay gap. But they weren’t required to include partner pay data, presenting an incomplete picture of the pay gap in the sector. Sarah Chilton looks at the legislation and the issues

Alex Ktorides

Lead the waySubscription

2 October 2018By

Good governance in a law firm can bring improvements in everything from risk management to succession planning. Alex Ktorides offers his three top tips for leadership in law firms to foster robust and effective governance

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Prevention and cure

3 July 2018By ,

Law firms have been among the many businesses affected by sexual harassment allegations in recent months. Samantha Mangwana, introduced by Alison Downie, explains how to prevent sexual harassment in a law firm, and how to handle accusations if they do occur

Robert Postlethwaite

Share and share alikeSubscription

3 July 2018By

Involving employees in the ownership of a business can improve performance, motivate your people, promote team spirit and cohesion, and support succession planning. Robert Postlethwaite looks at the options for law firms

Andrew Otterburn

Getting away from it allSubscription

3 July 2018By

A partner retreat can help strengthen the partnership, and is a key part of the process of developing strategy and making change. Andrew Otterburn explains how to run a successful retreat

Sue Bramall

Pick and chooseSubscription

3 July 2018By

What’s the right option for marketing in your firm? Should you have a marketing committee or make a single partner responsible? Should you appoint internally, recruit or outsource? Sue Bramall provides her top tips

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The pursuit of happiness

17 April 2018By

Would you consider your firm a happy place to work? Do you think your people feel the same way? It’s too easy to focus on success, to the exclusion of happiness, says Nick Jarrett-Kerr. So how can you make your firm a great place to work?

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Young at heartSubscription

17 April 2018By

Nurturing and developing new talent isn’t just altruistic: it can bring real benefits to your business and help set both you and them up for future success. Nicola Jones explains

Jake Fox

Plan ahead

17 April 2018By

The subject of succession planning is one that law firms are spending a lot of time considering, so just be aware of the implications on your PII cover, writes Jake Fox

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Follow my leadSubscription

16 January 2018By

As a law firm manager and leader, you need to ask yourself one key question: why should your team follow you? Mike Scott provides some top tips for earning the respect of your people and being an effective leader

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Look after yourself Subscription

16 January 2018By

In the second of our series on stress in the legal profession, Elizabeth Rimmer looks at how you can identify the causes and symptoms of stress, and how to manage stress in your own working lives

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Flying start

16 January 2018By ,

Are you looking for a way to improve your performance and outperform your competition in 2018? Nigel Haddon and Rob Lees explain how and why you should appoint a non-executive director for your firm.

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Just the job

16 January 2018By ,

The GDPR is just four months away. Firms may already be prepared for major changes to how they handle client data, but do you know it also applies to data on your people? Andrew Kimble and Dan Fawcett provide a guide for managing partners and HR professionals

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Judgement callSubscription

16 January 2018By

Professional judgement is an essential part of the practice of the law, but it is now even more essential, given the proposal to make it a regulatory requirement. Fiona Westwood looks at what it is, and how to develop and how to foster it in your firm

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People businessSubscription

10 October 2017By

Simon Tupman argues for people being put before profit in law firms – and shows how doing so can give you a helping hand in everything from recruitment and retention to your bottom line. 

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Under pressure

10 October 2017By

Mental health problems are a growing issue for every sector, including the law, with its inherent high levels of stress. Paul Bennett looks at how managers in law firms can support their staff to mitigate mental health problems and their effects. 

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On the up

10 October 2017By

The take-up of apprenticeships in law firms has been cautious, but the concept is now starting to gain traction. Grania Langdon-Down speaks to firms about the practicalities, benefits and challenges of taking on apprentices. 

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