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Government announces major changes to employment law

18 December 2018Updated: 20 December 2018

The government today published its Good Work Plan: its vision for the future of the UK labour market. Law Society president Christina Blacklaws welcomed the announcement, saying it should help prevent workers from being underpaid, overworked or mistreated

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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

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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


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


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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Impaired visionSubscription

2 July 2019By

Unconscious bias in a business can impair good decision-making. Dr Zara Whysall looks at its impact on decisions about appointing and promoting leaders, and how law firms can minimise unconscious biases

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2 July 2019By

What can law firms do to help their people with stress and to create and support a mentally healthy workplace? Lucy Trevelyan investigates

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Upping the stakesSubscription

9 April 2019By

The legal marketplace is increasingly volatile and unpredictable. Harriet Brooke looks at two of the key disruptors – millennials and artificial intelligence – and asks what leadership capabilities you need to future-proof your business

Paul Bennett

Inside job

9 April 2019By

We all trust our partners, colleagues, employees and advisers. But law firms are often hierarchical, so we can become too reliant on certain individuals. How can we avoid ‘key person risk’? Paul Bennett considers

Sue Bramall

Pick and choose

2 April 2019By

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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Flying startSubscription

15 January 2019By

Recruitment and retention is a growing challenge for all firms, especially of lawyers starting their careers. So what are firms doing to attract and retain junior lawyers? Diana Bentley investigates, in the first article of our special focus on junior lawyers

Leanne Yendell

A fresh perspectiveSubscription

15 January 2019By

In the second article in our special focus on junior lawyers, Leanne Yendell looks at how your newly qualified lawyers can help you with everything from understanding client needs to building an effective workplace culture

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From the frontSubscription

15 January 2019By

It is an old trope that there is a difference between a good leader and a good manager – but law firm leaders need to be both. Ann Harrison looks at the skillsets involved, and the additional challenges of management in the legal sector

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Border control

15 January 2019By

With only two months to go before the UK leaves the EU, Laura Devine looks at what steps should law firms be taking now in relation to staff members who are either EU citizens or family members of EU citizens 

Reuben Glynn

Letter of the law

15 January 2019By

Reuben Glynn reviews a new title on effective leadership in small businesses

Vidisha Joshi

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

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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

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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

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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

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Law Management Collection - People and Leadership

In 2018, we rounded up some of our most popular articles on people and leadership, in our first Managing for Success Collection.

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