November 2016

Leanne Maund

Chair's introduction

Welcome to the latest edition of Junior Lawyer Update.

Firstly, on behalf of the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) I'd like to welcome our new Legal Practice Course student members and wish you the best of luck with your studies.

The last few months have been filled with JLD events, including two career and skills development forums, both of which were extremely well attended. The JLD would like to thank all those who spoke or ran sessions at one of those events, making them such a great success.

We also held the annual International Weekend, at which we hosted junior lawyers from other jurisdictions, providing them with a programme of educational, professional development and networking activities.

Events aside, we have continued to fulfil our primary function of representing you in matters of policy and regulation which directly affect junior lawyers, both now and in the future. There have been a significant number of important consultations recently, which we have responded to on your behalf. These include:

In addition, as many of you will know, the SRA propose to replace the current education and training system for qualification with a centralised Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE).

When the SRA first consulted on this, the JLD launched a public campaign, stressing that any new system must produce well-trained and high-quality newly qualified solicitors, without imposing further barriers to social mobility.

The SRA has recently issued a second consultation on their proposal, which has been updated in light of the JLD, the Law Society and other responses to the first consultation. We have been thrilled with the level of engagement from our members on this over the past year. Please read the updated proposals and let us have your views.

The JLD executive committee elections have now concluded and results will be announced in the next JLD Update. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who stood for a position and for the interest they have shown in representing their peers.

Finally, congratulations to Elissa Thursfield of Gamlins Law who was awarded Junior Lawyer of the Year at the Law Society Excellence Awards on 20 October. Keiley Ann Broadhead of ACCA and Rhiannon Jones of Lester Morrill were highly commended. Well done Elissa, Keiley Ann and Rhiannon and all those who were shortlisted. Further details of the awards ceremony and other category winners can be found here.

Leanne Maund
Chair, Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society


JLD essay competition: Enter now

If you are an LPC student, LPC graduate or trainee solicitor, consider entering the JLD essay competition. The question this year is: 'How do you think Brexit will affect junior lawyers?' The deadline is 30 November and the winner will receive £500.
Further information

National Pro Bono Week: 7-11 November

The annual National Pro Bono Week, sponsored by the Law Society, the Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), will take place between 7 - 11 November. The aim of the week is to celebrate the breadth and impact of pro bono work undertaken by the legal profession across the year.
Full timetable and programme of events

Horsfall Turner essay competition: Enter now

The Law Society's Competition Section is pleased to announce the 2016 Horsfall Turner essay competition. It is open to trainee solicitors and paralegals/trainees working at law firms/organisations which have an office in the UK. There is a cash prize for the winner. The title for this year's competition is: 'What changes, if any, do you think should be made to UK competition legislation, and to the way it is enforced, in the event of a UK exit from both the European Union and the EEA.' The entry deadline is 17:00, 11 November.
Further information about the essay competition including entry criteria
More information about the Competition Section and how to join

Become an LPC ambassador

We are looking for current Legal Practice Course (LPC) students to become JLD ambassadors at their LPC provider, to ensure that issues affecting students are properly communicated to the JLD committee.
Read more

Careers clinic - 24 November, London

The Law Society is delighted to announce the launch of a careers clinic for LLB/LPC/GDL students, paralegals, final seat trainees and qualified lawyers.

The service offers a free confidential 45-minute one-to-one consultation with a career coach/legal recruiter. Careers advice will be provided on areas such as applying for training, interview practice, changing career direction, returning after a break, transferable skills, alternative careers, etc.

The first session will be held on the afternoon of Thursday 24 November at the Law Society's Hall, London. Appointments will be scheduled from 12:00-16:20 on a first come basis.
For more information and to book a place please email

The Law Society needs your input

As the legal landscape changes and the profession adapts, so too must the Law Society. The Law Society wants to understand what is important to you so that they can help you and the profession in the best way possible. Complete this short online survey by Friday 11 November. You could win an iPad Air.

Go to the survey
Read the terms and conditions (PDF)

Junior Lawyer news

JLD features


Becoming a judge

8 November - London

As part of its commitment to promoting greater diversity in the judiciary, the Judicial Appointments Commission, in partnership with the Law Society, is hosting an event to raise awareness of a judicial career.
Book your place

Women Lawyers: Developing your personal brand

10 November - London

This interactive session will offer you practical techniques to put you in control of your personal brand and presence, what you want to project to others and how to build greater confidence in meetings or networking opportunities.
Book your place

London Law Fair 2016: Promoting access to a diverse legal profession

30 November - London

Are you a student thinking about a career in the legal services industry? Do you want practical careers advice from practising lawyers? If so, attend this event.
Book your place for the morning session
Book your place for the afternoon session

EMLD annual lecture

5 December - London

To honour the achievements and highlight the positive contribution of British. Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) lawyers in the profession, the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division (EMLD) is hosting its inaugural annual lecture. The lecture will coincide with Human Rights Week and will look at key human rights and equality issues.
Book your place

In-house workshop: Practical tips for dealing with difficult conversations in the work place

15 December - London

This session will provide you with some tips and techniques to enable you to handle those challenging conversations with confidence. It will provide an understanding of different personality types, different feedback techniques and a range of practical things you can do to improve communication skills.
Book your place