On 03 February 2020 Charlotte Parkinson, chair of the Junior Lawyers Division, and Amy Clowrey, immediate past chair, met with the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett, to discuss issues that affect junior lawyers. This has become an annual meeting in the JLD calendar.

This year the focus was on the Criminal Legal Aid Review (“CLAR”), the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (“SQE”) and healthy working environments (both looking at the JLD’s work on mental health and the new alcohol guidance).

Lord Burnett was particularly interested in the way CLAR and SQE may affect junior lawyers entering the profession, the impact upon social mobility and the overall reputation of the legal sector in England and Wales. He was supportive of the work that the JLD has been doing on creating healthy working environments.

The JLD is thankful to the LCJ for offering his time to understand and support issues affecting junior lawyers in England and Wales.