Law Society

Is law really ‘very well suited to flexible working’?

Earlier this month Law Society chief Lucy Scott-Moncrieff caused some raised eyebrows when she claimed that the legal profession is “very well suited to flexible working”. It’s easy to say such things, of course, but what’s it like to oversee a flexible working regime in practice? Nicky Richmond, managing partner of London law firm Brecher,… Read more »

‘How Will I Ever Come Out In Front Of Partners Who Say: ‘I Can’t Watch One Foot In The Grave Because That Richard Wilson Is Gay’?’

The words of solicitor-advocate and Law Society council member Keith Etherington, as he recalls how the legal profession’s attitude towards sexuality has been transformed over the last few years in this week’s #RoundMyKitchenTable podcast. Together with Legal Cheek‘s Kevin Poulter, Etherington is responsible for co-founding the lawyers’ parade at London Gay Pride – which takes… Read more »

What Effect Will The Eurozone Crisis Have On Wannabe Lawyers?

Yesterday, I attended a conference organised by the European Commission in Brussels. It was called, somewhat optimistically, ‘Mission Growth, Europe at the lead of the New Industrial Revolution’. Alongside the tales of hope reeled off by the speakers – some of whom, like the economist Jeremy Rifkin, were inspiring; others, less so – there was… Read more »

Trainee Solicitors: Heading Downmarket?

The Law Society has said that trainee solicitors on housing benefit is “not the type of image that benefits the profession”. The announcement is the latest chapter in the ongoing Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) consultation on scrapping the trainee minimum salary which could see wages drop to just £2.60 an hour.