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Acid attackers to be subject to ‘two strikes’ rule

Individuals carrying acidic substances will be subject to a ‘two strikes’ rule, where if they are caught with a corrosive substance on more than one occasion they will receive a six-month custodial sentence.

> Read more

Are flexible working hours and a law career mutually exclusive? Not anymore.

As an aspiring lawyer, you may not have considered flexible working hours - given the corporate intensity of the legal sector, you might not even know that it is an option. But flexibility is now trickling its way through the legal world and is a possibility at some of the biggest law firms. Matthew Kay is the director at Vario, Pinsent Masons’ flexible working initiative. He writes a...

> Read more

The University of Law launches new solicitor apprenticeship programme

The University of Law (ULaw) has launched a new solicitor apprenticeship programme for 2017. The programme, which started on 25th September, is designed to create successful partnerships between the University, employers and apprentices to meet the requirements of the Government’s employer-led trailblazer standard for solicitor qualification.

> Read more

New mental health initiative for barristers

As World Mental Health Day is recognised today (Tuesday 10th October 2017), organisations large and small are pledging their commitment to ensuring positive mental health within the workplace. Fortunately, the legal sphere is no exception. The Bar Council has proposed the introduction of a new measure to recognise efforts across the Bar in sustaining good mental health.

> Read more

Lavinia Woodward - complaints against judge who sentenced Oxford student dropped

The judge who presided over the much-debated case of Lavinia Woodward will not be investigated further by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO). Ian Pringle QC was criticised for sentencing Woodward to a ten-month suspended custodial sentence after she stabbed her boyfriend in the leg. His reasoning attracted criticism - he focused on Woodward’s educational background - s...

> Read more

Top law firms recognised in AllAboutLaw Awards 2017

AllAboutLaw.co.uk recognised the top law firms for vacation schemes and training contracts in its annual AllAboutLaw Awards. The awards ceremony was held on Monday 2nd October 2017, and representatives from some of the biggest firms in the legal industry gathered to celebrate their successes, and those of their peers.

> Read more

Gender pay gap at the top - women paid around £12,000 less

Women who hold managerial positions are being paid significantly less than their male counterparts, recent studies have shown. There are 3.3 million managers in the UK, and the gender pay gap for this entire group stands at 26.8%.

> Read more

“It’s a medical issue” - Pregnancy doctors reach consensus that abortion should not be a crime

After holding a debate on the issue, the Council for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have spoken out against abortion being classed as a criminal offence. As it stands, a woman who has an abortion without the prior approval of two doctors is liable for prosecution and could serve a prison sentence.

> Read more

Child sexual abuse: refusing to compensate is “unacceptable”, says children’s commissioner for England

Anne Longfield, the children's commissioner for England, has condemned draft sexual abuse charges, calling on David Lidington to change them.

> Read more

Uber-no-more: ride-hailing service to lose London operating license

Your days of being driven home from a night out in a Toyota Prius are officially numbered: Transport For London will not be renewing Uber's licence to operate in London. The ride-hailing service has 21 days to appeal the decision, but otherwise, Uber will lose permission to operate on the capital's roads on 30th September 2017. TFL cited a number of legal transgressions that led them to...

> Read more

Lord Chief Justice calls for double sentencing powers

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the lord chief justice, has called for magistrates to have more weighted sentencing powers. He has said that Magistrates’ power should be increased to so that they can hand down one-year jail sentences to offenders.

> Read more

Grenfell Tower fire: individual manslaughter charges may be sought alongside corporate manslaughter charges

The police officers investigating the Grenfell Tower fire have identified 336 different organisations who had ‘varying degrees of involvement’ in the disaster - some of which could be charged with corporate or personal manslaughter.

> Read more

DUP Deal - “cash-for votes exchange” requires approval of parliament

The deal made between the government and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) must be approved by Parliament before it goes ahead, it has been revealed. The legality of the deal, which pledges £1bn to Northern Ireland in exchange for the backing of 10 DUP MPs on key votes, has been called into question by Gina Miller.

> Read more

Rape trials: Half of jurors make guilty verdict before deliberation

New research has shown that nearly half of jurors in rape cases come to a guilty verdict before deliberation, indicating a predictive relationship between juror demographics, personal experience, and psychological make up. This in turn has an impact upon verdicts in rape cases.

> Read more

David Lammy exposes ‘racial bias’ in the criminal justice system

David Lammy has written a report which addresses the ‘racial bias’ within the criminal justice system. Written at the request of the British prime minister, Lammy’s report highlights the disproportionate number of black and ethnic minority males involved in the justice council.

> Read more

CPS addresses cases thrown out in relation to the Psychoactive Substances Law

Just one year after its introduction, the Psychoactive Substances law has fallen under scrutiny after two separate cases were thrown out.

> Read more

“Offensive” and “pejorative”: SRA warns lawyers about inappropriate use of social media

The SRA has warned solicitors about inappropriate emails and social media posts, with some of the worst offenders being fined thousands of pounds for inappropriate online behaviour. In the legal profession, where confidentiality and client privacy are of paramount importance, oversharing on social media could land lawyers in serious trouble - even more so if the posts are offensive in natu...

> Read more

Slater and Gordon to break from its UK arm

Australia-based law firm Slater and Gordon has announced it will part ways with its UK arm. The firm, which has its headquarters in Melbourne, said that the break would “enable both the Australian and UK operations to succeed in their own right”. Slater and Gordon handed control of its UK business to its senior lenders.

 

> Read more

London Acid Attacks: The rise in crimes involving corrosive substances

On July 17th 2017, a 16-year-old was charged with one count of wounding, and five counts of attempted grievous bodily harm, in relation to five acid attacks carried out over the course of 90 minutes in East London. These latest attacks come less than a month after Jameel Muhktar and Resham Khan had a corrosive substance thrown on them in what is now being treated as a hate crime. Police Chief C...

> Read more

Talking International Secondments with RPC's Sophie Tuson

We wanted to give you the lowdown on what life was actually like on an International Secondment, so we sat down to talk it through with Sophie Tuson of RPC, who is currently completing a placement in Singapore with the firm. 

> Read more

On the Job: Litigation

In order to get more of a handle on what actually makes up the processes of working in litigation, we thought it would be good to get the thoughts of someone who knew it first hand. We spoke to Rebecca May, who works in the litigation department at RPC, and asked her to walk us through some of the more complex steps of a litigation case. 

> Read more

Pro Bono: Nottingham Law School

Here at AllAboutLaw we thought it would be interesting to get you the lowdown on the different aspects of Pro Bono work in a Law School setting, so we spoke to Brogan and Callum, who are Legal assistants in the Legal Advice Centre at Nottingham Law School, to get their perspective. 

> Read more

A Day in the Life - Ben Smith, Second Seat Trainee at BLP

We wanted to get the lowdown  for you on what life was like in Corporate Finance Law and at BLP, so we sat down for a chat with Ben Smith, who is a second seat trainee currently focused on the Corporate Finance sector. 

> Read more

AAL Insight: WannaCry and the NHS

In May, a devastating cyber attack infected computers in 150 countries around the world, leaving many without access to basic cyber functions. In the UK, the worst affected organisation was the NHS, who were left stranded whilst treating patients. But what was the software, how does it work and who was behind the attack?

> Read more

AAL Insight: Nestle v Cadbury – The Kit-Kat Case

It might sound like a tasty little case, but as Nestle has found out, there’s very little sweet about the trademarking battle that they’ve been having out with major rivals Cadbury over the distinctive shape of a Kit-Kat. AllAboutLaw investigated further.

> Read more

AAL Insight: Politics and Religion in Indonesia

Indonesia might seem like a world away from the UK, but it’s an exceptionally important state for the wellbeing world politics. Recent revelations have seen a Christian governor in a Muslim state, jailed for blasphemy, igniting the debate over whether a democracy can work if it is governed by religious principles. Jack J Collins weighed it up.

> Read more

AAL Insight: Freedom of Information changes provoke outrage

In the latest instalment of the battle for freedom of information and press freedoms, campaigners have begun warning that whistleblowers and journalists are under threat of being imprisoned for the revealing of sensitive documents, even if they’re in the public interest.

> Read more

AAL Insight: Social Media Targeting Voters

An investigation has been launched into the methods which political parties use to target voters on social media, and the parties have been warned that if they’re using distinct data on individuals in order to decide who to target, then they could be at risk of falling foul of the law.

> Read more

General Election – Housing

In our last breakdown of the key battlegrounds of the General Election which is due on June 8th, we take a look at the Housing pledges which have come in each of the key parties’ manifestos.

> Read more

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Dangerous drivers who cause death to receive life sentences, ministers rule

People who cause death by dangerous driving are subject to lengthy custodial sentences, and a recent ruling has increased the maximum they could serve to life imprisonment.

> Read more

Acid attackers to be subject to ‘two strikes’ rule

Individuals carrying acidic substances will be subject to a ‘two strikes’ rule, where if they are caught with a corrosive substance on more than one occasion they will receive a six-month custodial sentence.

> Read more

Are flexible working hours and a law career mutually exclusive? Not anymore.

As an aspiring lawyer, you may not have considered flexible working hours - given the corporate intensity of the legal sector, you might not even know that it is an option. But flexibility is now trickling its way through the legal world and is a possibility at some of the biggest law firms. Matthew Kay is the director at Vario, Pinsent Masons’ flexible working initiative. He writes a...

> Read more

The University of Law launches new solicitor apprenticeship programme

The University of Law (ULaw) has launched a new solicitor apprenticeship programme for 2017. The programme, which started on 25th September, is designed to create successful partnerships between the University, employers and apprentices to meet the requirements of the Government’s employer-led trailblazer standard for solicitor qualification.

> Read more

New mental health initiative for barristers

As World Mental Health Day is recognised today (Tuesday 10th October 2017), organisations large and small are pledging their commitment to ensuring positive mental health within the workplace. Fortunately, the legal sphere is no exception. The Bar Council has proposed the introduction of a new measure to recognise efforts across the Bar in sustaining good mental health.

> Read more

Lavinia Woodward - complaints against judge who sentenced Oxford student dropped

The judge who presided over the much-debated case of Lavinia Woodward will not be investigated further by the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO). Ian Pringle QC was criticised for sentencing Woodward to a ten-month suspended custodial sentence after she stabbed her boyfriend in the leg. His reasoning attracted criticism - he focused on Woodward’s educational background - s...

> Read more

Top law firms recognised in AllAboutLaw Awards 2017

AllAboutLaw.co.uk recognised the top law firms for vacation schemes and training contracts in its annual AllAboutLaw Awards. The awards ceremony was held on Monday 2nd October 2017, and representatives from some of the biggest firms in the legal industry gathered to celebrate their successes, and those of their peers.

> Read more

Gender pay gap at the top - women paid around £12,000 less

Women who hold managerial positions are being paid significantly less than their male counterparts, recent studies have shown. There are 3.3 million managers in the UK, and the gender pay gap for this entire group stands at 26.8%.

> Read more

“It’s a medical issue” - Pregnancy doctors reach consensus that abortion should not be a crime

After holding a debate on the issue, the Council for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have spoken out against abortion being classed as a criminal offence. As it stands, a woman who has an abortion without the prior approval of two doctors is liable for prosecution and could serve a prison sentence.

> Read more

Child sexual abuse: refusing to compensate is “unacceptable”, says children’s commissioner for England

Anne Longfield, the children's commissioner for England, has condemned draft sexual abuse charges, calling on David Lidington to change them.

> Read more

Uber-no-more: ride-hailing service to lose London operating license

Your days of being driven home from a night out in a Toyota Prius are officially numbered: Transport For London will not be renewing Uber's licence to operate in London. The ride-hailing service has 21 days to appeal the decision, but otherwise, Uber will lose permission to operate on the capital's roads on 30th September 2017. TFL cited a number of legal transgressions that led them to...

> Read more

Lord Chief Justice calls for double sentencing powers

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the lord chief justice, has called for magistrates to have more weighted sentencing powers. He has said that Magistrates’ power should be increased to so that they can hand down one-year jail sentences to offenders.

> Read more

Grenfell Tower fire: individual manslaughter charges may be sought alongside corporate manslaughter charges

The police officers investigating the Grenfell Tower fire have identified 336 different organisations who had ‘varying degrees of involvement’ in the disaster - some of which could be charged with corporate or personal manslaughter.

> Read more

DUP Deal - “cash-for votes exchange” requires approval of parliament

The deal made between the government and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) must be approved by Parliament before it goes ahead, it has been revealed. The legality of the deal, which pledges £1bn to Northern Ireland in exchange for the backing of 10 DUP MPs on key votes, has been called into question by Gina Miller.

> Read more

Rape trials: Half of jurors make guilty verdict before deliberation

New research has shown that nearly half of jurors in rape cases come to a guilty verdict before deliberation, indicating a predictive relationship between juror demographics, personal experience, and psychological make up. This in turn has an impact upon verdicts in rape cases.

> Read more

David Lammy exposes ‘racial bias’ in the criminal justice system

David Lammy has written a report which addresses the ‘racial bias’ within the criminal justice system. Written at the request of the British prime minister, Lammy’s report highlights the disproportionate number of black and ethnic minority males involved in the justice council.

> Read more

CPS addresses cases thrown out in relation to the Psychoactive Substances Law

Just one year after its introduction, the Psychoactive Substances law has fallen under scrutiny after two separate cases were thrown out.

> Read more

“Offensive” and “pejorative”: SRA warns lawyers about inappropriate use of social media

The SRA has warned solicitors about inappropriate emails and social media posts, with some of the worst offenders being fined thousands of pounds for inappropriate online behaviour. In the legal profession, where confidentiality and client privacy are of paramount importance, oversharing on social media could land lawyers in serious trouble - even more so if the posts are offensive in natu...

> Read more

Slater and Gordon to break from its UK arm

Australia-based law firm Slater and Gordon has announced it will part ways with its UK arm. The firm, which has its headquarters in Melbourne, said that the break would “enable both the Australian and UK operations to succeed in their own right”. Slater and Gordon handed control of its UK business to its senior lenders.

 

> Read more

London Acid Attacks: The rise in crimes involving corrosive substances

On July 17th 2017, a 16-year-old was charged with one count of wounding, and five counts of attempted grievous bodily harm, in relation to five acid attacks carried out over the course of 90 minutes in East London. These latest attacks come less than a month after Jameel Muhktar and Resham Khan had a corrosive substance thrown on them in what is now being treated as a hate crime. Police Chief C...

> Read more

Talking International Secondments with RPC's Sophie Tuson

We wanted to give you the lowdown on what life was actually like on an International Secondment, so we sat down to talk it through with Sophie Tuson of RPC, who is currently completing a placement in Singapore with the firm. 

> Read more

On the Job: Litigation

In order to get more of a handle on what actually makes up the processes of working in litigation, we thought it would be good to get the thoughts of someone who knew it first hand. We spoke to Rebecca May, who works in the litigation department at RPC, and asked her to walk us through some of the more complex steps of a litigation case. 

> Read more

Pro Bono: Nottingham Law School

Here at AllAboutLaw we thought it would be interesting to get you the lowdown on the different aspects of Pro Bono work in a Law School setting, so we spoke to Brogan and Callum, who are Legal assistants in the Legal Advice Centre at Nottingham Law School, to get their perspective. 

> Read more

A Day in the Life - Ben Smith, Second Seat Trainee at BLP

We wanted to get the lowdown  for you on what life was like in Corporate Finance Law and at BLP, so we sat down for a chat with Ben Smith, who is a second seat trainee currently focused on the Corporate Finance sector. 

> Read more

AAL Insight: WannaCry and the NHS

In May, a devastating cyber attack infected computers in 150 countries around the world, leaving many without access to basic cyber functions. In the UK, the worst affected organisation was the NHS, who were left stranded whilst treating patients. But what was the software, how does it work and who was behind the attack?

> Read more

AAL Insight: Nestle v Cadbury – The Kit-Kat Case

It might sound like a tasty little case, but as Nestle has found out, there’s very little sweet about the trademarking battle that they’ve been having out with major rivals Cadbury over the distinctive shape of a Kit-Kat. AllAboutLaw investigated further.

> Read more

AAL Insight: Politics and Religion in Indonesia

Indonesia might seem like a world away from the UK, but it’s an exceptionally important state for the wellbeing world politics. Recent revelations have seen a Christian governor in a Muslim state, jailed for blasphemy, igniting the debate over whether a democracy can work if it is governed by religious principles. Jack J Collins weighed it up.

> Read more

AAL Insight: Freedom of Information changes provoke outrage

In the latest instalment of the battle for freedom of information and press freedoms, campaigners have begun warning that whistleblowers and journalists are under threat of being imprisoned for the revealing of sensitive documents, even if they’re in the public interest.

> Read more

AAL Insight: Social Media Targeting Voters

An investigation has been launched into the methods which political parties use to target voters on social media, and the parties have been warned that if they’re using distinct data on individuals in order to decide who to target, then they could be at risk of falling foul of the law.

> Read more

General Election – Housing

In our last breakdown of the key battlegrounds of the General Election which is due on June 8th, we take a look at the Housing pledges which have come in each of the key parties’ manifestos.

> Read more

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