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New Supreme Court president listed as ‘Lord Hale’

The Supreme Court was left a little red-faced this week after a Legal Cheekcommenter rightly pointed out it’d listed Lady Hale as a Lord in her first ever case as president. We reported yesterday that 4 October will be a historic moment for the country’s final appeal court. This is because two women, Lady Hale and Lady…
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It’s official: We now have our first ever female Supreme Court presiden

Lady Hale is now, officially, the first ever female president of the Supreme Court. In her words, it’s a “historic day for the court”. Deputy president Lord Mance, who alongside Hale was sworn in at a charming courtroom one ceremony today, noted: “Hale’s swearing in ceremony is a first in many ways.” “She becomes our…
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Supreme Court’s ground-breaking employment tribunal fees decision – what now?

The decision in the case of UNISON v Lord Chancellor has led to one of the biggest changes in the employment tribunal since the fees regime was introduced in July 2013. Some four years after the introduction of fees in the employment tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), the Supreme Court has ruled that the fees prevented access to…
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BSB unveils radical training proposals that could spell end of 12-month pupillages

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has presented a number of radical new training proposals that could, among other things, introduce a more flexible approach to pupillage and put an end to compulsory Inns of Court dining sessions. The regulator, in a consultation paper released this week, has suggested that the standardised 12-month pupillage could be scrapped,…
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Studying at Cambridge and plenty of work experience — but are my A-levels holding me back?

I am an LLB graduate and aspiring corporate solicitor hoping to qualify in London. I was hoping to get some perspective/advice on my situation. I moved from France aged 16 and started my A-levels in the UK. Because of the difficulties that come with studying in a new language I attained grades ACC, which was…
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Judge cleared of making inappropriate remarks in modern slavery case

A crown court judge has been cleared of making inappropriate comments about Travellers when sentencing 11 members of the same family for modern slavery offences. After a two-week review, the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) has rejected the complaint against Judge Timothy Spencer QC. Addressing members of the Rooney family from Lincolnshire as he sentenced them…
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