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Lawyers in government

OU graduate, James Coupe, explains what life is life as a Government Legal Department trainee looks like and how his assessment day was structured. Day to day work as a GLD trainee What does the average day in the life of a Government Legal Department (GLD) trainee look like?...

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The Secret Barrister, Barrister strikes and a £15 million pay out!

Criminal barristers have recently taken a vote and accepted a £15 million pay out from the government to stop strikes against the new Advocates Graduate Fee Scheme. To the lay person the offer on the table seems more than reasonable but when things are put into perspective is £15m...

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Third woman in history appointed to UK Supreme Court

The Supreme Court judges as of October 2017

Amongst the three judges appointed to the supreme court yesterday was Lady Justice Arden DBE, who becomes the third woman to be appointed as a Supreme Court judge since its creation in 2009.  Lady Arden will sit alongside Lady Hale, the first woman to be appointed to the role...

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Walking for justice with the OULS

Walking for justice with the OULS

It was 2pm on Monday 21 May 2018 when it started to rain. I have no doubt that, like me,  all the people participating in the  14th annual,  London legal Walk thought as ‘oh bugger!’ Our team, met in a coffee shop to change into our tee shirts before taking...

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The rise of ‘Private’ Justice

The rise of 'Private' Justice

On the 9th May 2018 the Private Prosecutors’ Association (PPA) was officially launched, arising from the fact that private prosecutions are becoming more frequent. The chair of the newly launched PPA highlighted the growth in private prosecutions, and called for a much needed code of conduct for prosecution providers. She said; “We...

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Negotiation for law students: Important sources for additional experience

Negotiation for law students: Important sources for additional experience

No matter what stage of your studies you’re at, reading about negotiation is a smart idea. You also need to practice your negotiation skills regularly, even at the start of your legal studies. Each day you should focus on conversations where you listen to others whilst actively developing your...

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UK intentions ‘patently’ clear – Unified Patent Court Agreement ratified on World IP Day

UK intentions 'patently' clear - Unified Patent Court Agreement ratified on World IP Day

  In an announcement on the 26th April 2018, Minister for IP Sam Gyimah MP confirmed that the UK Government had ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement. This announcement coincided perfectly with World Intellectual Property Day 2018. This news means that eyes will now turn to legal challenges against...

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