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Law news for aspiring barristers and solicitors

Weekly law news update for graduates

Updated every Thursday morning, we give you the essential information you need to keep on top of your applications and raise your commercial awareness for interviews or meetings with law recruiters. We’ve also added some other titbits of information that might interest you.

The pupillage fair returns, business lending, protester extinction and a whistleblowing judge

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What you MUST know:

The Pupillage Fair returns

There is no better way to find out whether you’re made for the Bar than talking to barristers at the TARGETjobs National Pupillage Fair, hosted in the beautiful grounds of Gray’s Inn. Chambers from all areas of practice set up camp for one day to meet and greet the potential next generation of barristers. Alongside chambers, course providers and other organisations essential to your career, we also host a talks programme on different areas of law, where you can hear first hand what it’s like to be on your feet in court and navigate the first years in practice.

If you want more information to make your application stand out and the opportunity to grab a sackful of publications (and chambers’ freebies), attend the TARGETjobs National Pupillage Fair on 30 November 2019 at Gray’s Inn. This event is free, but registration is required.

What is the SQE and do you need it?

The new qualification for aspiring solicitors – the solicitors qualifying examination (SQE) – is due to replace the current qualification(s) from 2021.

You can find out what this means for non-law graduates considering a conversion course (graduate diploma in law, commonly called the GDL), what the implications are for training contracts and how the new SQE will be run by reading our guide to how the SQE super exam may affect graduates.

What you SHOULD know:

Banks balk at business lending

A banking sector survey indicates that banks will reduce lending to businesses at the end of this year in a fashion not seen since the financial crisis in 2008. The survey by the Bank of England suggests that the reduction in lending is a response to rising defaults and a fall in demand. Brexit uncertainty is thought to be affecting customer demand for credit and causing businesses to have problems with repayments.

Click the story headline to read more from The Guardian.

Protesters to be extinct

Extinction rebellion lawyers have filed for an urgent judicial review after more than 1,000 protesters were arrested. Protesters ignored a section 14 police order banning protests across the capital and chose to demonstrate outside of the Google headquarters in London. A recent investigation by The Guardian newspaper revealed that Google had made contributions to well-known climate change deniers in the US.

Click the story headline to read more from The Guardian.

Of interest:

Judgement call

A judge who raised concerns about security, administrative failures and workload in courtrooms has had her status as a whistleblower upheld by the Supreme Court. Warrington district judge Claire Gilham made the comments to senior court staff in the wake of major cuts to the Ministry of Justice budget in 2010. She claims she was subsequently bullied and inadequate steps were taken to support her return to work. The judgment clarifies the status of judges as workers and means that the case can be heard at an employment tribunal.

Click the story headline to read more from the BBC.

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