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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.

TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair 2017, hate crime spike, juniors under pressure at criminal Bar, children in court.

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What you MUST know:

Save the date: the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair 2017

The UK’s most established pupillage fair returns on Saturday 25 November 2017. If you’ve not been before, the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair is an unmissable date on the calendar for anyone aspiring to the Bar. You have the opportunity to meet members of chambers from different practice areas, course providers and other Bar-related organisations, as well as the chance to make contacts, attend the informative talks programme and learn how to finance your career at the Bar. This also serves as an event that you can put on your CV to boost your pupillage applications. Click here to get your ticket or click the story headline to find out more on the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair homepage.

What you SHOULD know:

Hate crime spike

Hate crime offences rose to record levels this year, surpassing the increases that occurred around the EU referendum in 2016. In the year leading up to October the Home Office announced that instances of hate crime recorded by police had increased 29%. Spikes in the number of recorded offences rose in the direct wake of the terror attacks in London and Manchester.

The Independent has produced a feature that examines whether the police’s attitude towards the reporting and handling of hate crime has changed over the last ten years. The writer takes a look at the case of Fiona Pilkington, who took her own life in a small Leicestershire village in 2007 after suffering recurring abuse from local youth about her disability.

Click the story headline to read more from The Independent.

Juniors under pressure at criminal Bar

The Criminal Bar Association has warned that junior barristers are ‘extremely pressured’ and ‘increasingly fed up’ with the way work is handled by the court system in England and Wales. The Association was responding to a surge in complaints from junior barristers, many of which referred to court listing errors or overbooking. These issues, which lead to struggles with finances and childcare commitments, mean that the pressures have become so great as to cause barristers to refuse briefs for some courts.

The statement from the Association, covered by Legal Futures, states that ‘concerned words about social mobility and diversity’ need to be turned into action if junior barristers are to be retained. The vice-chair Christopher Henley QC warned that there are 50% fewer juniors of five years’ call than ten years ago, and that women and those with childcare responsibilities are particularly affected by the state of the court system and the working environment.

Click the story headline to read more from Legal Futures.

Of interest:

Children in court

Campaigners, judges and children are calling for a change in the law that could allow children to speak in private to a judge when they are the subject of a Family Court case. An estimated 100,000 children are involved in cases in England and Wales, according to guardian services Cafcass.

It is currently not normal practice for children to consult with judges during cases, but reports from Cafcass and interviewees that spoke to the BBC suggested that this can leave children feeling unhappy or mistrustful of the legal process. Lord Justice Jackson spoke to Radio 4 to say that such meetings would need to be carefully planned and warned that not every minor would want to meet a judge as this, in some cases, could be intimidating or even harmful to the child.

Click the links to read the full story from the BBC.

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