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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.

Pupillage interviews, TARGETjobs National Pupillage Fair 2017 videos, Inside City Law, the new SQE super exam, the Next pay dispute, un-cooperative retailers and a ban on Britain First

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What you MUST know:

Start swotting up for pupillage interviews

We wish all of you applying for pupillage this year the very best of luck. There may be just enough time to breathe a sigh of relief and to take a break from the screen, but don’t forget that you could be called to a pupillage interview in future. If you need any help, as always, we’ve got you covered. Check out our guide to how you can prepare for pupillage applications for more help and advice.

Advice directly from the Pupillage Fair 2017

Last year’s TARGETjobs National Pupillage Fair took place on Saturday 25 November 2017 and, from what we’ve heard from you and from chambers, was a tremendous success. Each year, TARGETjobs Law hosts a programme of recorded talks by practising barristers and other Bar-related organisations to make your applications, interviews and career decisions that little bit easier. You’ll seldom have the chance to see such candid conversations outside of chambers about the nature of the work, so give them a watch by clicking here: TARGETjobs National Pupillage Fair 2017 talks programme videos.

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 2020. On 8 March, however, the Legal Services Board (LSB) put off (for the second time) making a decision on whether or not to approve plans for this centralised solicitors’ super-exam after the proposals came under new criticism. The LSB has said that it would not make a decision before 12 April 2018.

TARGETjobs Law Solicitors explains what the proposed changes mean for you if you’re currently studying for a degree and what your qualification options are pre- and post-2020.

You can also find out what this means for non-law graduates considering a 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 will affect graduates.

What you SHOULD know:

Next falls into warehouse shop floor pay gap

Clothing retailer Next is the latest business to face a lawsuit from its mainly female shop floor staff over pay equality with its predominantly male warehouse staff. The equal pay claim is seeking up to £30m in back pay. More than 300 workers have registered for the claim so far. The employees state that they are paid £7.50 per hour for work equal to that of their warehouse counterparts, who they say are paid an average of £2 per hour more. The number of workers registered for the claim could reach up to 5,000.

This is the first time a major equal pay claim has been brought against a fashion retailer, but similar lawsuits are already in action against the UK’s three major supermarket chains: Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s. Tesco could be facing a claim of up to £4bn in back pay from thousands of its shop workers.

Click the story headline to read more from The Guardian.

Not cooperating with suppliers

The Co-operative Group is being investigated by regulators over mistreatment of its suppliers. The supermarket has already been forced to pay £500,000 to suppliers over its methods for delisting products and demanding fees over comparison and quality exercises.

The Groceries Code Adjudicator is currently speaking with the retailer suppliers to determine the extent of the issue. It is due to focus on whether suppliers were delisted with inappropriate or non-existent notice periods.

Click the story headline to read more from The Telegraph.

Of interest:

A very British ban

Internet giant Facebook has banned far-right extremist political party Britain First from using its platform for hate speech. The company stated that the group had posted content that was clearly not acceptable and designed to incite animosity and hatred against minority groups.

Last week the leaders of the far-right extremist group, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, were jailed for several counts of religiously-aggravated harassment. The couple had targeted people they (incorrectly) believed were involved in an ongoing rape trial. Kent Police broke with tradition and protocol to release images of the pair in custody, due to the effect that their crimes had inflicted on the local community.

Click the story headline to read more from The Guardian.

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