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Pupillage Applications: Surviving Rejection

Sophia Stapleton, winner of the inaugural ICLR Pupillage Award, offers some advice based on her own experience in applying for, and getting, a pupillage.   “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein   Getting pupillage can be hard. A rejection does not mean that all Continue reading

The ICLR Pupillage Award’s first winner: Sophia Stapleton

This is the first year that the ICLR have given a pupillage award, which is worth £12,000 for a barrister, taken on as a pupil in a set of chambers doing mainly publicly funded work, and in receipt of an existing pupil award from those chambers of no more than £14,000. The award was launched Continue reading

Bundles of joy – CPR Practice Direction 52C, para 33

Law reporters have always depended on the goodwill of advocates and instructing solicitors in providing copies of pleadings, skeleton arguments and authorities bundles to help in the process of reporting important precedents. In the past, such help was sought and given unofficially. Although there has been a series of practice directions on how court bundles Continue reading

Panama papers: take legal professional privilege and a little iniquity…

Guest post by David Burrows   Confidentiality, privilege and the Panama papers The leak of information from a firm of Panama lawyers – the Panama papers – raises a variety of questions for English lawyers, notably in the areas of confidentiality and of legal professional privilege (LPP). Papers held by a lawyer are confidential – Continue reading

PRIME – Opening up the legal profession

What does diversity look like in the legal profession? How can law firms do more to encourage applicants from less privileged backgrounds? Are there relevant differences between law firms and their corporate clients, such as Tesco or the National Grid? Are there regulatory constraints which prevent the professions from opening up different ways in? These Continue reading

McKenzie Friends: a litigant’s guide

The continued reduction in legal aid in cases involving family law, housing disputes etc, means that many people going to court are finding they have no choice but to represent themselves or try to get some help from someone other than an expensive lawyer. One such resource is a ‘McKenzie friend’. In this post we explain what Continue reading

CSA Inquiry – will chair be shown the door?

Fiona Woolf, who has been appointed to chair the government inquiry into historic child sex abuse (CSA), recently appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons, effectively to answer the charge that she was not a suitable or proper person to undertake the role. She was appointed after the resignation of Continue reading

Principles on social media conduct for lawyers

Given the popularity of social media among members of the legal profession, particularly Twitter (an ideal medium for the robust adversarial exchange of views), it is not surprising that regulatory bodies should wish to promote its use in a responsible and professional manner. This post was updated on 12 July 2014. The International Bar Association Continue reading