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    Anywhere and everywhere

    19 October 2020

    Global legal networks, once viewed as the ‘poor relations’, are coming into their own in the crisis. 

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    Shaken foundations

    19 October 2020

    The impact of Covid-19 dominated discussions at the Law Society’s 19th National Property Conference. But amid the uncertainty, the pandemic has helped to speed up much-needed innovation, including electronic signatures. 

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    Putting white supremacy on trial

    12 October 2020

    Nelson Mandela’s courtroom battle.

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    When rights came home

    12 October 2020

    With another lord chancellor gunning for the 20-year-old Human Rights Act, how do lawyers evaluate its legacy? Melanie Newman reports.

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    Africa – new opportunities

    12 October 2020

    ‘The best place to look for international growth’.

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    Tools for the job

    5 October 2020

    The stakes are high when recruiting in the middle of a global pandemic. Virtual interviews are the new normal but they come with complications, reports Maria Shahid.

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    Press SEND

    28 September 2020

    The Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal is a thorn in the side of local councils. Campaigners and disability charities are determined to keep it that way.

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    Widening the net

    28 September 2020

    Many legal employers are working hard to improve the profession’s record in diversity and inclusion. But as Maria Shahid discovers at a virtual conference, much more needs to be done to overhaul recruitment processes and expand the talent pool.

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    Riding the swell

    21 September 2020

    Tech is enabling law firms to stay afloat in the pandemic, but ultimately we will all need to swim out of our Covid-19 caves and break out of survival mode.

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    Home improvements?

    21 September 2020

    Rishi Sunak threw money at a moribund housing market, sparking a mini-boom as lockdown lifted. Residential property lawyers sighed with relief – but will the recovery endure? 

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    A new ‘chapter’ for insolvency law

    14 September

    The coronavirus pandemic ushered in far-reaching changes to insolvency law – creating new winners and losers. 

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    Running for cover

    7 September 2020

    Law firms must brace themselves for big increases in indemnity premiums. Eduardo Reyes takes the pulse of a rapidly hardening market.

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    How to: Retire

    27 July 2020

    Retirement can herald the happiest days of a lawyer’s life – or the start of a new career. Jonathan Rayner talks to three solicitors about how they have made the most of their golden years.

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    Labour pains

    27 July 2020

    New employment tribunals president Barry Clarke wants the system’s reputation to emerge from the crisis enhanced. It’s a tough ask, hears Melanie Newman.

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    Law Society spotlight: July’s Council meeting

    27 July 2020

    Council met remotely on 15 July.

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    Making do

    20 July 2020

    An embattled manufacturing sector is making increasingly complex demands of its legal advisers.

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    Taken to the brink

    20 July 2020

    As we await the Ministry of Justice’s annual report, Melanie Newman canvasses practitioners about how the department is performing.

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    Uneasy Street

    13 July 2020

    Lockdown has laid bare the vulnerabilities of our under-resourced legal ecosystem. Housing law is among the most exposed areas.

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    Rates of inflection

    13 July 2020

    The pandemic has forced law firms to recognise that digital transformation is key to future success, but which Covid-driven changes will become part of business as usual?

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    A new world of work

    6 July 2020

    As lockdown restrictions ease, the general consensus is that the government’s furlough scheme has only delayed inevitable redundancies. But many working in legal recruitment remain cautiously optimistic, reports Maria Shahid