Beware the wonga: breaking the pay day loan cycle
Alan Titchmarsh Show / In the News

Beware the wonga: breaking the pay day loan cycle

Approximately two million adults in the UK have taken out a pay day loan in the past year and demand continues to rocket, providing lenders with headline making profits.  The amount of money being borrowed by cash-strapped workers is reported to have tripled over the last 18 months to an average of £660. Pay day loans aren’t illegal. … Continue reading

Lawyers not immune to social media mishaps
Employment Issues / Social Media

Lawyers not immune to social media mishaps

A trainee solicitor with one of the world’s top legal firms now faces the possibility of dismissal following the reporting of an online video in which he describes his role as “f***ing people over for money”. The Clifford Chance trainee, whose name has not been disclosed, was seen in a video interview with Oxford University student … Continue reading

PODCAST: Why I turned down a university place to become a legal executive
Legal Cheek

PODCAST: Why I turned down a university place to become a legal executive

PODCAST: Alex Aldridge and Kevin Poulter discuss alternative routes with Rhys Bevan Is Rhys Bevan (pictured) crazy? Why would anyone in their right mind reject a place at one of the top universities in the country to go and do an unglamorous legal apprenticeship at a local authority? Actually, though, when 24 year-old Bevan explains his career … Continue reading

Will Legal Apprenticeships be a Bar to social mobility?
Solicitors Journal

Will Legal Apprenticeships be a Bar to social mobility?

Kevin Poulter sees solicitors adapting to austere times and firms nurturing the very best of our future lawyers, but is the Bar prepared to do the same? Last month saw the sixth National Apprenticeship Week and the formal launch of the Higher Apprenticeship in Legal Services, supported by Skills for Justice and the National Apprenticeship … Continue reading

PODCAST: The fight to protect the brand of ‘solicitor’ from the ABS barbarians
Legal Cheek

PODCAST: The fight to protect the brand of ‘solicitor’ from the ABS barbarians

PODCAST: Kevin Poulter and Alex Aldridge discuss the brand of solicitor with Heather Iqbal-Rayner The momentum may be with Alternative Business Structures (ABSs) right now as they pour through the newly removed gates to providing legal services – but high street solicitors still have a few secret weapons up their sleeves. For example, they can … Continue reading