The kids aren’t alright: the state junior lawyers are in
Solicitors Journal

The kids aren’t alright: the state junior lawyers are in

Ten years on from joining his local Trainee Solicitors Group, Kevin Poulter believes supporting young lawyers is more important than ever Some might say that life for junior lawyers has changed immeasurably over the past decade. But has it? The price of education has certainly ballooned, in terms of university costs, LPC/GDL fees and living … Continue reading

Social media turns up heat on SMEs
Social Media

Social media turns up heat on SMEs

The rise of social media is having ‘devastating consequences’ on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) who are suffering reputational damage when communities turn against them. The BBC has reported that one such business has been damaged by comments made in an “untrue and misleading” social media campaign over hygiene standards. Takings are said to have dropped … 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

Probation officers ‘gagged’ by Grayling
Employment Issues / Social Media

Probation officers ‘gagged’ by Grayling

The Guardian has reported that the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, has issued instructions that probation officers face the risk of disciplinary action if they publicly criticise him or his plans on Twitter or other social media. The ban follows the announcement of Grayling’s controversial plans to outsource 70% of the probation officers’ work with offenders. The gag … Continue reading