Law Society Legal News Summary 25 November 2021

 Hearing from the president 

Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce features in an episode of podcast The Hearing from Thomson Reuters where she talks about her route to becoming president and her mission to make the Law Society more inclusive and diverse.

Pay and working conditions for junior lawyers 

Manda Banerji, chair of our junior lawyers division, is quoted in City A.M. discussing pay for junior lawyers. 

"Junior lawyers are prepared to work hard," she said, "but not at the expense of their health. Nobody gets paid enough to get ill."

SRA plans to end SIF and PSYROC 

City A.M.New Law JournalInside Conveyancing and the Gazette report our criticism of the SRA's proposal to end the provision of post six-year run off cover (PSYROC), effectively closing the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). 

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Afghan judges hunted by ex-prisoners 

The New Law Journal covers our concerns for judges and other justice sector workers in Afghanistan after we received scores of desperate messages. We have called on the government to assist with safe passage for legal professionals. 

I. Stephanie Boyce said: "Judges, lawyers, prosecutors and others who worked in the justice system tell us they are receiving death threats from the Taliban and prisoners they helped convict – many of them terrorists – who are now roaming the country seeking revenge on those who brought them to justice." 

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Legal aid deserts 

In Common mentions our legal aid deserts research in a piece examining the shrinking of legal aid and access to justice 

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Project Rise 

A cross-firm scheme initiated by the Law Society of England and Wales' Lawyers with Disabilities Division (LDD) which is seeking to encourage more part-time qualifying opportunities to be offered as a matter of course in the legal sector is covered by Legal Futures. 

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Social Mobility Index 

Law firms feature prominently in the Social Mobility Foundation's 2021 employer index, reports the Gazette. 

Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce said: "We are delighted to see the legal sector featuring so prominently on the 2021 Social Mobility Index. It is heartening to see the measures some firms have taken to advance social mobility, such as running virtual events with partners to inform students about apprenticeship programmes and offering mentoring programmes for applicants from lower socio-economic backgrounds."

Trade delegation to promote UK legal services in the Middle East 

Legal Brief covers the Ministry of Justice legal services trade mission to the Middle East. Law Society President I. Stephanie Boyce is part of the delegation. 

Antonia Romeo, Ministry of Justice permanent secretary, discusses the trade mission in the Gazette.

Harper's Law 

Richard Atkinson, from our criminal law committee, is quoted in a Guardian piece on Harper's Law, which will bring in mandatory life sentences for offenders who kill emergency service workers.

Also worth a read: 

  • Warrant for solicitor's arrest – Gazette
  • Tragedy at Sea – Guardian
  • Windrush: Call for legal aid cover – Gazette
  • Women being failed by the courts – Times (£)

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