In-House Training Contracts? The future of flexible lawyering

There are various companies who are authorised to provide in-house training contracts. This type of training differs from private practice as the company you work for is effectively your client. Approximately 500 companies are allowed to offer training contracts in the UK, but these businesses tend to only recruit as and when they are needed.[…]

Contax to be launching their App in 2019

Contax Law have some exciting news – we will be launching our new App in 2019! What is the app for?  We appreciate how busy our CX lawyers lives are. Our contractors are on-the-go people who may not have the time to constantly check our LinkedIn or website for new job postings. So we have[…]

SMCR will not cover Heads of Legal

Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SMCR) was implemented in March 2016 by the UK Regulators, namely the FCA and the PRA. The legislation aimed at extending regulatory accountability to senior managers within top banks. This was an attempt to reduce corruption and increase compliance within the UK’s financial services market. In July 2018, the FCA[…]

MoJ network repeatedly crashes across England and Wales

The UK Courts’ main computer network has experienced repeated crashes over the last week. The problems have caused thousands of cases to be disrupted and delayed across England and Wales. The issues affected The Common Platform programme, a shared system between the police, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service and the Crown Prosecution Service. This[…]

KPMG has opened an associate law firm in Hong Kong

KPMG has announced their latest expansion. The professional services firm has opened an associate law firm in Hong Kong, with future plans to open a further firm in Shanghai later this year. The Hong Kong firm will be known as SF Lawyers. It plans to hire 4 senior lawyers and 2 senior associates over the[…]

May’s Brexit deal gets voted down in historic defeat

Yesterday, Theresa May’s Brexit deal was voted down in a historic Commons defeat. The deal was rejected by 230 votes: the largest defeat for a sitting government in history. Corbyn issued a vote of no confidence in the government, set to take place tonight, which could trigger a general election. It is advised that businesses[…]

2019 marks 100 years of women in law

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which made it, for the first time, possible for women to qualify as barristers or solicitors. Four women from Oxbridge who had received first class degrees were finally allowed to pass their Solicitors exams to become lawyers. We all remember the case of[…]

Will Brexit harm UK patent law?

Patent lawyers from England and Wales are to visit the US this spring for a series of roadshows, aimed and sending across the message that their work will be unaffected by Brexit.  The roadshows will take place in Washington DC, Boston and San Francisco with the new president of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys[…]

Uber loses its latest appeal in UK employment case

On the 19th December 2018, the Court of Appeal handed down their judgement in Uber v Aslam, Farrar & Ors, concerning the legal status of their drivers. Uber was challenged by two drivers, Yaseen Aslam and James Farrar, who argued they should be entitled to worker’s rights. Master of the rolls Sir Terence Etherton, along with[…]

How Does Working In-House Differ from Private Practice?

Working as an in-house lawyer tends to be seen as a very different experience than working in private practice. It is not only the environment or pay that differs, but also the type of work you are doing. As a private practice lawyer, your aim is to generate revenue and income for the firm. In-house[…]