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Criminal Legal Aid Funding Plan rejected by Government

Laetitia Ponde Nkot examines in her article the recent government decision to reject criminal legal aid funding.

An Insider’s Guide to Ship Broking and Chartering: What You Need To Know

Dyvia T in her article examines the legal aspects of the maritime sector.

Net Zero by 2050 – Fact or Fiction?

In this article, Bethany Seed considers the challenge of reaching net zero and the efforts that are being undertaken to achieve this goal, while analysing how the fast-fashion and aviation industries are impacting this target.

Article Writing: A Guide for Law Students

In this article, Ola Alice shares some advice to help students improve their written communication.

Landmark Environmental Judgments and their Impact on Industries

In this article, Lauren Bryant considers two recent landmark environmental judgments, their long-term impact, and the broader influence of environmental protection laws on commercial industries.

The storms surrounding the World Cup in the desert

Article by Amwene Etiang Disclaimer: This article is written by Amwene Etiang. Any views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the writers and […]

A Shifting Tide: Strikes and the Law

Article by Isabel Adams Disclaimer: This article is written by Isabel Adams. Any views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the writers and […]

6 Tips to Thrive in Law School

In this article, Sathyani Kotakadeniya shares some top tips for success in law school.

Tips for Final Year Law Students

In this article, Caitlin Graham shares some advice to help law students make the most of their final year.

Scotland decides (with the UK’s permission)

Scotland decides (with the UK’s permission) By Edward St Aubyn Background: This case considered the legal issues of a devolved government holding a referendum without the […]

World Cup Dilemma

Article by Taha Ragheb In a recent issue, Time magazine focused their attention on the world stage of football, the 2022 World Cup, titled ‘The Dangerous […]

What is the future of digital currency following the collapse of FTX?

Article by Olivia Wilson The end of 2022 saw the stunning collapse of FTX, once the second largest crypto exchange in the world. This, unsurprisingly, has […]

How are the big banks doing? A closer look at current developments in the banking industry 

In this article, Ralitsa Stancheva examines the recent notable developments in the banking industry, focusing on the large UK and international banks.

Art and the Law: The Case of the Benin Bronzes

Article by Jessica Williamson With anti-colonial sentiment gaining momentum, amplifying the decades-old call to return the Benin Bronzes to Nigeria, growing pressure is mounting on former […]

Sentencing powers of magistrates increased

Laetitia Ponde Nkot explores in her article the recent increase in the sentencing power of magistrates in England and Wales.

UK Supreme Court Set to Sit in Manchester 2023

Tammy Ho explores in her article plans for the Supreme Court moving out of London to across England.

The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on specific legal sectors

Simmi Kaur examines in his article the impacts of COVID-19 on certain legal sectors.

2022 Qatar World Cup Human Rights Controversies

Article by Caitlin Barry The Football World Cup tournament is a time for sporting celebration but it is difficult to argue that the 2022 event hasn’t […]

Who governs the sea? How the British government fails to control the shipping industry in a crisis

In this article, Melissa Croxford analyses the challenges facing the shipping industry, from an international and domestic perspective.

Introduction to Internships

In this article, Ola Alice discusses the benefits of internships.

Top tips to juggle assignment and exam stress

In this article, Leah Minett shares some top tips to help students tackle stress when it comes to assignments and exams.

The Current Crypto Crisis

In this article, Bethany Seed considers the recent updates surrounding FTX and what its fall means for the cryptocurrency industry.

Structured Finance and Derivatives News – Collateralised Fund Obligations and FX Swaps

In this article, Christopher Green analyses recent updates relating to both collateralised fund obligations and FX swaps.

How to Write a Legal Cover Letter

In this article, Caitlin Graham provides a step-by-step guide on writing legal cover letters.

The vacation scheme process: its importance and why to take part.

In this article, Renee Richards shares some advice on the vacation scheme process for aspiring lawyers.

Primark Set to Open Four New Stores: Is Retail Recovering?

In this article, Rhiya Vaidya explores Primark’s growth, the performance of retailers generally, and how lawyers may play a role in the retail industry.

What is Cybersecurity?

In this article, Lauren Bryant describes what cyber security is, while also exploring recent cyber attacks, major types of cyber security and threats, relevant legislation, and the future of cyber security.

What are the legal implications for the booming podcast sector?

Article by Thea Schirvanian Podcasting is currently one of the hottest forms of media. The once go-to media choice of the tech savvy is now gaining […]

Fracking, what are the implications?

Article by Thea Schirvanian In 2019 the government issued a press release from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announcing the end of […]

Competition law in development

Laetitia Ponde Nkot in her article examines an expected rise in demand for competition lawyers and the decline in demand for corporate lawyers,

Is the Shipping Cycle in its collapse stage?

Divya explores in her article the current state of the shipping industry and its impact on lawyers in the field.

Interview Tips

In this article, Ola Alice shares some top tips for aspiring lawyers looking to successfully impress at interviews with law firms.

The SQE1 Revision Guide

Article by Anna Mueller This guide outlines five tips when preparing to sit the SQE1 assessment. Now, whether you will be taking a preparation course or […]

Tips to Succeed First Year as a Law Student

In this article, Renee Richards shares some top tips to help you succeed as a first-year law student.

US Chip Export Restrictions

In this article, Christopher Green considers the reasons for and the impact of the US export controls on the chip market, along with the wider picture of protectionism and trade wars.

Students for Fair Admissions Seek to Take Down Affirmative Action

Article by Jessica Williamson Just months after they overturned the constitutional right to an abortion, the Supreme Court begin deliberations on the lawfulness of affirmative action, […]

How did ‘Crime against Humanity’ charges against Brazil’s former President, Jair Bolsonaro, influence his presidential defeat?

Article by Anna Wallace Following the October (2022) presidential election in Brazil, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Lula) has beaten far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. […]

AI: Genius in every sense of the word?

Article by Amwene Etiang At the age of 16, I went on a trip with some of my friends and they trusted me to choose the […]

The effects of the Bank of England increasing interest rates

In this article, Sameer Chowdhry outlines the effects of the Bank of England increasing interest rates and the implications for law firms.

Book Recommendations for Law Students

In this article, Nicola Gatfield shares her selection of must-read books for law students and aspiring lawyers.

The benefits of law firm Insight Days – and why you should attend them

Insight days provide a great opportunity to learn more about law firms before applying for training contracts. In this article, Leah Minett discusses what often happens during insight days and how students can make the most of these events.

Bad Week for Big Tech

In this article, Bethany Seed considers the challenges facing the Big Tech industry. These include the sinking stock prices, the regulation of Big Tech companies in the financial services sector, and the introduction of the Digital Markets Act 2022.

How to Create a Legal CV

In this article, Caitlin Graham shares some top tips for writing a legal CV that showcases your skills in the best possible way.

Free legal advice increased

Laetitia Ponde Nkot explores in her article an increase in the legal aid fund to support access to justice for victims of domestic violence, and those threatened with eviction from their homes.

Rise of Fee-Share Law Firms

Tammy Ho in her article explores the likely rise of lawyers working in fee-share law firms.

Accessible Laws and Lawyers – a Juxtaposition?

Article by Oliwia Maliszewska Academics and various legal professionals have toyed with the concept of ‘accessibility’ of the law. Perhaps most notably, Lord Bingham detailed in […]

HXA V SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL AND YXA V WOLVERHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL – AN ALTERNATION IN THE AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR FAILURE OF PUBLIC AUTHORITIES TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ABUSE

In this article Olga Kyriakoudi discusses tort law in relation to two markedly significant cases about public authorities and responsibility “The law must be accessible and […]

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority – What is Currently Worth Knowing?

In this article, Ralitsa Stancheva analyses the recent updates concerning the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority, while considering why the UK heads the list of the world’s preferred regulatory regimes for financial services.

Commercial Awareness: What is it?

In this article, Ola Alice discusses the importance of being commercially aware and shares some ways for students to improve their commercial awareness.

Is Civil Disobedience Protected by the Law? The Case of the Colston Four

Article by Jessica Williamson A landmark ruling by a judge strips protestors responsible for criminal damage of their right to rely on human rights defences to […]

Tips for Success in Applications

In this article, Renee Richards shares some top tips to help students successfully complete applications as part of the legal recruitment process.

Chinese Property Crisis

In this article, Christopher Green analyses the causes, the consequences and the bigger picture of China’s spiralling property sector.

Career Advice for Law Students

In this article, Imaan Siddiqui shares some advice to help law students choose the right career path.

The Colston Four

The Colston four

How to improve your employability as a student

In this article, Nicola Gatfield discusses the best ways for students to boost their chances of employment.

Tips on How to Study Effectively

In this article, Sathyani Kotakadeniya shares some top tips on how students can study effectively.

Did David defeat Goliath- the resilience of English law through historical and contemporary challenges

Article by Oliwia Maliszewska Resilience- the ability to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. This article is written in response to the question posed in the […]

Recent Updates in the Technology Industry

Fathima Sayed explores the latest updates in the technology industry, including the lawsuit that Google faces, Adobe buying Figma, and Ethereum’s switch to The Merge.

An Introduction to Different Types of Investment

In this article, Lauren Bryant considers the different types of investments, including NFTs, cryptocurrency, and equities.

Enter the City, Enter the British Inter-University Commercial Awareness Competition (BIUCAC 2022)!

Denis Viskovich, a former City lawyer and visiting lecturer, explains how BIUCAC 2022 aims to level the playing field and help students from non-Russell Group universities gain training contracts at leading City law firms

How to become a self-employed solicitor

Self-employment is becoming a more attractive prospect for professionals in almost every industry – and solicitors are no exception. Not only does self-employment allow you to […]

How to Prepare for Law Exams

In this article, Caitlin Graham shares some top tips on preparing for law exams.

The recent United Nation’s report details possible crimes against humanity for China’s alleged treatment towards its Uyghur population

Article by Anna Wallace Following criticism over China’s vice-president’s, Wang Qisham, attendance of the Queen’s funeral, once again, the world focuses its attention on the alleged […]

The Banking Industry: The US Dollar, Debt and Starling Bank

In this article, Christopher Green analyses the recent updates in the banking industry. This includes considering the reasons for and the impact of both the strength of the US Dollar and the issues Starling is facing.

Removing the Bankers’ Bonus Cap

In this article, Alina Kazmi evaluates the recent decision by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to scrap the bankers’ bonus cap.

Religion and the Law

Article by Amina Benhamouda Religion is only right to govern the law when the majority of people under the jurisdiction of that law are avid followers […]

Case Report: R v Secretary of State for the Home Department

In this article Eniyoma discusses the complex issues surrounding government policy and legal interpretation. Background: This issue at hand in this case was whether it is […]

Basfar v Wong 2020/0155 [2022] UKSC 20

In this article Edward St Aubyn disuses the contentious issues surrounding a diplomat’s immunity in Basfar v Wong Facts This case involved a Saudi Arabian diplomat […]

Units of Attention: A Cautionary tale

Article by Holly Medley What are Units of Attention? Currently most of the UK legal profession is centred on billable hours. The premise being solicitors charge […]

Tips on How to Implement New Habits into Your Life

In this article, Sathyani Kotakadeniya shares some top tips on how to form new habits for a balanced, healthy, and successful life.

Tightening the links on the blockchain: The regulatory advances on cryptocurrency

Kevone Morris explores in his article UK Government Bill to Amend The Proceeds of Crime Act (‘POCA’) 2002 to regulate Crypto Asset Fraud.

Networking: A Step into the Real World

In this article, Ola Alice discusses the importance of networking and shares some tips for successfully building your network.

What is Stamp Duty and How Much Do Different Households Pay?

When you’re buying a house, there’s a whole lot of jargon to wrap your head around. When you’re a lawyer working on a property dispute or […]

Current Affairs Questions

In this article, Imaan Siddiqui shares some advice on answering application and interview questions based on current affairs.

How to Boost your Commercial Awareness

In this article, Leah Minett shares some advice for students looking to become more commercially aware.

Advice for New Law Students from a Recent Graduate

In this article, Nicola Gatfield shares some top tips to help law students succeed during their undergraduate degree.

Impact of the Semiconductor Shortage on the Automotive Industry

In this article, Namrata Ranpuria analyses the semiconductor chip shortage and its impact on the automotive industry. This includes the cause of the shortage, the effect, and what is next.

Germany’s place in the Russian invasion

Article by Taha Ragheb What Russia seeks to achieve from the war After almost half a year of on-going conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Russian forces […]

The Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Article by Rita Al Kordahy Over 80 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced; running away from persecution, armed conflicts, and human rights violations, […]

How to Write a First Class Law Essay

In this article, Caitlin Graham shares some top tips to help law students write a first class essay.

A Fuel Crisis that Continues to Drown the UK

Article by Charlie Finch Living currently in the UK seems to be more about surviving. The country is experiencing one of the worst cost of living […]

R v Maughan (Northern Ireland)

In this article Harish Kapoor discusses the recent case of R v Maughan (Northern Ireland). Background This case surrounds two issues: firstly, whether the term ‘proceedings’; […]

Diversity in Law Firms

Udemeobong Udoeyop in her article explores the current situation of diversity in law firms.

China’s Crimes Against Humanity- The UN Speaks Out

Article by Jessica Williamson Years of abuse of the Uyghur Muslims by the Chinese government has culminated in a damning new report, where compelling evidence of […]

Nationality and Borders Act and the Legal Implications of the Rwanda Asylum Partnership

Demi Akande explores in her article the impact of the Nationality and Borders Act on the UK Asylum system and the legal implications.

Judicial Review: an overview

Article by Sitara Manoj According to a leaked document, Justice Secretary Dominic Raab has proposed a slew of changes to the process of judicial review. According […]

Starting a Legal Podcast as a Student Lawyer

In this article, we explain how to start a legal podcast as a student!

Crown Courts Sentences Televised

Laetitia Ponde Nkot examines in her article the British criminal cases now allowed to be reported live on television under the Crown Court (Recording and Broadcasting) Order 2020. Several actors in the field give their views.

How mediation is used in civil justice systems worldwide

Article written by Anna Mueller   Following the recent article on the newly introduced mandatory mediation in the UK civil justice system, which is used for […]

Effective Note-making

In this article, Sathyani Kotakadeniya shares some tips to help students create an effective system of note-taking.

The Art of Developing Communication

In this article, Imaan Siddiqui shares some tips to help students develop oral and written communication skills.

Interview with Jess Burton, a future trainee solicitor at Linklaters

In this article, Gabrielle Long interviews Jess Burton, a future trainee solicitor at Linklaters. Jess discusses why she decided to complete her training contract at Linklaters, advice on converting vacation schemes to training contracts, as well as some useful resources for improving your commercial awareness!

An ever-increasing chaos? A closer look at the UK’s transport industry

Ralitsa Stancheva analyses the key recent developments in the UK’s transport industry, covering aspects such as fuel prices, public transport strikes, labour shortages, and spaceflights.

Tips for Achieving a First in an LLB Dissertation

Writing a dissertation is undoubtedly one of the most challenging things you’ll do as a law student. In this article, Caitlin Graham shares some top tips for writing a first class LLB dissertation.

A Look at Potential and Current Class-Action Lawsuits in the U.S.

In this article, Sinead B shares some tips for surviving exam season.

Overruling Roe v Wade, Overruling Women’s rights

Article by Holly Medley What is Roe v Wade? Roe v Wade, January 1973, is the famous case where the US Supreme Court legalised abortion by […]

Future of Criminal Bar at Stake

Tammy Ho in his article explores the criminal bar situation, highlighting the importance of government financial support to the future of the bar.

Interview with Constance Campbell, a Trainee Solicitor at Winckworth Sherwood LLP

In this article, Diya Gupta interviews Constance Campbell, a trainee solicitor, who is about to finish her first year of training. Constance provides an insight into her journey so far, seats in Planning and Parliamentary, and ambitions for the future. 

Interview with Jasmine Cracknell, a Trainee Solicitor at Shoosmiths

In this article, Gabrielle Long interviews Jasmine Cracknell, a trainee solicitor at Shoosmiths, currently on secondment at ThoughtRiver. Jasmine discusses how she chose which firms to apply to for training contracts, her experiences during her training contract and secondment so far, and her advice to anyone applying for vacation schemes and training contracts.

How Is the Insurance Industry Navigating Increasing Inflation Rates?

In this article, Lauren Bryant considers the impact of the increasing inflation rates on the insurance industry. Both the risks facing the industry are considered, along with methods to mitigate the impact of inflationary pressures.

The Montreal Protocol: An Environmental Law Success

Article by Rita Al Kordahy The earth has long been facing environmental challenges but it was not until the 1980s that climate change became an international […]

Domestic workers lured into exploitation in the Gulf

Article by Amina Benhammouda Given the exponential growth of the economy in Gulf countries, it would be expected that those that willed this climb up the […]

Mediation made compulsory in the civil justice system in England & Wales

In her article, Laetitia Ponde Nkot explores a potential reform of the civil justice system in England & Wales, rendering mediation compulsory in certain civil affairs.

The highest paying law firms for trainees in 2022

Jonathan Tsang in his article explores the salaries of Magic, Silver Circle, and White Shoe law firms for trainees in 2022.

The Fashion and Beauty Industry: Legal Updates 

In this article, Fathima Sayed explores the legal updates in the fashion and beauty industry, including recent trademark battles and activities in the Chinese market.

The New ‘No Fault Divorce’: The Advantages and Disadvantages

In this article, Nicole Ergis considers the advantages and the disadvantages of the new no fault divorce, as reformed by the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2022.

Work-From-Home (WFH) – a Legal Right?

Article by Rita Al Kordahy Work-from-home made it to headlines near the beginning of July 2022, as the Netherlands becomes the first country that moves to […]

Tips for First Year Students

In this article, Sathyani Kotakadeniya shares some top tips for new law students.

The UK Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX): Purpose and Present Status

In this article, Hannain Osama evaluates the UK Sarbanes-Oxley Act. This includes the background, the proposed reforms, the present status of the audit legislation, and the impact of scaling back the reforms on the UK economy.

5 Crucial Steps to Take After a Workplace Accident

Every year, thousands of workers are injured on the job. An employee may be entitled to compensation if he or she suffers an injury at work. […]

Statutory Sick Pay, Is It in Need of a Cure?

Article by Olivia Wilson   What is Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)?   Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is the minimum amount of money an employer must pay […]

How to ace the Watson Glaser test for training contract applications

For many students, the Watson Glaser test is the most daunting aspect of the assessment process. In this article, Leah Minett outlines what to expect from the test and how to perform well.

The Prevalence of Child Soldiers

Article by Ashlyne Yong “Compelled to become instruments of war, to kill and be killed, child soldiers are forced to give violent expression to the hatreds […]

How to benefit from The Legal Cheek Virtual Vacation Schemes

The Legal Cheek Virtual Vacation Scheme takes place three times a year. In this article, Friyana Guzder shares her top tips to help students make the most of the event.

Interview with Karen Xiong, an Associate at Latham & Watkins

In this article, Diya Gupta interviews Karen Xiong, a qualified solicitor with over four years of experience, who trained at Linklaters and is now an associate at Latham and Watkins. Karen imparts her experiences in the legal world so far and reflects on her journey as a trainee.  

Work Experience

Work experience is essential to develop skills and look appealing to future employers. In this article, Katie Burton shares some top tips to help students find placements.

Windfall Tax – the impact of windfall tax on energy companies and customers in the current climate

Nicole Ergis explores the impact of the windfall tax on energy companies and customers, covering the advantages, disadvantages and legal issues.

A closer look at the UK fashion industry in today’s volatile markets

Ralitsa Stancheva analyses the recent developments in the fashion industry – both the positive and the negative.

Tips to Manage Stress During the Exam Period

In this article, Sathyani Kotakadeniya shares some tips to help students manage stress and improve performance during the exam period.

Making the Most out of Virtual Experience Opportunities

In this article, Friyana Guzder shares some advice on how students can use virtual events and experiences to kickstart their legal careers.

How to Tailor your LinkedIn Profile to Law Firms

In this article, Leah Minett shares some tips to help students boost their LinkedIn profiles and appeal to law firms.

BPP BRIDGE PROGRAMME COURSES

Ella Bromwich in her article explores the new course of the BPP University School of Law ‘ The Bridge Programme’, a free career development course to guide aspiring solicitors and barristers into their future careers.

The debate on euthanasia and assisted suicide: moral contentions and legal implications

Article by Anna Wallace Whilst there is an extensive existing body of literature regarding the moral, medical, and legal ethics of the practises of Euthanasia and […]

Interview with Malcolm Simpson, Managing Partner of Walker Morris LLP

In this article, Jack Charters interviews Malcolm Simpson, managing partner of Walker Morris LLP. In this article, Malcolm discusses the benefits of a varied early career, the importance of finding the firm that is right for you, and the future of working in the legal sector.

Results Month

In this article, Katie Burton shares some tips to help students receive their results and maximise feedback.

Public Prosecutors Office of the Athens Court of Appeal (Appellant) v Connor (AP) (Respondent) (Northern Ireland)

Public Prosecutors Office of the
Athens Court of Appeal (Appellant) v
O'Connor (AP) (Respondent)
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How to Use the Feynman Technique to Learn New Concepts

In this article, Sathyani Kotakadeniya discusses the Feynman technique and using it to study effectively.

Top Tips for Essay Writing

In this article, Sinead B shares some tips for writing essays.

A brief overview of ESG and COP26 including the legal framework

Demi Akande explores in her article ESG following the recent COP 26 climate change conference and its implications for the legal industry.

How Can You Advance Your Career as a New Lawyer?

In this article, Sinead B shares some tips for surviving exam season.

North Sea, offshore wind and small modular reactors – inside the UK’s scramble for ways to solve the cost of living crisis

In this article, Julia Bąk analyses the new UK energy security strategy, including its proposals and limitations.

The Privatisation of Channel 4

In this article, Lauren Bryant discusses the privatisation of Channel 4, including the potential benefits and the drawbacks and risks.

Managing Stress as a Student

In this article, Imaan Fatima shares some advice on managing student stress.

Tips for Getting Through Exam Season

In this article, Sinead B shares some tips for surviving exam season.

Surveillance Capitalism: time for law reform

In this article, Olivia Kneebone discusses surveillance capitalism.

Croydon London Borough Council (Appellant) v Kalonga (Respondent)

  In this article Ndivhuwo Daswa discusses the massively impactful case of Croydon London Borough Council V Kalonga. Background  This appeal raises an important question of […]

Could UK Freeports Hold the Key to an Accelerated International Trade?

Ralitsa Stancheva analyses the role of UK freeports on the economy, along with the current policies, various impacts, and what businesses can do to make the most of the freeport regime.

Buy Now, Pay Later: Now in Car Repairs?

In this article, Alina Kazmi explores the risks and regulations associated with BNPL providers, in particular analysing the recent start-up Bumper.

The benefits of Brexit for the legal industry

Olga Kyriakoudi examines in her article the release of ‘the Benefits of Brexit Document’ and the opportunities for the legal industry.

General Dynamics United Kingdom Ltd (Respondent) v State of Libya (Appellant)

Eniyoma Anosike discusses the Supreme Court’s recent judgment regarding General Dynamics V the State of Libya. Background General Dynamics United Kingdom Ltd a UK subsidiary of […]

London’s decriminalisation plan: a different approach to the war on drugs

Article by Taha Ragheb As we approach into the Spring of 2022, plans for a decriminalisation trial in London are blossoming too. Sadiq Khan has announced […]

Law of Torts: Privacy Law and the Press

Article by Afeefa Salehmohamed Since Bloomberg lost a case in the Supreme Court relating to Privacy laws, there are rumours about regression of privacy laws in […]

‘Immoral’ Swiss Secrecy Laws: Credit Suisse Data Leak

In this article, Hannain Osama analyses the Credit Suisse data leak and the implications of the allegations. Also, previous Credit Suisse scandals are explored, along with what happens next for the Swiss bank.

Women in Law who have Shattered Glass Ceiling

Demi Akande in her article pays tribute to women who paved the way for women in the legal industry and examines the journey of two exemplary women who contributed to change in the field.

Tips for Non-law Students

In this article, Sinead B shares some tips for non-law students wanting to work in the legal profession.

Interview with Cheryl Sweeney, Legal Director at QIC, a Global Insurance Company

In this article, Diya Gupta interviews Cheryl Sweeney, a qualified UK and US attorney, who has worked in the UK for several years and currently acts as Legal Director for a global group of insurance companies, QIC Global. Cheryl looks back on her diverse career, provides advice for aspiring solicitors and showcases the distinctiveness of working in the insurance sector as a lawyer.

Meta shares plummet

Article by Trinity Batt In early February, Meta shares fell by 26.4 percent, representing over $230 billion of the company’s total market value. This is not […]

Law or medicine?  A lawyer’s tips on how to choose.

In this article, Imaan Fatima discusses the importance of commercial awareness and how aspiring lawyers can become more commercially aware.

Building Commercial Awareness

In this article, Imaan Fatima discusses the importance of commercial awareness and how aspiring lawyers can become more commercially aware.

How Important Is Sleep Really and How Can It Harm Our Ability to Study Properly?

In this article, Olivia Kneebone discusses how studying is impacted by sleep and shares tips on getting a better night’s sleep.

Oil and gas prices are soaring – and so are our fears

Article by Julia Bąk. The already strained global oil and gas market is sent spiralling again as Russia wages barbaric war against Ukraine. The cost of […]

Data privacy: how the year has started and what to expect next

Article by Ralitsa Stancheva. Data privacy is anything but a stale and slow-moving area! Companies pay increasingly close attention to it, and it is thus an […]

CANZUK: The Empire Strikes Back?

Article by Joseph Nash CANZUK is a proposed union between Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the UK which will promote the values of free movement of […]

LinkedIn for Law Students

In this article, Imaan Fatima shares some tips to help law students make the most of LinkedIn.

Politicising sports: inappropriately staged or appropriately inseparable? The background to the Beijing Winter Olympics Boycott

Article by Anna Wallace The Beijing Winter Olympic Games are now fully underway, and whilst the threat of COVID19 stalling the commencing of the games has […]

Interview with Amelia Mah, a Trainee Solicitor at CMS

In this article, Gabrielle Long interviews Amelia Mah, a trainee solicitor at CMS. Amelia discusses why she chose to complete her training contract at CMS, the highlight of her training contract so far and her experiences working remotely, as well as why she founded her blog, See Through Law, in 2019.

In the matter of T (A Child) (Appellant)

Background The appellant, who under strict court orders is to remain anonymous and be addressed as “T”, was a 15-year-old child subject to a care order. […]

FirstPort Property Services Ltd v Settlers Court RTM Company and others

Harish Kapoor Background FirstPort Property Services Ltd (“FirstPort”) manages an estate in East London containing ten blocks of flats. The Second to Fourteenth Respondents are leaseholders […]

Interview with Nadine Owusu-Ansah, Paralegal and Future Trainee Solicitor at Linklaters

In this article, Gabrielle Long interviews Nadine Owusu-Ansah, a paralegal and future trainee solicitor at Linklaters. Nadine explains why she chose to go into commercial law and complete her training contract at Linklaters, her advice on applying for vacation schemes, and why she chose to start her Instagram platform, @legallydiverse.

Tips on Surviving the GDL

In this article, Sinead B shares some advice for students completing the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

UK’S Legal Reviews of 2021

In this article, Olga Kyriakoudi explores the challenges facing the UK legal sector as 2022 begins.

CILEx Regulation launches new Equality, Diversity & Inclusion strategy

How Translation Services Can Support Those Struggling with Language Barriers in Understanding the Law

Legal Sector Apprenticeships

Demi Akande explores in this article an alternative path to the traditional qualification paths for certain professions in the legal sector, legal apprenticeships.

Book Review: ReviseSQE

Rene McCarthy reviews the ReviseSQE book series

Answering Essay and Problem Questions

In this article, Imaan Fatima shares some tips to help law students write essays and answer problem questions.

Shakespeare Martineau accomplishes its first merger

Shakespeare Martineau has just completed its first merger in its business development strategy. Laetitia Ponde Nkot explores in her article the course of the cabinet Shakespeare Martineau since its creation until today.

Preparing for the New Year as a Student

In this article, Tay Whelan shares tips to help students recover from the Christmas break and prepare for the new semester.

How to create a universe without moving pictures, an improvised guide by Meta

Article by Paola Lindo Now that the world remains patiently watching after being left aghast by Mark Zuckerberg’s attempt at human-to-human communication in his Metaverse 101 […]

Commercial Awareness Update – W/C 10th January 2022

Maddy Preedy discusses the current global supply chain crisis the fast fashion industry faces due to the pandemic exacerbated by the recent variant Omicron. Maddy also gives specific examples of the measures taken by certain fashion houses to counteract the pandemic’s effects to keep their companies trading. Tajinder Kaur discusses the regularity of Silicon Valley recruits ‘fake it till you make it’ mentality and why there is still a growing need for those who subscribe to that mentality. Aqua Koroma discusses why the legal profession faces difficulties in complying with AML regulations, highlighted by the recent tribulations of Mishcon de Reya, and what steps may be taken to help the legal position retain its essential role in combatting economic crime. Nadine AbiKanaan discusses the financial challenges businesses face in different sectors in 2022 due to the pandemic’s ongoing effects.

How to Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance as a Law Student

In this article, Patrick Etimiri shares advice on how to maintain a work-life balance as a university student.

Telemedicine: the rise, the risks and the regulation

Article by Olivia Wilson What is telemedicine? The term telemedicine refers to the use of telecommunication and information technology to provide medical services remotely. This can […]

Intervene Project: Striving to Plug the Exponentially Increasing Legal Aid Gap by Providing Free Representation to Prisoners

Abuse, neglect and injustice run through UK prisons. However, the relentless wave of legal aid cuts, including those brought about by LASPO 2012, has seriously obstructed […]

Brexit, “The Vid” and the Driver Shortage

Article by Elizabeth Adeogun What is the crisis with lorry drivers? Over the last few months there was a shortage of lorry drivers in the UK […]

Studying Effectively for Exams

In this article, Imaan Fatima shares advice on how students can achieve the grades they want by developing an effective studying method.

Pakistan International Airline Corporation V Times Travel (UK) Ltd

In this article Hassan Tahir closely analysis and discusses the case of Pakistan International Airline Corporation V Times Travel (UK) Ltd.

Commercial Awareness Update – W/C 27th December 2021

Advaita Kapoor discusses the fines recently incurred by HSBC for its failure in adhering to anti-money laundering processes and regulations over a period of time between March 2010 and March 2018. Maddy Preedy discusses the impact the Omicron wave is having and will continue to have on the UK’s hospitality industry and the financial support pledged by the Chancellor, Mr Rishi Sunak. Harry Gadsby discusses the current threat to Mr Boris Johnson’s leadership amidst revolt from his Party’s MPs.

Space Travel: The Opportunities and Limitations

Article by Anna Pang SpaceX, one of the most innovative space companies of 2021, launched their first ever civilian crew, known as the Inspiration 4, to […]

Post-Brexit UK goes head-to-head with EU over the future of AI in Europe

Article by Shivanii Arun   Artificial intelligence (AI) can be thought of as ‘a group of digital techniques used to perform tasks previously requiring cognitive intelligence’. […]

Are you keeping track of the latest UK trade agreements?

Ralitsa Stancheva outlines the recent trade agreements that the UK has established and analyses the impact of these developments.

Getting Involved with the Community as a University Student

In this article, Tay Whelan explores the different ways for students to volunteer and give back to the community.

Which One? SQE or LPC?

Demi Akande examines in her article the differences between the LPC and SQE.

Commercial Awareness Update – W/C 13 December 2021

Avishai Marcus discusses whether Black Friday deals are what they seem and further discusses the government’s legal clampdown on ‘yo-yo’ pricing strategies utilised by companies.

Nicole Mallare discusses the impact of the new Covid variant, Omicron, has, among others, on the general population, the travel and tourism industry and the global economy.

Tajinder Kaur discusses the seamless combination of virtual sight and sound that is the Metaverse, the opportunities this virtual space offers and why the Metaverse is thought to be a dystopian concept.

Theo Budgen discusses the tumultuous times the energy sector has faced recently, evidenced by the cessation of notable energy firms. Furthermore, Theo discusses the impact of the lack of renewable energy sources in the UK on our energy supply, the effect of the global squeeze on energy and gas supplies, and what the shareholders in commodities in this sector must be privy to.

Interview with Georgia Davies, a future trainee solicitor at Shearman & Sterling

In this article, Gabrielle Long interviews Georgia Davies, a future trainee solicitor at Shearman & Sterling. Georgia explains how, as a non-law graduate, she obtained a vacation scheme offer and training contract at Shearman & Sterling. Georgia shares her advice on applying for vacation schemes, demonstrating commercial awareness, and her experiences as a disabled student.

UK drug policy: Does it help or harm?

Article by Natalya McPartland In 2019, drug related deaths in the UK rose to their highest ever levels with 4393 deaths and Scotland becoming the drug […]

Police failure to protect women

Article by Kahlicia Hurley With the subject of domestic violence reaching greater parliamentary attention over recent years, the Domestic Abuse Bill receiving Royal Assent this year, […]

How to Make Good Lecture Notes

In this article, Patrick Etimiri shares some tips on how to effectively take notes as a law student.

Virtual law firms

Laetitia Ponde Nkot explores the expansion of virtual law firms in the UK. The article talks about the development of virtual law firms, the differences between traditional firms and virtual firms, and the solicitors’ points of view concerning the virtual law firms’ system.

7 Key Skills for Aspiring Lawyers

In this article, Imaan Fatima explores the key skills needed to be a successful lawyer and shares advice on how these can be developed.

Commercial Awareness Update – W/C 29th November 2021

Harry Gadsby discusses the solutions offered by the US government concerning the current oil shortage crisis and whether those solutions will be sustainable in the long term. Theo Budgen elucidates critical provisions put forth in the Autumn Budget and how those provisions will affect UK businesses. Aqua Koroma discusses the provisions of the recently enacted Natasha’s Law, how these provisions affect the UK fast-food sector, and why it is crucial to pass proactive legislation.

What does green mean? An insight into greenwashing in the energy industry

Article by Erin Miller When I first heard the term ‘label fatigue’, I felt very seen. The term certainly resonated. I am the sort of shopper […]

Interview with Mukuma Kawesha, a future trainee solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills

In this article, Gabrielle Long interviews Mukuma Kawesha, a future trainee solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills. Mukuma explains how she obtained a vacation scheme and training contract at Herbert Smith Freehills. She also shares valuable advice on how to use your own experiences, such as working as a campus ambassador, to stand out during the application process.

The lights are off, but people ARE at home!

It is quite normal for around 13 energy providers to fail each year. But as you will already know 2021 is not a normal year. Since […]

Making the Most out of University

In this article, Tay Whelan shares some tips on making the most out of your university experience and becoming a successful law student.

Compliance: Charges, Fines, and Settlements Across Different Industries

In this article, Ralitsa Stancheva analyses the notable developments in compliance, across a variety of sectors, including banking, technology, and oil.

The takeover of Arm by Nvidia posing a national security threat

Article by Christina Hajisotiris A deeper review into Nvidia’s acquisition of Arm by UK’s competition authorities has raised national security concerns. Nvidia, the largest US tech company, […]

Commercial Awareness Update – W/C 15th November 2021

Ben Pattinson and Avishai Marcus discuss the global chain supply crisis and its effect on consumers, the impact of the initial public offering of the Nubank in 2022, and whether incumbent banks may follow suit.

Furthermore, Harry Gadsby and Theo Budgen discuss the arguments offered by the proponents and opponents of the deal struck between Amazon Web Services and UK spy agencies and the reasons for the recent fine levied against Facebook by the Competition and Markets Authority.

Toshiba’s three-way split and how it affects its stakeholders

The Japanese conglomerate, Toshiba, made headlines this week with its plan to split the company three-ways. The plan comes as a result of being tarnished with […]

ICO intervenes in nine schools in North Ayrshire which are using facial recognition software to scan faces of pupils in lunch queues

Article written by Suneet Sharma According to the Financial Times and Guardian the ICO is set to intervene in nine schools in North Ayrshire following the […]

What are the chances of another lockdown happening in England?

Olga Kyriakoudi explores the current situation of COVID-19 in the UK and how law firms deal with their employees in the face of these circumstances.

Commercial Awareness Update – W/C 1st November 2021

China’s Evergrande Crisis: Is It Lehman Crisis 2.0? Whas happened? Evergrande, a company started in 1996, previously China’s top-selling real estate property developer had its shares […]

AI Development within the Life Sciences Sector

In this article, Alina Kazmi considers the opportunities, challenges, and legal uncertainties of AI in the life science sector.

Criminal justice is at breaking point

Laetitia Ponde Nkot investigates the backlog of cases in the criminal justice system and the uncertainty of managing to reduce the load, despite the opening of temporary courts. The article reports the plans considered by the Department of Justice to re-enable the criminal justice system in England and Wales.

Meet Keeva – Law student and junior paralegal

Thank you to Simply Law Jobs for sharing this article with readers of The Student Lawyer .   Introducing Keeva Wilson We recently caught up with […]

5 key tips you need to be a standout legal candidate

Thank you to Simply Law Jobs for supplying this article for The Student Lawyer website. If you would like to learn more about Simply Law Jobs, […]

A day in the life of a BPC and LLM student

Thank you to Simply Law Jobs for supplying this article for The Student Lawyer Website. You can learn more about Simply Law Jobs here. Introducing Thomas  […]

Top 5 Tips for New Law Students

In this article, Patrick Etimiri reflects on his first month at university and shares some tips for new law students.

Making the Most of Law Fairs

In this article, Imaan Fatima shares advice on how to make a positive and professional impression at law fairs.

A Reflection on Time Management

In this article, Arran Robertson explains the importance of effectively managing your time and shares advice on how to improve time management.

Philip Morris and Vectura: The Tobacco Giant Seals The Deal over Inhaler Company

In this article, Alina Kazmi explores the wider implications of the controversial takeover of Vectura, the inhaler company by Philip Morris, the tobacco giant.

Should abortion be a legal matter in modern society?

Article by Nicola Wood The topic of abortion is one of, if not the most, controversial topics concerning women in modern society. As taboo as the […]

Solicitors’ lives outside of the profession

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) recently warned that the private lives of solicitors ‘cannot be completely disregarded’ and that tribunal panels should be audacious when upholding […]

The Law Society welcomes I. Stephanie Boyce as President 

Demi Akande recounts an interview from I. Stephanie Boyce, the new and first President black female of the law society, in which she talks about her will to continue the efforts for a diverse legal industry.

A ‘Heretical Synthesis’: Reconceptualising Undue Influence in Lloyd’s Bank v Bundy [1974]

Author’s Details: Farzana Salik – Third Year Law Student at the University of Cambridge. This essay was submitted as part of my end-of-year exams for Contract […]

The Centenary of the Six Point Group: Can the law change societal attitudes?

Article by Olivia Wilson The last century has seen significant societal development in the UK; examples include the establishment of the NHS, abolition of the death […]

Raab to Resign? An Analysis of our Constitutional Conventions

An article by Erin Miller “Who wouldn’t make a phone call if they were told it could save somebody’s life?” This emotive tweet from Keir Starmer […]

North Sea Link: Linking for Combined Success

Written by Alina Kazmi Offshore wind power energy refers to the energy taken from the force of the winds out at sea, before being transformed into […]

Do we have time to save the planet?

Article by Trinity Batt Climate Change In recent months it has become apparent that the planet is facing the consequences of our actions. With respect to […]

NFTs – What are they, where did they come from and what do they do?

Article by Amy Cross What are NFTs? NFT stands for Non-Fungible Token, when broken down: ‘Non-Fungible’ means that it’s irreplaceable and that the object (in this […]

The Rise of M&A Activities in 2021

Article by Amanda Ansari. In this article, Amanda considers the key statistics and developments relating to UK public M&A deals.

Investor-State Dispute Settlement: A Barrier to Climate Policy?

Article by Vincent Guereca-Adair. In this article, Vincent discusses investor-state dispute settlement and suggests that it could act as a barrier to policy aimed at remedying the climate crisis.

Will leaving lockdown stunt Amazon’s growth?

Article by Hyelim Park The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly strengthened and accelerated the growth of Amazon’s revenues as people became more reliant on online retailers. Under […]

Interview with Natasha Parsons, a future trainee solicitor at White & Case

In this article, Gabrielle Long interviews Natasha Parsons, a future trainee solicitor at White & Case. In this article Natasha explains how as a non-law graduate she obtained a vacation scheme and a training contract at an International law firm. Natasha expresses her valuable advice on how to best make use of opportunities and use your experience to stand out. 

Uber BV and others (Appellants) v Aslam and others (Respondents)

In this article, Hassan Tahir discusses the case of Uber BV and others (Appellants) v Aslam and others (Respondents). Introduction On the 19th of February, 2021, […]

Electric Vehicles: Are they the Future of the Automative Industry?

Article written by Alina Kazmi Introduction Electric Vehicles (EV) are perceived as one of the key solutions for the UK, to reach a net-zero economy by […]

Private Equity and the Buyout of British Businesses

Article by Dimitrios Galatas Britain has been the heart of the world’s financial markets and global financial activity for centuries, providing essential lending and investment services […]

The draft online safety bill: five things you need to know

Article by Erin Miller Described as a ‘power grab’, ‘a censor’s charter’ and a Bill of ‘real constitutional significance’, three months have now passed since the […]

What should businesses prioritise: social responsibility vs commercial interests?

Article by Hyelim Park The debate regarding social responsibility versus commercial interests has persisted for decades. However, this issue has become more important than ever as […]

The Success of RNA Vaccines: What is the Commercial Significance?

RNA Covid vaccines may show the future of pharma.

Reforming legal aid: does it have a future?

Article by Nicola Wood Historically, there has always been a commonly-held belief that there are differences in how people from different societal backgrounds access justice. It […]

Can China’s carbon market make a difference?

Article by Trinity Batt China’s carbon market was launched earlier this year and online trading began on 16th July. Many nations currently have carbon markets in […]

Interview with Annabel Pemberton, Junior Lawyer at Sparring, Founder of The Wired Wig Podcast and Co-Founder of Law School 2.0

In this article, Zainab Hassan interviews Annabel Pemberton. Annabel is a junior lawyer at Sparring, a startup focused firm. Through different experiences, Annabel has grown an interest in legaltech. Given this interest, Annabel founded The Wired Wig podcast and Law School 2.0. 

Class action suits against Google and Apple

Article by Afeefa Salehmohamed Recently, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a class action against Google based on data privacy breach issues. It is alleged that […]

The Housing Market – Will House Prices Continue to Climb Stairs?

Article by Alina Kazmi.   This article concerns the increase in house prices since the pandemic and whether the growth is sustainable. It will discuss the […]

Chinese IPOs and the US Market – Trials and Regulations

Written by Dimitrios Galatas, recent graduate from the University of Warwick China has, in recent times, become the flagship nation for technological advancement. As expected from a […]

British Inter-University Commercial Awareness Competition – the largest commercial awareness competition for law students in the UK!

BIUCAC 2021  BIUCAC 2021 is a major national competition seeking to highlight what is seldom taught in the lecture room – Legal Commercial Awareness. Legal Commercial […]

Interview with Hafsah Nawaz, future trainee solicitor at Allen & Overy

In this article, Gabrielle Long interviews Hafsah Nawaz, a future trainee solicitor at Allen & Overy. In this article, Hafsah shares her tips as a brand ambassador, why she chose her firm and her extra-curricular experiences. 

Privacy v Productivity: Working from home

Article by Elizabeth Adeogun As we have found due to the coronavirus pandemic, remote work can be an effective means of encouraging improved worker performance and […]

Open University students receive top scholarship awards from prestigious Gray’s Inn

Three Open University Law students have been awarded scholarships from the highly regarded Gray’s Inn – one of the four Inns of Court which has the […]

A day in the life of a trainee solicitor (secondment)

Introducing Ellen Ellen Robinson is a trainee solicitor at Burges Salmon LLP, on secondment to the UK Law Societies’ Joint Brussels Office. Our partner recruitment site […]

What is it like working for the innocence project?

Introducing Carys Our partner recruitment site Simply Law recently caught up with Carys Bishop, a final year Law student at Cardiff University who is currently a […]

How to check if the law firm you are interviewing at is diversity friendly?

Our partner recruitment site Simply Law Jobs recently looked at ways in which applicants can check if the law firm you are interviewing at is diversity […]

What it is like to complete the BPTC

Introducing Miroslava Miroslava Dimitrova is a Legal Solutions Specialist at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, who undertook the Bar Professional Training Course. Our partners at Simply Law Jobs […]

A day in the life at a legal technology firm

Our partners at Simply Law Jobs interview Stephan Werthauer,  a Senior Consultant/Trainee Solicitor at D2 Legal Technology, a global legal data consulting firm.

Interview with Zara Khanche, a future trainee solicitor at Shearman & Sterling and current paralegal at Travers Smith

In this article, Gabrielle Long interviews Zara Khanche, a future trainee solicitor at Shearman & Sterling. Zara is currently a paralegal at Travers Smith, having studied a non-law undergraduate degree and then completing the GDL. Zara shares insights into her paralegal role and advice to aspiring lawyers making applications to law firms.

Interview with Folu Babatope, Trainee Solicitor at DLA Piper

In this article, Chimere Nwaegbu interviewed Folu Babatope, a current Trainee Solicitor at DLA Piper. Folu shares her tips and advice on networking, how to achieve good results on the LPC and navigating your way through the process. Folu also shares some insight into her training contract seats and work at DLA Piper. 

Interview with Siobhan Ali, Founder and Editor in Chief of the St Andrews Law Review

Hi Siobhan, please could you introduce yourself for the readers. Hello TSL and readers, I am very excited to be chatting with you all. My name is Siobhan, […]

Could ‘green’ cryptocurrencies be the solution to Bitcoin’s energy crisis?

Article by Joe Zietman Barely a day goes by without some self-professed expert declaring cryptocurrencies as the future of money, putting an end to the monopoly […]

Interview with Hannah-Mei Grisley, future trainee solicitor at Squire Patton Boggs and co-founder of Let’s Chat Law and 3 Cups of Cha

In this interview, Hannah-Mei Grisley takes us through her intriguing journey of how upon obtained a first- class degree in a non-law discipline, she opted to pursue a career as a solicitor. Recounting her experience, Hannah shares an insight on factors that largely influenced her choice of law courses to focus on. Finally, she gives tips that incoming Legal Practice Course (LPC) students can leverage to scale through.

Colin v Cuthbert

In this article, Zara Yusuf discusses the legal claim of Colin v Cuthbert. Introduction The British birthday cake staple has recently become the subject of a […]

The Relaunch of Simply Law!

Simply Law has announced that the legal job site has undergone the biggest transformation in its 18 year history. Based on in-depth research into the industry, […]

O2 and Virgin Media merger

Article by Zahra Makda  CMA approved the merger between Telefonica-owned O2 and Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media who planned to combine their UK assets last year. The […]

Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley and Others

In this case law update, Hassan Tahir discusses Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley and Others. On the 26th of March, 2021, the Supreme Court of the […]

M&S v Aldi: The Battle of the Caterpillar Cake

Afeefa Salehmohamed explores the M&S and Aldi “Colin the Caterpillar” controversy, discussing the merits and drawbacks of M&S’ case and the likely consequences.

The Retail Sector: An Overview 

Article by Zara Yusuf. It has been a particularly turbulent time for the retail sector, especially due to Covid-19 related disruptions. Large supermarkets have had to […]

A Supreme Court Landmark Judgement – How the UK Uber Case may affect the Gig Economy Worldwide 

Article by Kristel Haxhia On 19 February 2021, the Supreme Court delivered another landmark judgement. This time it concerns one of the most successful Silicon Valley […]

Human Rights in Myanmar State

Elizabeth Adeogun provides an overview of human rights abuses by the military junta in Myanmar State following the recent coup, in light of international law.

R (on the application of Friends of the Earth Ltd and others) (Respondents) v Heathrow Airport Ltd (Appellant)

In this Case Law Update, Harrison Minihane critically discusses R (on the application of Friends of the Earth Ltd and others) (Respondents) v Heathrow Airport Ltd […]

Heathrow Airport Decision

By Serena Vyas   Legal explanation of the recent Supreme Court decision on Heathrow Airport which overturned that of the Court of Appeal and casts doubt […]

Interview with Yoon So Lee, future trainee solicitor at White & Case

In this article, Jordan Chan interviews Yoon So Lee, a future trainee solicitor at White & Case. Here, Yoon So shares how her non law background has helped her stand out and  how Yoon So networked with firms by attending open days to find the right firm. 

The Importance of Human rights in Businesses and Corporate Law Firms

By Karolina Saladziute In her first article, Karolina discusses the current state of human rights to businesses and legal corporations. Highlighting the beneficial trend towards greater […]

Cybersecurity: Attack on Law Firms

Dilara Devin outlines the threat of cybercrime and the challenges that it poses for law firms using modern technology in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic […]

Competition law update: Facebook

Article by Zahra Makda  Big tech giant, Facebook is being sued by the US in an attempt to force the company to sell assets such as Instagram and […]

The rise of third-party funding

Article by Disa Greaves, Land Economy graduate (Cambridge University) and GDL graduate (ULaw) With the UK officially entering into a recession last summer for the first […]

Should public sexual harassment be criminalised?

Article by Disa Greaves, Land Economy graduate (Cambridge University) and GDL graduate (ULaw) The disappearance and murder of Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, on her […]

Commercial implications of Scottish independence

Article by Mayank Tripathi  Introduction  The bid for an independent Scotland failed after the 2014 referendum when the ‘No’ side gained 55% of the vote. However, the […]

Interview with Sophie Shaw, a newly qualified solicitor at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

In this article, Gabrielle Long interviews Sophie Shaw, a newly qualified solicitor at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. Sophie shares her journey as a non-law graduate and how her experiences whilst applying for training contracts helped her. Sharing her insights into her training contract, Sophie has now qualified into the restructuring and insolvency department.

Cryptocurrency + Commercial Industry = The Future?

By Jack Porter As Tuesday saw, Bitcoin the leading cryptocurrency reach a new all-time high valuing itself at $50,000 a coin, what is the reason everybody […]

Adam Furze discusses the recent Supreme Court case: R (on the application of Z and another) v Hackney London Borough Council and another

Article by Adam Furze This was an appeal from the Court of Appeal by a mother of four young children who brought a claim of unlawful […]

Depp II v News Group Newspaper Ltd [2020] EWHC 2911 (QB)

Article by Isobel Earnshaw The year 2020 has been full of dramatic events from the Australian Bush fires in January to a global pandemic which engulfed […]

British Inter-University Commercial Awareness Competition – the largest commercial awareness competition for law students in the UK !

BIUCAC 2021  BIUCAC 2021 is a major national competition seeking to highlight what is seldom taught in the lecture room – Legal Commercial Awareness. Legal Commercial […]

US Supreme Court Trademark Decision in Booking.com Case

Article by Zara Yusuf (University of Newcastle graduate) The key trademark case of United States Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com was recently concluded on June […]

Rebalance: tipping the scales towards nature 

Article by Julian Greenaway  There is a new start up organisation that believes that there must be a better way for our society to grow, and […]

Law firms’ relationships with consumers and legal technology. A new era?

By Elizabeth Adeogun   ‘Legal technology’ essentially means the use of technology and software to aid, supplement or replace traditional methods for delivering legal services, or […]

Brexit Deal: An Explanation

By Afeefa Salehmohamed and Konstantina Nouka   Post Brexit Deal—What is it and what are the Impacts? Since the results of the Brexit referendum became public, […]

Response to Covid-19 prompts relaunch of Simply Law Jobs

Our industry partner, ​Simply Law Jobs​, has announced that the legal job site is undergoing the biggest transformation in its 18 year history. Based on in-depth […]

“Arbitration may be considered a private dispute resolution mechanism, but it should ultimately be monitored by the domestic courts of the state where the proceedings take place.” Discuss.

Essay by Sahil C Madan Introduction Arbitration is an alternative adjudicative device to litigation through which private parties can seek a final determination of disagreements and […]

Asos’s Acquisition of Arcadia Group: The Changing Face of UK Retail

Eleanor Aindow discusses Asos’ takeover of the Arcadia Group.

Boohoo to buy Debenhams brand

Key details and analysis about Boohoo’s purchase of the Debenhams brand.  This week it was announced that Boohoo will be buying the Debenhams brand and website […]

The Legal Industry in the Third Lockdown

Trinity Batt explores how the legal industry have responded and adapted to the third national lockdown in the UK and the challenges that this has brought. […]

Commercial Challenges Currently Facing the Legal Market

Zara Yusuf analyses four current commercial challenges for law firms.   Like other businesses, law firms face a number of commercial challenges that they need to navigate […]

GameStop’s Meteoric Ascent

Andrew Culver discusses the reasons behind the exponential rise of GameStop’s share price.

Apply anyway!

Thank you to The Law Prof for contributing this article. Visit www.thelawprof.com for articles containing advice on how to prepare for law exams and how to write […]

Interview with Simranjeet Kaur Mann, a future trainee solicitor at Womble Bond Dickinson

In this article, Enakshi Khasriya interviews Simranjeet Kaur Mann, a future trainee solicitor at Womble Bond Dickinson. Simranjeet discusses what made her want to go into the legal profession, and how she started her own legal mentoring scheme and YouTube channel “Sim’s Legal Mentoring” to assist aspiring lawyers.

Charlotte Byrom discusses the recent case of Unwired Planet v Huawei and Conversant Wireless Licensing v Huawei & ZTE [2020] UKSC 37

The cases of Unwired Planet v Huawei and Conversant Wireless Licensing v Huawei & ZTE are extremely significant as they were the first full judicial contemplation […]

To what extent is air pollution a cause of death? – Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah

Article by Louise Horn   On the 16th of December, 2020, a nine year old girl who died after experiencing an acute asthma attack becomes the […]

Zara Yusuf discusses the recent UK Supreme Court issued its judgement in Enka Insaat ve Sanayi A.S. v OOO Insurance Company Chubb [2020] UKSC 38

  On the 9th October 2020, the UK Supreme Court issued its judgement in Enka Insaat ve Sanayi A.S. v OOO Insurance Company Chubb [2020] UKSC […]

Emily Watts discusses the recent case of R (on the application of Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police [2020] EWCA Civ 1058

This case discusses whether the use of Automated Facial Recognition technology (AFR) used by South Wales Police was lawful.  Facts: South Wales Police (SWP) were employing […]

Upcoming Webinar: How to ace assessment centres and virtual interviews

The Student Lawyer has partnered with City Career Series to bring readers a FREE webinar hosted by Jake Schogger to break down all you need to know about how to prepare for, and ace, commercial law assessment centres!

Growing Trend of Legal Tech Subsidiaries

Dilara Devin explores the growth of legal technology subsidiaries as law firms are developing their own technology to increase efficiency within the legal sector.   Legal […]

How To Research Law Firms

In this article Meagan Leightley will explore the best ways to research law firms. Researching law firms is crucial when applying for vacation and training contracts because it enables you to tailor your application specifically to what they want and value as a company. Furthermore, through research you will also discover whether the firm is right for you which is just as important!

Have we seen peak private equity? 

Joe Zietman analyses the current state of the private equity sector.  In the years following the 2008 financial crisis, private equity has gone from strength to […]

Experts see red as Boris unveils new green plan

Julian Greenaway analyses the key points from the government’s climate action plan.  Climate change is arguably the biggest threat to the human race and is quickly becoming an issue that […]

TRUMP AND THE ELECTION

By Frank Tsui   The 2020 United States presidential election has become one of the most controversial elections in the country’ history.  Although it is a […]

“Should a COVID-19 vaccine, if developed, be compulsory to all those healthy enough to have the injection?”

A Duel between: Konstantina Nouka (arguing in favour of compulsory vaccination) and Natalya McPartland (arguing against compulsory vaccination)   #1: In Favour The question of whether […]

Book Review: Training Contract Handbook by City Career Series

Camilla Uppal provides an in depth review of City Career Series’ Training Contract Handbook.

Interview with Hari Pannum, future trainee solicitor at Clifford Chance

In this article, Jordan Chan interviews Hari Pannum, a future trainee at Clifford Chance. Hari shares his insight into studying the GDL and why he chose to train at Clifford Chance and what he is most looking forward towards during his training contract.

UK competition update

Two recent updates from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).  Digital Markets Unit  In July 2020 the CMA concluded a year-long study of the digital […]

Hyperloop: a giant leap for the transport sector?

An analysis of some recent developments for hyperloop and potential challenges for developers. A milestone was recently reached in the transport sector. Virgin Hyperloop ran its […]

Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Industry

Aathira Prakash discusses diversity and inclusion within the legal industry, outlining the surge in efforts to combat discrimination and increase diversity within the workplace.   The […]

Preparing for Virtual Law Fairs

Have an upcoming virtual law fair but unsure how to prepare for it? In this article, Melis Uluisik shares advice on making the most of virtual opportunities and how to stand out from the crowd.

Uncertain Future for the Bar

Laetitia Ponde Nkot explores the current working situation at the Bar and the uncertainty surrounding its future.   Current bar situation Research led by LexisNexis UK […]

Interview with Alicia Loh, trainee solicitor at Shearman & Sterling

In this article, Crystal Huang interviews Alicia Loh, a trainee solicitor at Shearman & Sterling. Alicia shares her experience as a third-seat trainee and some of the skills required both as a trainee and to be successful on a vacation scheme at the firm.

Societies to Get Involved in as an Aspiring Lawyer

Are you a student looking to become more involved in societies at university but unsure where to start from? In this article Meagan Leightley looks as societies you should get involved in if you are aspiring lawyer whether or not you take law!

Interview with Christine Steel, Chief Connector for Mobile Minds by Design

In this article, Enakshi Khasriya interviews Christine Steel, the Chief Connector for Mobile Minds by Design, where she connects students to experts in their field including law students and provides an extra layer of support for students when they need it the most. 

Interview with Matt Gingell on his Bitesized UK Employment Law Channel

Interview with specialist employment lawyer and legal commentator Matt Gingell.

LIBOR – why is it no longer the most important number in the world?

Mayank Tripathi analysis the significance of the LIBOR transition.  What is LIBOR? LIBOR stands for the London Interbank Offered Rate and is the average rate at […]

Time ticking for TikTok

Julian Greenaway analyses the key points of the ongoing TikTok saga. TikTok is one of the fastest growing social media apps in the world and is […]

ESG in Asia. Is implementation sufficient? Is it worth pursuing to begin with?

Kye Li Ong provides a critical analysis of ESG investing.

Interview with James Richardson from Law Answered

In this interview, James provides insight into his journey to becoming a qualified solicitor and why he decided to start Law Answered.

How do I answer problem questions?

We provide our top tips on how to answer problem questions!

Virtual Law Fairs: Making a Good Impression

Zahra Javed discusses the transition from face-to-face to virtual law fairs, and explains how will students be able to make a good impression online, offering tips […]

Freelance Solicitors – The ‘Wild West’?

Dilara Devin explores the impact of freelance solicitors on the legal sector this year.   From the end of November 2019 onwards solicitors have been able […]

BLM Series: The Making of Human Rights

The Black Lives Matter series continues with Miss McPartland presenting the different theories as to the establishment of human rights before analysing Dembour’s protest school of thought in more detail. Providing strong historical and present day evidence (putting the article in the context of the BLM movement), it is argued that the protest school of thought is the most accurate and relevant theory behind the establishment of human rights. The article then moves on to a deeper analysis- combatting potential and regularly raised arguments against the use of protest and violence before ending with, it might be said a slightly negative but realist, conclusion that Dembour’s protest school of thought will always be relevant.

Interview with Ruth Reid, Barrister at Three Temple Gardens Chambers and founder of Cake and Counsel

In this article, Enakshi Khasriya interviews Ruth Reid, a barrister at Three Temple Gardens Chambers and founder of Cake and Counsel. Ruth shares her journey into law and the barriers she has overcome during her career.

Interview with Molly Lewis, an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and board member of PRIME

In this article, Enakshi Khasriya interviews Molly Lewis, an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Having recently qualified, Molly is now in the commercial disputes team. Molly shares her journey into law, transition from trainee solicitor to associate and the impact of Covid-19 on her work.

Balancing the Right to Freedom of Religious Practice, FGM and the impact of COVID-19

In her article, Miss Nouka addresses the sensitive topic as to what extent individual’s should be allowed to express their right to religious freedom. She examines the importance of having such a right before noting that it should not be unqualified due to detrimental practices, such as female genital mutilation, that can occur when it is left unregulated. Greater detail is then given about the practices of FGM, the role it plays within religious communities, the failure of state intervention to prevent the oppressions of both young and old women as a result of this practice being carried out and the best ways of stopping it.

The Erosion of High Street Law Firms

Karissa Onye discusses the erosion of high street law firms in light of government cutbacks and subsequent financial hardship. What is the High Street? Most readers […]

Interview with Declan McLoughlin, a pro bono legal assistant, future trainee at Linklaters and founder of the charity Channels

In this article, Storm Evans interviews Declan McLoughlin, a pro bono legal assistant and future trainee at Linklaters. Declan set up his own charity, Channels, and is a strong advocate for social mobility. In this interview, he discusses the motivation behind his charity work, as well as his experience with Linklaters.

A Return to the Office

Trinity Batt explores returning to the office post-lockdown, and how law firms around the world are addressing a phased return to office working environments. With offices […]

Managing Stress while Studying Online

Matthew Mundt shares some advice on how to cope with the stress of starting the new school year online.

Writing skills for LLB assessments

Our friends at Law Answered provide some top tips for how to improve your writing skills

Research skills for LLB assessments

Our friends at Law Answered provide some top tips for how to excel during take home assessments

Challen v Challen [2020] 3 WLR 440

Article by Adam Furze The case of Challen v Challen concerns a claim for the modification of the forfeiture rule as governed by the Forfeiture Act […]

Climate Change and the Legal Sector

Aathira Prakash provides an overview of climate change and its links with the legal sector, delving into both the impacts on litigation and how courts have […]

Commercial Awareness Competition – Creating a level playing field for Non-Russell Group Law Schools

Denis Viskovich explains how he’s levelling the playing field to make it fair for all students seeking to join commercial firms.

Interview with UN Women UK Warwick, a student body raising gender equality awareness

In this interview, TSL talks to a representative from UN Women UK Warwick on how to approach the social movement addressing persistent breach of human rights as a student body. Read more to find out how to balance student environment with campaigning.

Interview with Yasmina Kone, graduate recruitment specialist at Clifford Chance

In this article, Crystal Huang interviews Yasmina Kone, a graduate recruitment specialist at Clifford Chance. She looks after the firm’s IGNITE training contract, LIFT programme (learning internships for future trainees), SPARK scheme, ethnic diversity initiatives and the selection process. Prior to joining Clifford Chance, Yasmina worked at Rare, a multi-award-winning diversity recruitment company.

How to Utilise LinkedIn

In this article Meagan Leightley explores how Law Students can utilise LinkedIn.

Domestic abuse in lockdown

Beth Edwards discusses the rise in domestic abuse during lockdown.

LVMH and Tiffany & Co: a match made in corporate heaven?

Niki Saberi-Oskoui analyses the latest updates in the LVMH and Tiffany & Co acquisition.  Last year, LVMH announced it would be acquiring Tiffany & Co: a […]

Long Read: How much longer are our constitutional rights safe? A discussion of the review into judicial review

This article demystifies the importance of judicial review and looks at the current controversy surrounding the recently launched independent panel. Judicial review reflects many fundamental legal, as well as political, principles, such as the rule of law. Read this article for a detailed commentary on the general significance, links to human rights and current events related to judicial review.

Interview with Mark Robinson, a consultant solicitor and a police station representative

In this article, Anu Radha Lal interviews Mark Robinson, a Consultant Solicitor and a Police Station Representative. He shares his interesting journey into law and how he used his unique selling point to stand out.

Should the Parole Board be considered a court? If so, what are the consequences of this when considering whether or not to grant a costs order against the Parole Board?

Article by Hassan Tahir   On the fourteenth of July in 2017, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom settled a raging debate regarding the Parole […]

Interview with Olivia Archibald, future trainee solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

In this article, Crystal Huang interviews Olivia Archibald, future Trainee Solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Olivia shares her tips when applying for training contracts and her decision of choosing to train at Freshfields.

Can domestic legislation combat human trafficking following Britain’s departure from the European Union?

Ultra-fast fashion has devastating impacts upon the environment, having adverse effects on everything from water consumption, waste generation to horrid working conditions in offshore facilities. Is financial success the real evidence of prosperity in today’s world?

The Wirecard scandal: what does this mean for the fintech sector?

Zara Yusuf analyses the key moments and implications of the Wirecard scandal. The spectacular collapse of the German payments firm Wirecard came about in June, after […]

Mental Health in The Legal Profession

In this article, Archana Nayar explores the mental health situation of legal professionals, an issue which is also concerning for the upcoming and current law students.

Interview with Charlie Madill, trainee solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills

In this article, Storm Evans interviews Charlie Madill, a trainee solicitor at global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Charlie shares her journey to obtaining her training contract at HSF and gives insight into what training at the firm has involved so far. She also gives some advice to aspiring HSF trainees.

Interview with Amber Parslow, future trainee solicitor at Baker McKenzie

In this article, Crystal Huang interviews Amber Parslow, current paralegal and future trainee solicitor at Baker McKenzie. Having graduated with a first-class LLB degree, Amber shares the steps she took to increase her experience and put herself out there.

R (GS) v HM Coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon [2020] EWCH 2007 (Admin)

By Emily Watts This judicial review case questions two rulings made by the Senior Coroner not to investigate certain aspects of the death of Dawn Sturgess. […]

Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (Respondent) v Parry and others (Appellants) [2020] UKSC 35

By Jasmine Cracknell This appeal relates to the payment of inheritance tax on lifetime chargeable transfers; specifically pension funds. The long-running litigation between the parties concluded […]

Interview with Jake Schogger, qualified lawyer, entrepreneur and author

In this article, Meagan Leightley interviews Jake Schogger, qualified lawyer and author of the well-known City Career Series which offers a comprehensive range of resources directly relevant to the recruitment process for a wide variety of City careers. In this interview, Jake shares some insight into his journey and how he has transitioned to an entrepreneur with an exciting release coming up soon!

Alternative Careers for Law Students

In this article, Meagan Leightley Explores alternative careers for Law Students and what to expect from each option.

Interview with Stephanie Anais, President of the Birkbeck Law Society

TSL speaks to Stephanie Anais, President of the Birkbeck law society and the latest TSL law society partner.

Competition in the UK’s Legal Market

Aathira Prakash assesses competition within the UK’s legal market and how firms have kept afloat throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.   The UK’s legal market has seen […]

Networking & The ‘New Normal’

Anu Radha Lal shares her personal tips on how to make the most of virtual networking and panel events.

Interview with Harrison Wilde, recent Law graduate and Instagram blogger

In this article, Beth Zheng interviews Harrison Wilde, recent Law graduate and Instagram legal personality @harryslawlife to discuss his future plans, personal branding and new upcoming project on @legallysupported.

Carillion plc (in liquidation) v KPMG LLP and KPMG Audit plc [2020] EWHC 1416 (Comm)

This article will examine the recent judgement that the Commercial Court handed down in the case of Carillion plc (in liquidation) v KPMG (comprising of KPMG LLP and KPMG Audit plc).

The ‘Success’ of Boohoo

Ultra-fast fashion has devastating impacts upon the environment, having adverse effects on everything from water consumption, waste generation to horrid working conditions in offshore facilities. Is financial success the real evidence of prosperity in today’s world?

V Unprecedented 

Joe Zietman analyses the possible shapes of the UK’s economic recovery. These are unprecedented times, or so the now clichéd phrase goes. Unfortunately, there is more […]

Interview with Max Dixon, a future trainee solicitor at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

In this article, Jordan Chan interviews Max Dixon, a future Trainee Solicitor at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. Max shares his aspirations and the reasons that led him to choosing his dream firm. 

Supreme Court sets Important Precedent for Members of Charitable Companies

Article by Jasmine Cracknell Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that a member of a charitable company can be directed by the court on how to […]

Automation of the Fashion Industry?

Camilla Uppal analyses the impact of Coronavirus and innovation on the fashion industry.

Desperate Times: Breaking Quarantine to Attend Court?

Sophia Gonella assesses a brief conflict that has occurred between the Bar Council and the Law Society regarding whether lawyers should break quarantine to attend court. […]

Did the Impact of COVID-19 Affect Trainee Retention Rates for Law Firms?

Zahra Javed discusses the retention rates of law firms and whether Covid-19 has impacted the future of the sector. The impact of COVID-19 has meant that […]

The Growth of Litigations & Disputes Resolutions

Dilara Devin explores litigations and disputes resolutions, highlighting the recent growth in the sector and the impact that Covid-19 may have.   What is the significance […]

COVID 19: Coping with the Virtual Life as a Student

Matthew Mundt presents advice tailored to incoming first year students on how to make the most of activities virtually.

BLM Series: Reasonable force, or police brutality?

In light of the recent events, the use of force by police has been put into the forefront of the reform debate. However, it seems to be a struggle to answer the most crucial question for advancing the discussion: What is unreasonable use of force and what amounts to police brutality?

Interview with Tracy Tsao, a future trainee solicitor at Rosenblatt

In this article, Storm Evans interviews Tracy Tsao, a future trainee solicitor at Rosenblatt who discusses her legal journey and her experience in obtaining a training contract.

Seeking Legal Experience During COVID-19

Aathira Prakash offers an insight into gaining legal work experience during Covid-19. When applying for legal internships showing transferrable skills from any experience is beneficial. A […]

The Climate Crisis and the Legal Industry

Trinity Batt explores how the legal industry are addressing the climate crisis. In recent years the call for action against climate change has massively increased. A […]

Behind the wheel of the automobile industry’s biggest merger 

Julian Greenaway analyses the key implications of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Groupe PSA merger. Anyone who has been following the news in mergers and acquisitions will be […]

BLM Series: Human rights lessons

This article of the series re-visits the concept of fundamental human rights and the potential inequities in their application. The meaning of ‘fundamental’ seems to be interpreted incoherently, not only degrading the purpose of human rights themselves but also depriving certain groups of protection that others find essential and automatic. Read this article to learn more and reflect upon your own privilege.

Has Covid-19 Been The Push Legal-Tech Needed?