In spite of considerable hostility from the profession and legal education providers, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced today (25 April) that its planned Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), dubbed 'the super exam', is going ahead.
The single, centrally-set examination will come in to use from September 2020, one year later than the SRA had originally planned to release it. This will replace the existing requirements for trainee solicitors to take the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) for non-law graduates.
Taylor Wessing is launching its inaugural ‘Pathfinder Programme’ in September 2017.
The programme is an apprenticeship scheme which is aimed at candidates who may otherwise have difficulty entering the legal profession because of traditional barriers to entry. These include factors like academic performance, economic circumstances and family background. There will be four openings, with two apprentices training as paralegals and two training within the firm’s business services.
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St Louis-based consumer goods group Post Holdings is set to take on UK brand Weetabix Food Company for $1.76bn after five years of Chinese ownership, with Baker McKenzie, Linklaters and Mills & Reeve all winning mandates on the deal.
On Tuesday 23 May 2017, Fieldfisher will be opening its door to first year students (law and non-law). The event will take place at the firm’s London office and will run from 1p.m. to 7p.m.
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