Her Majesty the Queen delivered her 63rd Queen’s Speech from the throne in the House of Lords on 18 May 2016. The upcoming EU referendum has dominated the Government’s agenda so far this year, but this has not stopped the Government from proposing 21 new Bills. Below are 10 of the Bills most relevant to the legal sector, which include among them proposals for a new UK Bill of Rights, modernisation of the courts, and social reform. Continue reading
A CV is the first impression you will give a potential interviewer or employer. It is a representation of who you are, your capabilities and your achievements. Writing a good CV isn’t hard but over the years I have reviewed many CVs and I have seen applicants make the same mistakes over and over again. Below I list the top 5 areas you should focus on when preparing a CV. There are many ways to draft and lay out a CV but below are a list of pointers I regularly give applicants who ask me to take a look at their CV: Continue reading
As a Public Speaker, I am entrusted by Urban Lawyers with the responsibility to teach elements of criminal law to various youth clubs in a clear and concise manner; to articulate law, ensuring accuracy in information. Whilst giving examples of criminal conduct, I must ensure appropriate delivery to my audience and to take great care in distinguishing ‘teaching’ from ‘giving legal advice’. Continue reading
Urban Lawyers took to the streets of central London on 16 May with thousands of solicitors, members of the judiciary, law students and the public in a 10km charity walk in support of access to justice for all.
The money raised will go to London Legal Support Trust; an independent charity that raises funds for free legal services in London & the South East. It supports the provision of specialist legal advice by law centres, advice agencies and the Citizens Advice Bureau, by providing them with grant funding and other forms of support.
Urban Lawyers and fellow walkers gathered outside the Law Society of England and Wales before embarking on the walk, which took walkers past some of London’s most iconic landmarks and parks. The walk ended back at the Law Society where everyone was treated to entertainment, food and drinks.
Urban Lawyers raised over £700 for the London Legal Support Trust. The founder of Urban Lawyers Tunde Okewale said:
“London Legal Walk is an important part of our fundraising activities. The recent cuts to legal aid and the reduced income for many working families due to the recession have increased the importance of free access to specialist legal advice for the poorest and most vulnerable people our community. It’s great that Urban Lawyers is able to participate and raise money for such a worthy cause every year. Urban Lawyers would like to thank everyone for their kind contributions and to everyone who planned and organised what was tremendous and fun event.”
To find out more and to continue making donations, visit the London Legal Support Trust website.
24 May 2016
As part of my work with Urban Lawyers, I saw an opportunity to work closely with the British Transport Police (BTP) to address some of the concerns raised about public confidence around stop and search. Stop and search is a tool that has raised a lot of concerns due to the perception that the police are not using their powers proportionately. Continue reading
For many applicants, a vacation scheme is a significant part of the journey to obtaining a training contract. Always remember, a vacation scheme is a two-week interview. During your vacation schemes, law firms will be assessing how you act in a professional and social environment at all times. While the main point of a vacation scheme is to get a training contract offer, it’s a real opportunity to shine and build key relationships at the firm you would like to start your career at. Below are some simple tips to ensure you have a successful vacation scheme: Continue reading
So it’s that wonderful time of year again – Pupillage Application time. I hope that you have already started to choose where you will be applying. Choose wisely! Here are a few tips that helped me to complete successful applications last year. Continue reading