Busting six common myths about QWE
The requirement for candidates to complete qualifying work experience (QWE) is the biggest change to the solicitors’ qualification process in decades. It was introduced last September as part of the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).
When it comes to QWE, there are many common myths and misconceptions, are you sure you have your facts right? This blog post by Nicole Poole, Law Society policy adviser, will help you discard any misconceptions you may have.
> Bust some common myths about QWE
QWE: Are you ready to support your employees through the process?
If you employ staff who are yet to qualify as a solicitor, you need to understand how the QWE process works.
We’ve put together a series of FAQs to help you learn everything you need to know.
> Familiarise yourself with QWE
Is the SQE living up to its promise on diversity?
Ahead of its launch last September, SQE was hailed as a boon for diversity and inclusion, replacing a process that tended to favour candidates from privileged backgrounds while leaving others behind. However, the first batch of exam results suggest these issues still persist under the new process.
> Learn about the impact of SQE on diversit
Diversity Access Scheme – could someone you know benefit?
Applications for the Diversity Access Scheme are now open until 20 April 2022. In 2021, the scheme helped 15 aspiring solicitors from less advantaged backgrounds by offering funding, work experience, and mentoring.
> Share the application form to help make the profession more diverse and inclusive
Learn about the lived experiences of LGBT+ solicitors
Research into the experiences of LGBT+ solicitors has revealed a largely positive picture, with an overwhelming majority (82%) indicating they are out at work. However, there are still some pressing issues, including a lack of LGBT+ role models in the workplace, microaggressions, and difficulty coming out to clients.
This research was completed ahead of LGBT+ History Month which is celebrated each February.
> Uncover insights about the lived experiences of LGBT+ solicitors
The power of judicial review – Joe’s story
Joe was discharged from a 17-year career in the Royal Navy and stripped of his medal in 1993 because of his sexuality. After the sudden end of his military career, Joe’s finances took 15 years to recover.
Joe brought a successful judicial review of the Royal Navy’s actions. He received an apology from them and had his medal returned to him.
> Watch Joe’s story about the power of judicial review
Can I use a conditional fee agreement for an Inheritance Act 1975 claim?
“My client wishes to claim against his late uncle’s estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. He has asked if the action can be brought on a no-win, no-fee basis.”
> Can I use a conditional fee agreement?
Why cyber risk management is not the same as IT support
Firms are suffering cyber breaches as a result of assuming cyber risk management is provided by their IT support. Our partner Mitigo, look at the questions every law firm should ask themselves about their cybersecurity.
> Learn why cyber risk management is not the same as IT support
Career Management for Lawyers: Practical Strategies to Plan Your Next Chapter
Whether you’ve recently qualified, are facing a key career crossroads or want to take stock of your career, this book gives you all the essential tools to develop a plan you can put into action.
> Out now: order your copy
Training and events
Mitigating Ransomware Attacks
Tuesday 8 March
Cyber-criminals have become thoughtful about ransomware attacks, taking time to maximise your organisation’s potential damage and their payoff. Protecting your network from this growing threat is more important than ever. In this free webinar, Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4, will share practical advice and real-world examples of how you can defend your organisation from the ongoing ransomware threat.
> Protect your firm from ransomware attacks
Other events you may be interested in:
> CQS Core Practice Management Standards Update, 1 March
> A guide to avoid burnout, 1 March, Free
> Alternative routes to the profession, 15 March, Free
> Looking ahead: How to succeed in a new era of business by investing in your staff, 17 March
Making the most of your membership
Trying to figure out a better process for your legal client intake? A brand-new guide from Clio called “How to Grow Your Firm with Legal Client Intake” can help.
> Download your free copy
Law Society members can save 10%* on Bupa By You health insurance. Private health insurance can offer fast access to treatment and specialist support, so you’ll soon be back to business as usual. *T&Cs apply
> Save on Bupa By You
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