NewsBites - June 2012

NY delegates

Michael Todd QC, Bar Council chairman, led a delegation of barristers to New York in April, to attend the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law Spring Conference. They met with representatives from law firms, the New York City Bar and the UN.

Family Foundation

Mr Justice Coleridge has launched the Marriage Foundation, a pro-marriage organisation which will provide information, commission research and campaign for family-friendly policies. Coleridge J says marital breakdown damages children, parents and society as a whole. The patrons of the Foundation include Baroness Butler-Sloss, the former President of the Family Division and Baroness Deech, the chair of the BSB.

A career in crime

Barristers setting out on their careers may be interested in a new opportunity to train as Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutors.  The CPS is re-opening its Legal Trainee Scheme and will appoint 15 trainees in October 2012, with a second round of appointments beginning later that month.  Successful candidates who have yet to take the Legal Practice Course or the Bar Professional Training Course will be given financial assistance with funding their vocational training.

College of Law looks east

The College of Law has sold its education and training business to a private equity firm, and is expanding into the Far East to take advantage of “huge opportunities” in legal education in the UK and overseas.
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