David Gauke becomes first solicitor Lord Chancellor

Former financial services solicitor David Gauke was appointed Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary in Theresa May’s latest reshuffle. read more

Chair’s plea to help shrinking junior Bar

Recruitment and retention must be at the heart of the Bar Council’s work as the number of barristers under five years’ Call slides back to the levels of a quarter of a century ago. read more

White students twice as likely to get pupillage, report reveals

White students are twice as likely to get pupillage than their ethnic minority counterparts, according to research from the Bar Standards Board (BSB). read more

Record number of ethnic minority barristers appointed in QC round

The highest number of lawyers from ethnic minority backgrounds were among the 119 newly appointed Queen’s Counsel. read more

Legal honours

A former human rights judge and retired Chief Magistrate were among the lawyers recognised in the New Year’s Honours List. read more

Prison legal aid

Legal aid will be restored for three areas of prison law following the Court of Appeal’s ruling in Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service v the Lord Chancellor – for pre-... read more

Law Commission work

Surrogacy, residential leasehold, driverless cars and smart contracts are among the 14 project areas to be reviewed in the Law Commission’s 13th programme of reform. read more

Supreme vacancies

The selection process for Deputy President of the Supreme Court and two or three Justices has begun, due to the retirements this year of the Deputy President, Lord Mance, Lord Hughes and Lord... read more

BSB appointments

Kathryn Stone, Chief Legal Ombudsman; Lara Fielden, former television producer and current chair of governors at the Children’s Hospital School at Great Ormand Street and University College... read more

Lord Steyn: 1932 – 2017

Renowned as one of the UK’s most liberal judges, South African-born Lord Steyn was a prominent opponent of apartheid and opposed Tony Blair and George Bush over the Iraq War and Guantanamo. read more