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Alternative Routes to the Legal Profession

The news that magic circle law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is offering paralegal apprenticeships must be welcomed with open arms. This move creates more flexibility and wider access to the legal profession.

This new initiative will hopefully encourage other law firms to offer similar apprenticeships, ensuring that the legal profession does not lose out on the talented lawyers who could not, for whatever reason, take the traditional trainee route. 

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Byfield launches latest report looking at alternatives to merger in the legal sector

Byfield will launch its latest white paper into alternative growth strategies to law firm mergers at an exclusive breakfast event on Tuesday 13 September at Fox Williams LLP.  

Our research canvasses the views of over 75 of the UK’s top 200 managing partners and promises to be the most comprehensive research into alternative growth strategies.

Joining us for a panel debate will be five expert panelists including Tina Williams, Chair of Fox Williams LLP, Shirley Brookes, Senior Partner at PwC Legal, Derek Southall, Head of Innovation and Digital at Gowling WLG, Paul Deacon, Owner of Deacon Search and Robert Bata, Founder and Principal at Warwick Place Legal

They will share their insights on the report's findings, including most effective strategies for organic growth, team moves, international networks and technology. Rob Verkaik, former Home and Law Editor at The Independent and Legal Affairs and Security Editor at the Mail on Sunday, author of this report, will chair the panel discussion.   

This is a must-attend event for managing partners, management boards and senior communications professionals. 

Attendees will also receive a complimentary copy of the report.   

Time: 8.30am for 9.00am start 

Ends: 10.30am, with networking opportunity to follow 

Venue:Fox Williams LLP, 10 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AF   

Breakfast will be provided.  

If you would like to attend, please contact  with the name, firm name and email address of those wishing to attend. 

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British media enjoying boost from Brexit

Newspapers and other publishers are enjoying an increase in both sales and internet traffic as a result of the Brexit vote. 

The British electorate's momentous decision to leave the EU and the fast-moving political comings and goings that followed it have caused the public to go flocking back to British publishers to ensure they're kept informed as the situation progresses. 

But how long will it last? If it's as long as the Brexit negotiations are expected to go on - then quite a while. 

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Lights. Camera. Action?

The government's new pilot allowing cameras in Crown Courts is a positive move towards creating more transparency in the legal process. Byfield Consultancy's Managing Director, Gus Sellitto, talks to International Business Times UK to explain why this is a step in the right direction.

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Byfield nominated for Law Society Excellence Award

Byfield Consultancy is thrilled to announce that it has been shortlisted alongside Funke Abimbola - award winning lawyer leading the legal team at Roche UK - for the Diversity & Inclusion Award category at the Law Society Excellence Awards. 

This comes after our joint thought leadership report published in October 2015, 'Opening up or shutting out? Social mobility in the legal profession'. This report surveyed the Top 50 UK law firms on their approach to social mobility and diversity. 

The report highlighted the persistence of gender and social imbalances in leadership positions across private practice law firms. However encouraging signs are coming from the legal sector trying to tackle these issues.  

This is fantastic recognition of our agency's unique thought leadership research capabilities and our expert insight of the legal sector. 

The winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony on Thursday 20 October. 

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