Check out the latest news and commentary from Byfield’s team members, as well as our guest blogs.

Why does it cost so much to train lawyers?

Tomorrow's barristers and solicitors will incur more debt in achieving their qualifications than any generation of legal professionals before them. 

Last month BPP University law school took the dubious honour of offering the most expensive legal practice course (LPC) in England...

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Law firms incubate for the future

Technology, technology, technology – it is the word on everyone’s lips.

Finally law firms are starting to realise the potential of legal tech investment, with Mishcon de Reya being the latest firm to create an incubator programme, MDR LAB, offering...

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For airlines, customer care must start from the CEO

I was interviewed on CNBC this morning about the United Airlines PR disaster.

It is surprising that this PR disaster came about just two months after the CEO of United, Oscar Munoz, was awarded 'Communicator of Year' by an industry title....

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Local authorities vs law firms

According to an exclusive from The Times, Kent County Council is going to sign a deal which will turn its in-house legal team into Invicta Law – the first legal department to become an independent private practice firm that...

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Law firms say "AI" to technological change

There is no doubt that technology is making great strides in all sectors, although companies are still trying to work out how to harness this to effectively promote growth and efficient work. 

It's been said that the legal sector is slow...

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Reputation, reputation

A company's reputation is integral to its success and growth. Many companies do not even consider potential reputational harm until the moment arrives, which means they then scramble to seek the best advice possible to tackle the issue at hand....

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New path to qualification as a solicitor

The SRA is to introduce a new super-exam - the SQE - which will remove the requirement for lawyers in training to undertake the GDL or the LPC. 

Under the new system, students who wish to qualify as a solicitor will...

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Is flexible working a hot potato in the legal sector?

It seems that every other week another law firm announces a new flexible working initiative to better accommodate their employees' personal interests and commitments, with the aim of keeping up retention levels.

Linklaters has just announced a new flexible working pilot...

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Legal first as crowdfunded prosecution goes to court

Britain's first crowdfunded prosecution ended in acquittal after just 17 minutes. The private prosecution was brought by The Cyclist's Defence Fund, a subsidiary of the Cycling UK charity, after crowdfunding over £80,000 to bring the case to court. Defendant Gail...

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Gender pay gap disparity

The introduction of mandatory reporting of the gender pay gap for organisations with over 250 employees was roundly welcomed earlier this month, and rightly so.

However, research from the Korn Ferry Hay Group suggests that the new legislation could have...

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