2017-18 JLD Update
JLD conference and ball
The eleventh annual JLD conference, was attended by over 100 junior lawyers from across England and Wales. Keynote speaker Baroness Hale, president of the Supreme Court, spoke on the importance of access to justice and the impact of the gender pay gap. There were also sessions covering GDPR, artificial intelligence, building resilience and smaller breakout sessions which focused on moving in-house and court reforms.
After the conference the annual JLD ball was held, which included a raffle in aid of the homeless charity, Crisis UK, for whom over £600 was raised.
The key points below were discussed at the JLD meeting.
Resilience and wellbeing survey report
Further to the resilience and wellbeing survey, undertaken earlier this year by junior lawyers throughout the country, over 82 per cent of respondents reported either regularly or occasionally feeling stressed in the month before completing the survey with 26 per cent of those individuals being severely/extremely stressed. Key stressors were found to be high workload, client demands/expectations, lack of support and ineffective management.
The full report can be found by clicking on the link below.
With the growing wave of technological advancements being brought into the legal workplace in order to assist the work that the profession does the JLD is keen to gain insight into how technology is affecting junior lawyers and how, if at all, LawTech will impact junior lawyers going forward. A survey to better understand junior lawyers thoughts on this and how best the JLD can support its members was distributed on 4 May to MTSG members. The survey can be found on the link below.
The Solicitors Qualifying Examination (“SQE”)
The SQE was discussed with a representative from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”) at the JLD meeting. If you are not aware of SQE, JLD guidance on the future route into the profession can be found by clicking on the link below. The SRA is due to announce the sole assessment provider for the SQE in the coming weeks. More details are expected to emerge concerning the format of the assessment itself later on.
You can also join the SRA’s SQE LinkedIn group and participate in the group discussion about the development of the SQE. You can join the group here.
Secondment opportunity – Brussels
The Law Society Office in Brussels is offering trainee solicitors from the UK a unique opportunity to undertake a six-month secondment commencing in September 2018. The closing date for applications is 3 June. You can view further details here.
Serving our members better online – take the Law Society survey
The Law Society wants to improve members’ experiences of its online services. They are soon to begin a digital transformation, starting with a website redesign, and would like your help. They would therefore like as many members as possible to take part in its short survey to tell them about their experience of the Law Society website and what is important to them. The Society wants to provide its existing and future members with a user-friendly and easy to navigate website.
This short survey will help them to understand what you think is important for the Law Society website. The survey includes questions on your use of the website.
Take the survey here - https://surveys.concep.com/s/10747ab66f1794bf7197c7f43493a203ec556cb6