Read on to find out how the legal field has been affected by the coronavirus this week.
Freshfield Graduate Recruitment announced that its summer vacation scheme for this year would go ahead online in a virtual format.
Other law firms and chambers that have confirmed a move online for the vacation scheme/mini-pupillage summer cycles are:
Over the past couple of days and weeks, there have been a lot of changes and updates on how law firms are dealing with and employees affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Some of the most prominent updates from this week are:
As previously highlighted, The SRA is accepting applications from Professional Skills Course providers to temporarily move their teaching and assessment online or to remote proctoring of assessment.
However, as some students had concerns that this still would not fit in with their timeline of admission due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the SRA will now allow students to apply to defer completion of the PSC for admission as a solicitor. Students will need to ensure they successfully complete the course within 12 months of being admitted.
For more information on this decision and how to apply visit the SRA website.
The Lord Chief Justice announced that all new jury trials were to be postponed. A judicial working group has been put in place to consider new ways to re-start them when it is safe to do so.
Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service operational summary of 24th April 2020 indicated the following:
Words: Alicia Gibson
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