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November 2013

Child Maltreatment Bill 2013-14

If you have covered Constitutional Law in some detail, you will appreciate just how difficult it can be to get Private Members’ Bills pushed all the way through both houses of Parliament in order to become law. Only a very small percentage of these bills acquire Royal Assent and become statutes. Therefore, it is interesting when a Private Member’s Bill appears to be attracting more attention than usual, especially when it covers such an important aspect of family and criminal law. 

Dealing With Illness Whilst Studying

While we can all agree that the autumn can be exceptionally beautiful in many ways – what with the glorious changing colours all around us – we would also tend to concur in that the dreaded colds do their rounds at this time of the year. 

If you are currently midway through studying for your Legal Secretaries Diploma with The Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs, it is important to understand how we can help you.

How to Cope With Quirky Interview Questions

“Would you say you’re a good communicator?” is a classic interview question, but the follow-up, “Explain why”, can really scupper interviewees, who might find themselves mumbling and scrabbling for examples and looking like anything but a good communicator!

Practising the Art of Shorthand

In my younger days people would say that shorthand and typing were “such useful skills” and that one would scarcely be out of a job with such aptitudes tucked under one’s belt.

‘Shorthand’ includes many types both written with the pen and produced by machines. Pitman, Gregg and Teeline are renowned pen methods, whereas Stenotype and Palantype are well-known machine systems.

Recent Developments in the Law of Contract

This month we are considering a recent Supreme Court case and whether it affects the Law of Contract. The Law of Contract is covered in Unit 2 of ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma course, where the elements of what makes a legally binding agreement are considered. As with any area of law, there are continual developments which your regular reading of the Legal Secretaries Journal and News section of our Membership area should help you keep up to date with.

Tougher Legislation for Modern-day Slavery

The topic of human trafficking and modern-day slavery is an issue that is always guaranteed to provoke emotion in people. Some official sources are claiming that there has been up to a 300 per cent rise in human trafficking numbers from certain countries (Albania, Lithuania, Romania, Vietnam, etc.) in just two years.

Why I Enrolled With ILSPA

I enrolled for the Legal Secretaries Diploma course due to the fact that since I was young I always dreamt of being a Solicitor. As I grew up, I undertook experience in major law firms – Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Pinsent Masons. After these experiences my passion for law was confirmed, so I sought to look for relevant experience and to get a qualification before I began my Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).