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Emma Earnshaw

CJLD Easter Pub Quiz

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Dear CJLD members

We are delighted to invite you to an Easter-themed pub quiz onThursday 11 April 2013 at 6.30 pm. This will be held at the Empress pub on Thoday Street, Cambridge CB1 3AX. We have the lounge section reserved from 6.30 to 9.30 pm. For further details please see their website:

There is no fee for entering the quiz, but please do arrive promptly and ready to start the quiz at 7 pm. There will be a bar tab for drinks and prizes for the winners, all sponsored by Wesleyan.

We will send email reminders closer to the date, but in the meantime if you would like to attend, please RSVP to or by Friday 5 April with your team name and participants.

Let the egg-citing fun begin!

Many thanks

Your social secretaries,

Emma and Yasemin

CJLD’s first social event of 2013…

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The first event of 2013 is finally here….

CJLD Celebrates the Year of the Snake – Thursday 21 February 2013


To welcome the year of the snake, the CJLD would like to invite you for a Chinese meal on Thursday 21 February. This will take place at Yim Wah Express (probably the best Chinese in Cambridge!) on Lensfield Road.


It will cost £15 for the evening’s menu. There will also be a bar tab for drinks.


We will send out emails closer to the event with more details, but in the meantime if you would like to attend please RSVP to or by Friday 15 February. Let us know if you are a vegetarian or have any dietary requirements.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Your social secretaries,

Yasemin and Emma

CJLD “Masquerade” Ball – Saturday 27 October 2012 !!!

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You are cordially invited to the   CJLD “Masquerade” Ball 2012  on Saturday 27 October 2012 at Girton College, Cambridge.

Join us for an evening of mystery, intrigue and illusion…

–         Drinks reception in the Fellows’ Rooms from 18:30.

–         Dinner served in the Great Hall at 19:30

–         Carriages at midnight

–         Dress Code: Black tie and masks

Tickets cost £50 for members and £55 for non-members and include:

–         A drinks reception

–         A three course meal

–         Wine and after dinner coffee.

There will be mystery entertainers as well as a DJ and disco going late into the night.

A charity raffle will be held during the evening with all proceeds going to Addenbrookes Charitable Trust. There will also be a prize for the most extravagant mask, so go all out and show your creative flair.

To purchase tickets, please contact either Amy Baird ( or Sarah Atkinson ( by 1 October 2012.  Partners and friends are more than welcome.  We look forward to seeing you all there!


The CJLD Ball is kindly sponsored by:

CJLD 2012 social calendar: the first six months

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The May event saw the CJLD members in a more studious mood than usual, as Wesleyan for Lawyers hosted an interactive seminar on saving and investing.  Members at the drinks afterwards (discussing wild mis-management of their own finances) all agreed the session was a useful eye-opener.

This was preceded in April by an event uniquely calculated to scare away the shy and uncoordinated, with a Salsa class at St Pauls Church on Hills Road.  Attendees have assured us it was a great night, with a dance-off resulting in a Kindle being awarded to Beth Thomas of Mills & Reeve.

March saw the hosting of one of the jewels in the CJLD crown, the Pub Quiz.  The teams were generally baffled, with questions like “What is the actual colour of an airplane’s black box” causing consternation and barely-concealed anger.  The ‘Quiz Stains’ won first place, collecting their prizes in front of a resentful crowd.

The early events served as a decent introduction for the new CJLD members, with festive drinks held in December followed by cocktails in January at the Snug.  Things got slightly more serious in February with a sit-down Italian meal – memorable to most as being just about the longest meal in history.  This all helped to ensure, however, that the ice was well and truly thawed for the subsequent events.

Massive thanks go to Lilly Hamilton and Saskia Molekamp, the CJLD Social Secretaries, for their hard work in organising these events, and also the sponsors.

What Happened in Liverpool

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Hello my friends

My apologies for not being able to write an earlier update about the National JLD Conference and Committee Meeting which I went to last weekend.  It has been a very busy week for me, and probably for all of you as well.

I am not going to talk too elaborately about the conference and ball, as you probably already know or heard that they were utterly – Amazing!   To add to the excitement, I won a bit of a prize from the dinner raffle held that evening – 3 free tickets to the Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium in Manchester!  However, to be honest, I got a little disappointed when I realised that there wasn’t a free return ticket to Manchester in the envelop as well…  So, if any of you happen to be travelling up north a lot, and are interested in watching dog racing, please let me know as soon as possible as there are only 3 tickets.

Now let’s move on to the serious stuff.

On Sunday 29 April, the 2nd National JLD Committee meeting was held in Liverpool Holiday Inn, and here are the main issues that have been discussed:

1. Update from the JLD Executive Committee on the progress of various work the JLD has committed itself to.  The issues which may be of particular interest to you are:

  • The JLD has participated in the equality impact assessment on the trainee minimum salary issue and submitted its answers to SRA, who will make a decision on 16 May.

If you wish to also participate in the equality impact assessment as an individual stake holder, please do so before 10 May, when the assessment closes.

  • The Legal Aid Bill is currently going through the two Houses, where the House of Lords have made a historical amount of amendments due to the controversy instigated by the Bill. JLD urges prospective lawyers to think carefully what areas of law they would like to practice upon qualification, because as a result of the Bill some areas may not be as lucrative as they used to seem.

2. SRA CPD Review

The SRA is reviewing the current CPD framework in order to make it more effective for meeting the professional development needs of lawyers at different stages of their career. Focus groups and interviews were arranged during the meeting, and participated by all members of the JLD Committee.  In particular, people contributed their views to the following questions:

  • How the planning of CPD courses should differ as fee earners’ experience grows;
  • Are there any barriers to make CPD useful to you;
  • How the CPD provision is planned in different types of firm;
  • How is CPD valuated;
  • How prescriptive CPD should be;
  • What do you think the SRA should do to make CPD more effective? 

To the last question, I made a suggestion that in stead of talking about imposing severer sanctions and more intense monitoring for firms to comply with CPD requirements, why not start by rewarding firms which have demonstrated good compliance – e.g. by publicising the overall CPD records achieved by the firm’s employees during that year on the SRA website, which shows to the public the efforts made by that firm to keep its lawyers updated with the latest legal developments.  By doing so, we can hope that firms get a stronger incentive to ensure better CPD training to their employees.  This suggestion was well received by all participants.

3. Legal Education and Training Review (‘LETR’)

The review is a joint project of the SRA and the Bar Standards Board as well as the Institute of Legal Executives Professional Standards. The aim of the review is to fundamentally examine the legal education and training requirements of individuals and entities delivering legal services, from entry to the profession to continuing professional development, to see whether they are fit for purposes. It will result in a final report in December 2012 presenting a number of recommendations for the future regulation of legal education and training. 

The  JLD Committee held a group discussion on various aspects of the LETR, including whether the LPC is a necessary or desirable part of qualification pathway, whether there should be a national assessment on legal qualification and whether the concept of qualifying law degree should be abolished, etc.  The value of professional skills courses has also been discussed and debated upon during the meeting.

As individual members of  JLD, you are also welcome and encouraged to submit your own views to help with the above review. Please send your comments via the LETR website –, or the dedicated email address at, or alternative to the JLD email address –

4. JLD Essay Competition 2012

The essay question for this year is ‘What impact should the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill have on the Legal Education and Training Review?’

Essays must be no more than 2,000 words in length. The winner will receive a prize of £500 and the runners up will receive £250.

Entries must be submitted by email to – the closing date is 28 June 2012.

 For more information, please visit the JLD website at: 

5. Other forth-coming events:

  • The LPC Student Forum 2012 is going to be held in Leeds – date and place to be confirmed;
  • Expedition to Borneo – details will be circulated later;
  • Unpaid work experience survey – students will be invited to participate in this survey regarding how much unpaid work experience they have been doing;
  • The JLD Facebook page has now switched from a group page to fans page.  So please do make sure that you follow the shift to link yourself up to the right page;
  • The next JLD National Committee meeting will be held on 6 October in London;
  • Election for the new JLD Executive Committee including the president and vice president will commence at the end of September.

So…that is briefly (you may dispute that) what happened in Liverpool last weekend.  For those of you who have the perseverance to follow me all the way here, my huge gratitude and admiration to you.  Hoping you all get a bit of information which is useful to you.  Please do come to visit the CJLD website from time to time, as more interesting news and events will be posted here shortly after.

Hoping you all enjoy a very relaxing bank holiday.

See you soon


National JLD Annual Conference & Ball in Liverpool (28 April 2012)

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If you are interested in attending the National JLD annual conference & ball in Liverpool, please make the booking as soon as possible. The conference and ball will be held on Saturday 28 April 2012 at Liverpool John Moores University and Metropolitan Cathedral Liverpool.  I attach below a link to the webpage where you can view the details of the event and make the reservation.

During the conference there will be seminars about lawyering skills and face-to-face CV clinics throughout the day.  The CV clinics are provided on a first come first served basis, so the earlier you make the reservation the better.

Any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Kind regards


Jing Xu (National Representative for CJLD)

Nominations for JLD Pro Bono Award 2012

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If you are actively involved in Pro Bono work, or think some of your colleagues deserve being rewarded for their hard work in this respect, please bear in mind that nominations for the above prestigious award are only open till 2 April. This award is part of LawWorks’ annual awards and is aimed at recognising the pro bono work undertaken by individual trainees and solicitors with up to five years post-qualification experience.

As a gentle reminder:

  • The award does not include students. Students have a separate award through LawWorks and the Attorney General Student Awards.
  • This award is intended for individuals only. Any organisation employing a nominated individual will not be referenced at all.
  • Nominations close on 2 April 2012.

For further information including the nomination form and guidance visit

Thank you very much for your attention. And good luck to you all!

Jing Xu (National JLD Representative)

CJLD Committee for 2012 ‘meet’

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The new Committee gathered around a table in the Fountain, on 1 March, and purported to discuss matters of importance, though it has since emerged not a single word was successfully exchanged due to the quite staggering level of background noise.  Members mouthed at each other for about 45 minutes before giving up.  Luckily, the Committee members are apparently working away on their own briefs, evidenced by the upcoming Pub Quiz organised by Social Secretaries Lilly and Saskia.  Please see the Events page for more details.