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In business

With an eye on the difficulties faced by newly qualified solicitors in finding jobs, the College of Law this week held a conference aimed at showing employers that the skills of law students are transferable to business. The speakers, all of whom trained as lawyers, included Yve Newbold, the company secretary of Hanson plc, and Stephen Hodge, the group treasurer of Royal Dutch Shell.

Home thoughts

The Law Society's proposals for the future of conveyancing will be under scrutiny at the national conference of the Solicitors Property Group, due to be held next week in Birmingham. The group differs with the society on a number of points, including the danger it perceives in requiring solicitors to give financial advice as part of a conveyancing specificiation; it rejects the call for a conveyancing kitemark, seeing it as part only of a greater need for quality management standards; and it urges the reintroduction of a recommended scale of fees whose effect would be to measure and maintain standards.

Top quality

Denton Hall has become the first top ten City law firm to achieve BS 5750, the quality service standard.

School fair

The Inns of Court School of Law's annual pupillage fair is being held tomorrow. The fair, at 4 Gray's Inn Place, aims to help Bar students in the increasingly competitive search for places in chambers, with more than 60 sets due to attend. Others at the fair will include representatives of the major high street banks and the Bar Association of Commerce, Finance and Industry.

3m pounds surplus

The Law Society's annual report records a surplus of income over expenditure of pounds 3.1m on a turnover of pounds 45.6m.