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Archive for July 23rd, 2008

Mackerel, Omega 23 and other mattters…

Perhaps it was the image of Dawn Primarolo MP, Matron-in-Chief, in a newspaper today telling us that she is going to stop our world leading olympic medal winning binge drinkers from practising their craft  – but I have decided that a bit of Omega 3 to supplement the beneficial effects of red wine is probably useful.  I have decided to take up eating smoked mackerel. It is my new hobby.  I have a fridge full of smoked mackerel.  To ward off scurvy, I have also purchased some lemon and limes. There is more than enough water in wine and the odd glass of water to ensure that I am fully hydrated… tap water, of course..

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Today I am talking to Richard de Friend, director of the Bloomsbury centre of The College of Law. Richard has had a long and distinguished career in legal education as pro Vice Chancellor of Kent University and, in recent years, with the College of Law.

The Wood report is – rather like a cornetto… soft and imaginative  in parts  in terms of changes to  syllabus but with a hard outer covering in terms of the proposed exam structure…aptitude test and their concerns about fees. We discuss the implications of The Wood report on Bar legal education and assess how the proposed changes to bar education will affect the College.

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Listen to Podcast 72

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The Wood Report on the BVC

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Today I am talking to Jon McLeod, Chairman, Public Affairs – Weber Shandwick who acted for the Bar Standards Board in the recent report of the Working Group in relation to Review of The Bar Vocational Course.
Jon McLeod went into public affairs in 1994, having spent six years in financial and legal journalism. His specialisms include: Parliamentary and lobbying campaigns, coalition building, national media relations, litigation and legal communications, and strategic counsel.

The Bar Vocational Course is set to be renamed as the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). The Working Party report chaired by Derek Wood QC makes a number of important recommendations and the detail in the report itself provides a fascinating insight into the need for reform and the quality of provision at the various accredited providers – albeit without identifying the providers.

.I am going to talk to Jon as part of a short series of podcasts covering this topic about the report itself and the changes proposed.

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Listen to Podcast 71: Wood Report – The proposed changes to the BVC

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The Wood Report on the BVC

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Jon McLeod, Chairman of Public Affairs, Weber Chandwick

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23 July: Daily news and podcast

23 July: Daily news and podcast up on Insitelaw magazine

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