Fancy a Law Career?

DQ Advocates is to run Insight Days this Easter with local A-level students from each of the Island’s secondary schools offered the opportunity to experience day-to-day life in an active legal environment.

Students will be able to meet and network with representatives across all levels of the firm, explore how their skills and knowledge might apply to the world of law and take part in various sessions. These will range from a partner firm overview and hearing about the daily life of a trainee to an advocacy workshop and how to succeed with applications and in interviews.

Andrew Harding, Director at DQ, said: ‘The Insight days are something we are very enthusiastic about and want to share and provide young people with a strong sense of what it really means to be part of our firm. The ability to meet advocates and learn about the different work they do, providing a platform to develop certain skills such as analysis and debate without the need to know any law before the day, is invaluable.

‘Whether you’ve set your heart on law or are still deciding if it’s the right path for you, this programme should help many students make a decision.’

nsight Days will be run during the Easter Holidays with up to 10 students from each school invited.

Applications can be found at dq.im/careers and should be completed and returned to internships@dq.im by 11 March 2022

Pickleball

There will soon be more opportunities to play the fastest-growing racquet sport in the world thanks to a grant from Manx Lottery Trust.

It has awarded a grant of £1,152 to Ellan Vannin Pickleball Club to mark outdoor pickleball courts at Noble’s Park in Douglas. This will fund line painting, surface repairs and equipment so more people can enjoy the popular sport locally. Combining elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, pickleball can be played indoors or outdoors on a court smaller than a tennis court.

(L-R) John Harris, Elaine Shallcross, Robby Orr – International Federation of Pickleball Ambassador for the Isle of Man and Chris Reynolds -Pickleball England’s Island Representative..JPG

John Harris, Chairman at Ellan Vannin Pickleball, said: ‘Pickleball is growing at pace all over the world. With a low net, paddles and wiffle ball it can be played and enjoyed by all ages and abilities, and importantly, it is a lot of fun! As it grows in popularity in the Isle of Man, we wanted to create further opportunities to play the sport and are very grateful to Manx Lottery Trust for its support in making this happen.’

Sarah Kelly, Chairman of Manx Lottery Trust, added: ‘Pickleball is evidently a fast-growing sport enjoyed by many so we were keen to support its development in the Isle of Man. Hopefully the outdoor court in Noble’s Park will encourage more people to give the sport a go and try their hand at this enjoyable racquet activity.’

Prince Andrew

Documents filed in America show that Prince Andrew has has settled a lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre. The settlement was announced in a letter to the judge overseeing the case by Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, who said it was on behalf of both parties. The amount of the settlement is not being disclosed, but requires Andrew to make ‘a substantial donation’ to Giuffre’s charity that supports victim’s rights.

Johnson and Hancock

The High Court in London has today found that the appointments of both Dido Harding and Mike Coupe were unlawful. It held that Matt Hancock broke the law in appointing Dido Harding as Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection and in appointing Mike Coupe as Director of Testing at Test and Trace. The High Court was also clear that the Prime Minister broke the law in appointing Dido Harding as Chair of Test and Trace. 

While the formal declaration reflects only the appointments made by Matt Hancock, the High Court is clear that the process adopted by the Prime Minister was also unlawful. All three appointments breached the public sector equality duty.

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