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Our News section offers key stories from the legal world, with a particular emphasis on training issues. We trawl the legal and mainstream press, and solicit press releases, so we can produce pithy news stories for your reading pleasure. But consider this a jumping-off point; read it here first, but do further research to find out more. And don’t forget to comment by signing into MyLC.N.

Social mobility work placement initiative recognised at industry awards

The Bar Council’s placement week scheme was recognised at the Halsbury Legal Awards in London, winning the award for diversity and inclusion.

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Law and business: commercial news round-up 26.09.14

Here is your weekly round-up of big business stories. Keep an eye on these, and others, to hone your commercial skills and make yourself an ever more attractive prospect for recruiters.

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Legal Education Foundation plans new pupillage scholarships to create social welfare law barristers

Following the Legal Education Foundation’s announcement of funding for seven new social welfare law training contracts earlier this month, the charity has also revealed its intention to extend the scheme to the Bar Professional Training Course graduates.

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City firms hope for increase in corporate M&A work

City firms are expecting an increase in the amount of corporate merger & acquisition work thanks to some recovery in the business economy.

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London Legal Support Trust celebrates 10th anniversary with help of Judge Rinder

The London Legal Support Trust is celebrating 10 years of work with legal advice centres, as it plays host to a ‘dazzling decade’ party in October.

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Pathways to Law application deadline beckons for Year 12 students

Year 12 students interested in a career in law and eligible for the Pathways to Law scheme have one week until the application window closes.

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Law and business: commercial news round-up 19.09.14

This is the first in a weekly series of news digests, collecting together some of the key business stories that you should keep an eye on for two important reasons.

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New LGBT diversity scheme launched by Freshfields

Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has announced a new programme within its diversity networks, supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

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Legal aid cuts force Bristol firms to merge

Bristol firms Watkins Solicitors and Brain Sinnot & Co have announced that they will merge as "a direct result" of the legal aid cuts which are continuing to hurt firms across the country.

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Edwards Wildman and Locke Lord confirm intention to merge in 2015

US firms Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP and Locke Lord have signed a Letter of Intent to combine their two firms, although the proposal is subject to further negotiations and partner approval.

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