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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.

Sullivan & Cromwell announces 100% trainee retention

Joining the select group of firms that boasts 100% trainee retention, Sullivan & Cromwell has announced that its first cohort of trainees have all been offered and accepted NQ positions at the firm.


Direct Access Portal, enabling direct contact with barristers, receives Bar Council’s support

A website which enables customers to get in direct contact with barristers has received the support of the Bar Council.


Solicitors refuse new criminal legal aid cases in protest at latest fee cuts

Solicitors in magistrates' courts and police stations across the country began refusing new legal aid cases yesterday, in protest at the government’s latest 8.75% cuts to legal aid fees.

Law and business: commercial news round-up 02.07.15

Don’t let the soaring temperatures distract you from the task at hand; namely, improving your understanding of the commercial world.


Cheshire-based law firm latest to announce recruitment of legal apprentices

Bott & Co, based in Wilmslow, Cheshire, is the latest firm to announce a plan for the recruitment of legal apprentices to join its team.


Solicitors and barristers will refuse to take on new criminal cases in protest at latest fee cuts

Some solicitors and barristers have said they will refuse to take on new criminal cases in protest at the government’s decision to cut legal aid fees for criminal cases by a further 8.75%.


Law and business: commercial news round-up 25.06.15

There's no getting away from the fact that this week the business pages have been dominated by the "will they, won't they" saga of Greece's financial calamities and possible exit from the European Union.

Attempt to quash QASA is rejected by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has refused to quash the introduction of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA), which assesses the competency of criminal barristers.


Gove demands that rich lawyers do more to fill gaps caused by his government’s legal aid cuts

The justice secretary, Michael Gove, has said that rich lawyers and firms should do more to make justice available for all following the removal of access to justice for most of the public by his government’s legal aid cuts.


US firms Shearman & Sterling and Latham & Watkins reveal high NQ retention rates

Shearman & Sterling has announced that it is keeping on all 13 of its September 2015 qualifying trainees, while fellow US-headquartered firm Latham & Watkins is retaining 20 of its 21 autumn qualifiers.

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