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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.

Law and business: commercial news round-up 30.07.15

Short and sweet this week, so as not to distract you from making your final training contract applications (not that we would never advise submitting on the deadline itself!).

Firms can recruit trainees from second year of university onwards, following recruitment code change

The Voluntary Code of Practice for the Recruitment of Trainee Solicitors has been changed to allow firms to recruit trainees from the second year of university onwards. 


MoJ proposes further court fee increases

The government has proposed a further increase in court fees following a hike in March, but the Law Society has said the move amounts to a further curtailing of access to justice for members of the public and small businesses.

Global rep of UK law threatened if qualification standards watered down

The Law Society has warned that various proposals under consideration by the SRA that would change the way in which solicitors qualify could serve to damage the perception of the United Kingdom as a “global centre of legal excellence”.


Government's exceptional funding scheme ruled to be breaching human rights by High Court

The government's exceptional funding scheme for people who have been denied legal aid because of cuts has been ruled unlawful by the High Court.


Law and business: commercial news round-up 23.07.2015

Note: it is just over a week until the main training contract application deadline - 31 July - so it is certainly reasonable to be focusing on that right now. 


Three more apprentices join Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

The apprenticeship drive at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co continues, with three more apprentices set to join the firm’s real estate team.

Study finds innovation among lawyers is on increase, with ABS leading the way

The largest ever study of innovation in the legal sector has revealed that lawyers are becoming more innovative when it comes to organising and managing their businesses.


Rare’s ‘Discuss’ social mobility programme joined by Herbert Smith Freehills and Travers Smith

Herbert Smith Freehills and Travers Smith have joined Discuss, a social mobility programme run by the diversity specialists, Rare Recruitment.


Law and business: commercial news round-up 16.07.15

It’s the story that just runs and runs; the week was again dominated by what’s been happening in Greece.

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