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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.

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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Co-operative Legal Services announces £5.1m loss for first half of 2014

The Co-operative Legal Services has confirmed an operating loss of £5.1 million for the first half of the year, as reported by Legal Futures.

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Government approves Trailblazer apprenticeships; SRA and CILEx delighted

The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education have jointly announced that the apprenticeship standards for the Trailblazers in Law initiative have been approved.

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Law Society launches Access to Justice campaign

The Law Society has launched its new Access to Justice campaign, aiming to “defend the rule of law in an environment where legal advice is becoming more expensive and difficult to obtain”.

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Withers takes on two new apprentices and signs up to Trailblazers scheme

The first two apprentices to join Withers have started at the firm’s London office in its real estate and corporate departments.

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Clyde & Co retains 100% of its UK trainees

Clyde & Co has announced that it has offered jobs to 100% of its trainees, across all of its international offices, with a 100% acceptance rate in the United Kingdom (and a 98% global acceptance rate).

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Exam statistics show growing popularity of CILEx route into law

Statistics from the latest round of exam results show that more aspiring lawyers than ever are choosing the CILEx route into the profession.

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Apprenticeship opportunities grow as Mischon de Reya and Morrisons get on board

The take up of apprenticeships among law firms continued this month with the announcements that Mischon de Reya is to take on two new apprentices at its London office.

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Social welfare law training contracts on offer through new Justice First Fellowship Scheme

The Legal Education Foundation has established the Justice First Fellowship Scheme to boost careers in social welfare law; in the first round of recruitment, seven training contracts will be available with host organisations in England and Scotland.

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