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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 proposals criticised by government’s own consultant

The Ministry of Justice’s approach to cutting legal aid has been criticised by one of its own consultants.

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It’s easy being green: The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook is back!

Demonstrate that you take being green seriously by getting your hands on a copy of this year’s verdant edition of The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook, enrobed in this year’s most on-trend colour.

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Law and business: commercial news round-up 17.10.14

Commerciality and business nous: these are prized skills among lawyers and exactly the kind of thing that recruiters are looking for their trainees to possess.

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SRA emphasises commitment to equality and diversity reform

The chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s equality, diversity and inclusion committee has emphasised the SRA’s commitment to addressing the disproportionately high representation of black and minority ethnic solicitors in the regulator’s disciplinary work.

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Tens of thousands of families being denied justice by legal aid cuts, says Bar Council

The number of people receiving legal aid for family cases which go to court has dropped by 15,000 per quarter as a result of the government’s legal aid cuts, while the number of people receiving family law advice has fallen by 40,000 per quarter for the same reason, the Bar Council has revealed.

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New regulations ensure companies abide by equal pay legislation

Companies must comply with equal pay law as new rules force those in breach of legislation to evaluate pay structure to prevent further violations.

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Law and business: commercial news round-up 10.10.14

The best commercial lawyers have their fingers firmly on the pulse of the business world.

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Trainee solicitors to be recruited solely from vacation scheme at Mishcon from 2017

Mishcon de Reya has confirmed that it will offer training contracts only to those attending its vacation scheme.

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Chartered legal executives able to gain extra practice rights in immigration and litigation

Chartered legal executives are now able to apply for additional practice rights in the areas of immigration services and criminal, civil and family litigation.

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Trainee intakes to grow at Shearman and K&L Gates

Both Shearman & Sterling LLP and K&L Gates have confirmed that they will take on more trainees in the upcoming recruitment cycles.

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