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. And don’t forget to comment by signing into MyLC.N.

New ‘super exam’ for qualifying solicitors confirmed for 2020 – with LPC no longer a requirement

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has officially confirmed its shake-up of the route to becoming a solicitor with a new ‘super exam’ which all prospective solicitors will have to pass in order to qualify. 


Clifford Chance lawyer to be Law Society president in 2019

Results from the recent Law Society presidential election have been released, with news that commercial litigation partner Simon Davis of Clifford Chance is to become president in 2019. 


International firms Gowling WLG and Hill Dickinson announce new legal apprenticeship intakes

The apprenticeship route into law continues to gather pace, as international firms Gowling WLG and Hill Dickinson become the latest to announce new intakes of apprentices for September 2017.


Commercial news round-up: election, Weetabix, Green Investment Bank, Sky

With the excesses of Easter behind you, it’s time to really commit to the task ahead: developing your commercial awareness and thus significantly improving your chances on the recruitment frontline. Start here with this week’s curated group of topical news stories.


Plans to introduce evening court hearings questioned by solicitors and barristers

Plans by the government to extend the hours at which courts are open to as late as 8:30pm have been met with resistance from across the legal profession.

Firms should provide more training and counselling services related to stress, say trainees and NQs

Trainee and newly qualified solicitors think that firms should do more to provide training and support on stress at work, a survey by the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) has revealed.  


JLD research reveals 93% of junior lawyers suffered stress in month preceding survey

The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) of the Law Society has called on firms to provide better training and support for trainees to combat high levels of work-related stress in NQs.


Commercial news round-up: Unilever, BrewDog, Toshiba, recruitment woes

The four-day weekend looms and while it’s hard to imagine doing anything much other than gorging on chocolate and hot cross buns, it’s also an opportunity to catch up on some light reading. 

BPP launches new LLM programmes for aspiring solicitors and barristers

No text


Truss under fire from MPs after series of high-profile blunders and conflict of interest claims

The many members of the legal profession who harbour doubts over Lord Chancellor Liz Truss have been joined by some of her cabinet colleagues following a series of blunders at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), briefings to the press made clear last week.