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.

Gender equality round-up: firms ban “Dear sirs” emails and launch breastmilk delivery scheme

Two firms have stepped up their contributions to making law a more gender-equal profession, with Freshfields banning “Dear sirs” as a way to begin communications and Latham & Watkins launching a breastmilk delivery programme for its travelling lawyers. 


Two international firms reveal how many autumn qualifiers are staying on

Stephenson Harwood and US-headquartered White & Case have revealed their trainee retention rates for the cohort qualifying in Autumn 2016.

Liberal Democrat conference passes motion expressing “regret” at legal aid cuts

A motion has been passed at the Liberal Democrats conference expressing “regret” at the party’s role in making swingeing cuts to the legal aid budget during the 2010-15 coalition government.


Law Soc slams report branding solicitors “corruption enablers”

The Law Society has condemned a report from the National Crime Agency (NCA) that identifies money-laundering as a major threat and describes solicitors as “crucial to the laundering of illicit funds”. 


Law and business news round-up: Brexit, FCUK, Lloyd’s, Ericsson

Want to know what’s been happening in the commercial world that might be of interest to your future clients? Look no further than this collection of interesting business stories from the past week.


Clifford Chance to cut 20 training contracts from 2018 intake

Magic circle firm Clifford Chance is cutting its training contract numbers by 20.


Government to make justice inaccessible for most asylum seekers through 500% fees increase

The government is to continue with its plans to increase court fees for immigration and asylum cases by up to 500%, despite near-unanimous opposition from lawyers, law centres, unions and community groups.

Truss says Bill of Rights is firmly on the agenda

The justice secretary, Liz Truss, has confirmed that it is the government’s intention to go ahead with plans to implement a British Bill or Rights, although no timescale has been revealed.


SRA releases Brexit guidance to firms

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has published a report on the possible impact of Brexit on law firms.


Law and business news round-up: Hinkley nuclear project, TTIP, Bayer, oil drilling

“Brexit means Brexit”, but what does that mean? We may not be any closer to finding out the details of what Brexit could entail (besides it definitely being Brexit, as Theresa May keeps saying), but a summer of government fence sitting and inactivity has finally come to an end this week with a big announcement. We bring you news of that below, along with a round-up of other important developments in the world of law and business this week.